First in a series

There are seven days until I graduate college and cease formal education. Four years at UE, and there's a lot I want to say. And above all, a lot of people who have been important along the way. The focus is very sharply on people whom I would have been unlikely to meet away from UE.

Brian Erickson, Part 1

Two years ago, 104 weeks ago, a hundred or more people, mostly in their 20s, gathered for a the fourth Sunday of Easter at the campus chapel. And the sermon began very similar to the above. Two years ago it was the chaplain, Brian Erickson who was preaching for the last time. His sermon settled in with reminiscing about the men of faith who had influenced him. He said that he wasn't one to remember much detail from the sermons they preached. He remembered the big ideas, studied the Gospels, and eventually ended up with the title "Reverend."

I'm not too interested in all of that, though. The reason Erickson was popular among students didn't have a lot to do with the fact that he knew the Gospels. It was because he was (and probably remains) witty and personable. He was also a musician who liked to provide music during the services. At some point his morning, this song popped into my head, and I eventually realized the bizarre syncrhonicity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Gb...

It was slid in at the end of the "farewell" service two years ago.

Erickson and his wife, Mollie, have since moved to Alabaster, Alabama. Their church, Alabaster First United Methodist, has been providing assistance to displaced Alabamans. I hadn't realized until a few minutes ago how close they were to Birmingham.