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Like many here, I suspect - I didn't know what exactly I would "do" with my ordination but that didn't keep me from applying for it. I had some vague notions about some day. When the first opportunity came to identify myself "as a minister" - I did so hesitantly as after all - even I didn't believe that a "legal" fine line made me into my notion of all that a "minister" should know or be able to do. Over the past ten years I have realized that many of the obstacles to "success" and acceptance were obstacles that were largely of my own making. I assumed when I should not have....I foisted projections that were not reality.....I feared responses that never came and I failed to give others the benefit of the doubt. Like everyone at some time or another. Even now when people ask (and they do ask) where I received my ordination, where I went to the seminary, what degrees I have, by who's authority do I "preach" - and the endless questions about denominational affiliation.....I realize they are MOST often nothing more than curiosity. As my vision has grown, as my wisdom has inched forward....I realize that people are naturally curious. It is not necessarily an attack. I do not need to drop to ninja defensive posture every time someone makes an inquiry. Often if I conduct my response openly - honestly .....I get a chance to explain fully and make a new friend. So...because this Forum has lots of lookers and frequent new arrivals who are unsure of the questions that are about to happen all around them....it seems a good time to review some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. And gather some really good responses (that are not retorts, debates or at all negative about anything or anyone. ) Anyone up for it? Von