A refection on life: A nagging sense of undeserving. Habitually coming up short. Pulling wins out of nowhere. Getting lost in pretending. Gaining a toehold, when life is rarely what it appears to be. Bill Long’s ruminations on life and living.
Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Bill Long grew up there and in New Orleans, Louisiana, where his father labored as a locomotive engineer. At William Carey College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Bill trained for a life in music ministry. As the Southern Baptist Convention came under fundamentalist rule, Bill and his wife of 3 years transitioned into the Church of the Brethren. Bill graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary, and then served as Pastor of Dundalk (MD) Church of the Brethren for 7½ years. Bill and Sheila moved to Alabama in late 1996 to be near her parents when their health failed them. In greater Birmingham, Bill began a new career in information technology. Bill has been a “Papaw” to three grandkids, now all grown-up, and his son-in-law’s grandson. Bill first visited UUCB in autumn 2013, then became a member in February 2014. Bill has led Adult Enrichment classes, led Sunday services, and served on committees and task groups, including Small Group Ministry Leadership Team, Worship Associates, Committee on Ministry, Welcoming Congregations Task Force, and Settled Ministers Search Committee.