WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"it's never too late to start something new" MAURA WAYMAN business Joan Murray Chaplains on the Way the people and struck by the fact that their faith seemed to sustain them," Murray recalls. In fact, she was so moved by what she had seen that when she walked into Roche Brothers upon her return and saw the abundant displays of food and merchandise, she immediately broke into tears and had to leave the store. The disparity between the two worlds was just too much. Murray returned to her job, but she didn't last long. She cut back to part-time work, taking time to pray, speak with trusted friends and spiritual leaders, and reflect on what she was meant to be doing. Eighteen months later, Murray enrolled in divinity school. Although faith had always been a part of her life, entering seminary was not something Murray ever saw coming. "I had ten years of experience, I knew a lot of people in my field," says Murray. "I thought, 'It's time for me to be the wise one. What am I doing starting over?'" But along with doubt and frustration came great joy in going back to school and studying something so personally meaningful. She took her new path one step at a time, constantly asking herself: "What am I called to do now?" After a series of ministry jobs, including preaching on Boston Common every week for five We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 years, the answer to that question eventually led Murray to found Chaplains on the Way, a nonprofit organization that provides chaplaincy services to the homeless of Waltham in the hopes of increasing their circle of care. Although her current field is dramatically different from her prior one, Murray draws on the business skills that she acquired in her prior career every single day. "You think everything's disjointed," says Murray. "But as you move into what makes your 144

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