Ted was able to use both humor and irony to communicate deep truths of our human journey with God. His theatrical interpretation of conversations between the disciples provided insight into both the angst and the celebration of walking with Jesus day to day. We saw him “toss the nets into the sea” at Jesus’ instruction and discover the great catch that comes with obedience.
Further, Ted spoke with incredible sensitivity about his friend and partner, Lee, and Lee’s struggle with bi polar disease. Ted was able, with gentle acknowledgement of pain and real expression of growth, to describe his friend’s suicide and his own journey down the path of abandonment and grief. Ted’s presentation took the academic facts and lectures of the semester and gave expression to the human experience that makes them matter. The time together was unforgettable.