Skip to main content

Connect with Tucker!

Find Us On Campus

Tucker Foundation
6154 South Fairbanks Hall
Hanover, NH
03755-3529
Phone: (603) 646-3350
Fax: (603) 646-2645
Email: Tucker.Foundation@Dartmouth.EDU

Love, Truth and Roller coasters

Chapel Meditation, Thursday, May 7, 2009

Love, Truth and Roller coasters
Pam Misener, OPAL, Office of Pluralism and Leadership


My name is Pam Misener, and it is a pleasure to share with you today some of the reflections on love and truth (and roller coasters) that have come to inform my life. My sincere thanks to Kurt Nelson and others at the Tucker Foundation for inviting me to share this time with you.

I was born in Olney, Maryland and as a child raised in the United Methodist tradition. I knew from birth that I was a girl because everyone told me so, and most of the time the truth they shared with me in this regard agreed with my own early truth. Yes, there were the periodic frustrations and disagreements with my Mom over what I could or should wear (pants at home, dresses or skirts at school), and how to cut my hair (I wanted it short and tucked behind my ears...she wanted it long and curly and coifed), but for the most part we worked these things out to points of mutual compromise.

Neither of my parents ever limited my activities because I was a girl baseball w/Dad.

I felt loved and cherished as a child in the world. My parents loved me, my family near and far loved me, my teachers loved me, my church loved me. This was my young truth.

I never really liked roller coasters as a kid. They felt scary, and I didn't like to feel scared. But over the years, I've had much more practice being scared at things in life, the more I've grown to like them.

- I loved the gifts of body, mind, and spirit that God had given me.

- Jesus' life as roller coaster...


Last Updated: 8/7/11