This week marks the seven year anniversary of the loss of our pastor and dear friend Kyle Lake. Kyle’s legacy lives on in many ways. One thing that has been especially meaningful for UBC’ers, those who knew him and those who have joined us along the way since his passing, has been Kyle’s benediction that we say as a congregation at the end of the service. I have asked several people to reflect on the benediction and share thoughts with us. I will be posting their stories and artwork here for the next few days. _____________________________________
In the days after Kyle's passing, UBC's friend Genevieve Grinnan Peel created a graphic of Kyle's benediction that served as a header for a blog meant to keep the community updated on the life of the church during that especially dark and confusing time. The graphic spread and was embraced by many people. One such person was Matt Addington, who was a seminary student and UBC'er at the time. The next January, Matt decided to make the graphic, and Kyle's benediction, a permanent part of his life. Below is his tattoo...
Matt received his M.Div. from Truett Seminary in 2007 and returned home to his native North Carolina. He is a minister in the Episcopal Church.