Goodbye, Earl

Many of us lost a good friend last week.  Earl Moseley died after a decade-long bout with pancreatic cancer.  He was 48.

For those of you who never had the opportunity to know earl, I could paste here lengthy remembrances from group emails, or link you to facebook pages of memories. But I think, instead, I will simply ahare this.

I went to college with Earl.  As a junior, I joined Pi Kappa Alpha, of which Earl was a member. Earl was one of 48 or so active members at the time I received my bid, pledged, and ultimately joined.  But Earl was never just one of the members.  Earl personified our chapter.

I wrote this about my fraternity experience in an autobiographical statement I submitted last year for Ecclesiastical Endorsement.

Reflecting back on my college years later in life, I recognized that one of my experiences that was most influential on my understanding of ministry came the night I accepted a bid to join a fraternity. Not only did this signal that I was certainly no longer a fundamentalist, but, more than any event before or since, it gave me insight into one aspect of the Kingdom of God.

I had not pursued the bid, but many of my best friends were members.  One invited me to please consider the bid they were going to offer as showing respect to our friendship.  I did; I owed them that.  Upon accepting the bid, I was guided around campus to meet every “Active” we could find.  I have never before or since felt so accepted, wanted, as a part of something.  Though it is a secret, social, Greek letter college fraternity, in this, it showed the Kingdom of God.

Earl had, of course, been a friend well before I joined PKA.   That’s who Earl was.  Warm, gregarious, full of caring.  Earl cared enough that he could talk straight with you and you wanted to listen anyway.

How does a fraternity show the Kingdom of God?  With and through people like Earl Moseley, who carried, or was carried by, the Kingdom everywhere he went.

Go and do likewise.

Published by Steve Heyduck

I am a United Methodist pastor, currently appointed as Pastor of OvillaUnited Methodist Church in Ovilla, Texas. I am also the husband of Rachel and father of 3 - Robbie, Eliza, and Liam. I am an ardent nonconstantian and a postmodern Christian. (I am also happy to talk with you about what these things mean to me)

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