Wednesday, March 4, 2009
In Memoriam: The Rev. Gloria Bowden
Today marks the 4th year since the passing of Rev. Gloria Bowden, someone who I had the pleasure to meet during my freshman year in college. Gloria as we called her, was one of the most open hearted people that I've ever met. When I needed to buy shower shoes and a robe for the campus showers, she gladly took me shopping to get the items. Many others around her can count of the countless times she was there when there was a need. During my second semester return back to college I called on her for a ride from the airport and although she could not pick me up herself she sent someone to get me. Apart from that, Gloria was one of the people who helped me find myself during those early years. She embraced us all as her kids, whether white or black, gay or straight, male and females alike. She is the main factor behind why I joined the Episcopal Church. Other than the glamour of the service, Gloria was the embodiment of what a true Christian should be like. Open and giving without asking in return, loving and caring, steadfast and true. Unfortunately Gloria succumbed to cancer at a young age 4 years ago today, right before my Episcopal confirmation. May the Lord let his countenance shine upon her as I know she is in a better place.