I’m leaving…

I’m not leaving the blogging world, but I am leaving Rochester, NY. I moved here about 10 years ago to start a job here, and now it’s time to say goodbye.

My time here has been mixed – both filled with the best times in my life and some of the worst. I don’t think I’ve really had a lot of luck with any one church in the area (I’ve seriously attended 3-4, and tried out about 20+) but I never was able to call one home before I had to move on to the next. When I go back to Pennsylvania, it will be going home to a church community that I can truly call home. My reaction to many of the churches here could be best summed up by what my father, exasperated by the funky Christianity, told some curious women at a religious retreat he was teaching at…

Women: Is this Christian stuff really real?
My father: (after being part of a weekend of near-insanity and regretting it) I just don’t know.

I believe it is real, but it is so encrusted with the ridiculous that it’s hard to sift the real from the crap.

But you know what makes me smile the most about going home? I look forward to being with my younger brother and his family most of all. It’s been tough being gone for the past 15 years – I hope to be able to spend time with him – probably on lunches every week. He and I will both be working in the same town – me from the comfort of my sweet home office, and him from his office at his work. What a wild life it will be from here on out.

I can feel it. Something is happening… Something good in all this. 🙂

    3 Responses to “I’m leaving…”

    1. Mark

      Interesting how many degrees of Christianity there are isn’t it. Hope all goes for you in PA. It is truly a beautiful place to live. Hope you find the social group that you are looking for in your new adventure.
      The good news is that you have learned many lessons from the people who you are now moving away from. Good luck.

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    2. Jonathan
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      Thanks Mark! I’m thinking things will be better too. Soon after I am done writing this comment, I will be deleting half this post. I can really be a jerk sometimes. I’m pretty ashamed about the wine conversation – I lot of good people disagree with me on that subject, and I come across as a real jerk the way I argue sometimes. I had a very bad week. It’s getting a little better. Now I am going to purge my stupidity.

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    3. darling24_7

      Change is good. All the best with the move and Im sure it will be a great adventure.

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