As part of my quest [brass fanfare!] to find a new SnB, I spent a delightful spring lunch hour with the Take Back the Craft group at Montclair State University and also scouted a possible location, Church of the Improv.
By a strange synchronicity, the Montclair State University motto is Carpe futurum [seize the future]. That's so appropriate for a quest that were this fiction, I wouldn't dare make it up. The university is Red Hawk Country – I've often seen raptors soaring high above the ridgeline, not to mention the big sign on Valley Road says so.
Take Back the Craft is sponsored by the MSU Women's Center. It's a congenial bunch – a little quiet (perhaps because of the presence of two first-timers?) but nonetheless very welcoming and even open to the formation of additional groups that meet on other days at other times.
In inclement weather the Friday group meets in the Student Center (which also houses a cafeteria and the bookstore); on fine days, outdoors at the umbrella tables visible in the left of the photo.
Church of the Improv is my church of membership – its progressive tradition is very comfortable to me and also to many in the community, but I know it's not comfortable for everyone, just as this meeting space may strike some as uncomfortable.
By another synchronicity, the TV cart in the room had this odd candleholder on it. I can't decide whether it looks like a broken fellowship or like an inward-facing group confronted with new opportunities. (Which is not to suggest something like crisis = danger + opportunity in Chinese because it doesn't.)
It should be noted that I'm not the only former MY SnBer gone a-questing. It may well be that some have been searching for a lot longer than I have, but those are their stories to tell, if they wish. For my part I want to thank all those who have sent good wishes and sage counsel, as lovely and consoling as cherry blossoms along a pathway.
So let a thousand flowers bloom! And, nope, Chairman Mao never actually said that – and I wouldn't dare make that up.