On Saturday, May 19, Norma and Ron Vande Bunte and Susan and I drove down to Beverly, NJ for a long awaited visit with Rev. Dr. Wilbur and Mrs. Marie Washington. It was a surprise visit, and we did not know that Wilbur had arranged to be at the commencement ceremony at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. It was, of course, the 60th anniversary of his graduation from the seminary and must have been a deep experience for those who witnessed it.
We, on the other hand, had a lovely visit with Marie. We brought with us a DVD that was filmed during one of our Sunday School lessons when the children were preparing a special greeting card and song for the Washingtons. Together in Beverly, we talked about the enormous span of time Wilbur and Marie were able to experience and influence. In all this change, we celebrated the continuity of our faith and the denomination in which it takes place. Twenty-four years ago, Wilbur was elected the first African-American president of our General Synod.
We are honored to have Wilbur and Mary as a part of our community here at First Reformed Church!