Pending official ratification from the Executive Committee I have been accepted as a Minister with probationary status on the General Assembly Role. This week was the Valedictory Service here at Unitarian College Manchester, which was a good occasion. The picture above is from the day. I'm the one with the eccentric stole. The more somberly dressed but equally handsome fellow is Csaba Todor who has been here for the year from Transylvania. So right now I'm just working on my dissertation, that I'm trying to get finished before I go on holiday. Then I'll be off to the States for a long holiday. It's been three years since I left Boston, so I'm returning there and visiting some friends, then on to New York, then Portland, Oregon, San Francisco and possibly even a road trip to Montana. It will be the first holiday proper I've had (barring going to retreats, conferences, summer schools etc) for eight years. I'm looking forward to it.