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July-September, 2021

Another Step Out of the Closet

by Rev. Larry Glenz, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

I have recently completed my work on my website: larryglenz.com. I felt guided to do this, but it has been difficult for me to tell people that it even exists.

Although I enjoy being an Ordained Ministerial Counselor (O.M.C.) for Pathways of Light over the past 11 years, I have remained “in the closet” about my ministry to much of my family and friends with whom I have had the longest relationships. We just don’t talk about it.

My past identity for most people has been as a history teacher, athletic coach, and part-time bartender. Although I remain a volunteer assistant coach, my pursuits in life have greatly changed since my retirement 11 years ago.

My website is about my ministry of which I feel passionate. I love to think of myself as one of God’s teachers. A Course in Miracles encourages me to do that. But to those people who have known me the longest, I speak of it rarely or not at all.

Yet I most certainly have gone public. I have written a book, many articles, officiated weddings, spoken publically as a reverend for Pathways and made videos explaining my passion for being a minister of God.

But I never speak of this with my only brother, Mike. My closet friends either don’t know or understand very little about this important aspect of my life.

But now I have a website. It’s all out there. I recently felt encouraged by Spirit to tell my son, Matt. He checked it out and noted with a smile that my life has certainly changed over the past decade.

I said to him, “Don’t tell Mom,” (my ex-wife). He just laughed. Neither of us could imagine her actually thinking of me as a minister of God. Fair enough. These people think of me in a different way, perhaps, and are comfortable with their perception.

As a motivational speaker to young people about the heroin epidemic, I do not mention that I am a reverend. I do, however, speak of the importance of love, forgiveness, and the strength of connecting to one’s Higher Power. I have been guided to do that.

I feel like the establishment of my website is like me taking another step out of the closet. My deepest thoughts about being a teacher of God are out there for everyone to see. Holy Spirit guided me.

I am grateful I was given two Pathways ministers, Rev. Michelle Rado and Rev. Deb Fee, to build the website. At this point I am not sure how it is meant to help others.

But I can leave that up to Holy Spirit. And I feel strong as I step out of the closet while holding His hand.

Rev. Larry Glenz, O.M.C., is a Pathways of Light minister living in Long Beach, NY.
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Website: larryglenz.com

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