Editor blessed to pray at Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity dinner

The ecumenical Christian housing ministry celebrated the work of its hundreds of volunteers at an annual recognition dinner. The least we can do is give thanks.
by Richard Mize Published: November 30, 2013

Never let the facts of the calendar get in the way of the holiday spirit.

Thanksgiving, the holiday, was two days ago. The spirit of thanksgiving is bigger than that.

As everyone should know by now, I “heart” Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. CEO Ann Felton Gilliland is a rock star when it comes to nonprofit vision and knowing what ecumenical ministry is supposed to be about.

At my request, and with Ann's blessing, Central Oklahoma Habitat was the social service agency for my supervised ministry last spring as part of my seminary education through Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa.

Of course, we go back farther than that. The first time I quoted her in a story was on Dec. 23, 2000, just two months after I started working for The Oklahoman.

But it was still a surprise, an honor and a blessing when she asked me to give the invocation recently for Central Oklahoma Habitat's annual volunteer appreciation dinner, at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center.

It was also a big surprise to see my big balding head projected up on a big screen on a wall of the Cowboy Hall's Special Events Center — a hoot of a sight, considering the contrasting beauty of the Western vistas on those huge triptychs. And, gulp: There were something like 800 people there.

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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