On July 24, my wife, Barbara, and I had the honor to attend the retirement dinner for Dennis Short, the pastor at Harbor Christian Church in Newport Beach for the past 15 years, who was retiring from the active Disciples of Christ of ministry after 41 years of dedicated service. It was a full house of church members, leaders from other faith communities, family and friends for dinner in Harbor Christian Searcey Hall. In fact, additional tables were set up outside to handle the overflow crowd who came to pay tribute to Short.
After dinner, a number of people talked about his life,including his high school coach, colleagues from Chapman University, leaders of the Interfaith Peace Ministry of Orange County, Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council, Planned Parenthood, and past and current regional ministers for the Pacific South West Region. What a wonderful job Nan Collett, Jeanne Funnell, Elaine Quick, Sandy Everett, Brian Barr, Dave Everett and Jack Golden did in organizing an outstanding event to honor Short.