November 17, 2014 | 04:29 pm
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Michael Bos

My Beard is Driving Me Crazy!

For the month of November, I’ve been growing a beard to raise money for cancer awareness. It’s been twenty years since I’ve gone this long without shaving.  I’d forgotten just how itchy a beard can be!

I have to admit that I’ve been tempted to shave it. But when I get the urge, I remind myself that a little itchiness is nothing compared to the pain of those who struggle with cancer.  In some way, growing my beard has been a spiritual discipline—something my faith has inspired me to do to effect change.

I know that it sounds like I’m overly spiritualizing the growth of hair on my face, and I don’t want to make too much of it. But in the end the itchiness, comments about my beard being so gray, and people giving me a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down,” serve as reminders of why I’m doing this. Through it all, I feel much closer to the cause and those who struggle with cancer.

If you’d like to support those of us who are growing facial hair, you can donate to the Collegiate Churches of NY at I’ve also issued a challenge: if we raise $1000 by November 30, after church that Sunday you’ll be able to pick the style and color of my facial hair, which will be done while you watch. We’ll then post a picture of my final grooming on Facebook.