I truly believe in the concepts of Becoming a Beloved Community and continue to foster growth in our churches, the diocese and larger communities. I have seen the disasters of so many discontent people, so I try to talk nicely to everyone with the single goal of leaving a smile on their faces. When I was very young, my parents taught me that anyone can be a friend regardless of race or religion, or even politics. Anyone can see me doing this in my regular daily life as I try to help others improve their lives. I also talk with people regarding what a membership in a church of their own desires can make for our united future. So many folk just don’t believe that church would be meaningful for them. So I just talk with them and don’t try to force them into any decision.
When i joined St. Marks after relocating to Columbus,. I was immediately welcomed. I’ve been an Episcopalian most of my adult life. It means so much to me. Thus after I joined St. Marks, I volunteered to be an usher and to their financial donations and collections procedures. Then I became a member of the Diocesan Budget Committee thanks to Nayda Richardson and her family. Working on the budgets lead me to recognize that my financial and contracting experience from 35 years in health care administration was something the Diocese could use. Thus I applied for and was elected into the Diocesan Council. Still ushering at St. Marks, working still on the Budget Committee, and my current term on the Diocesan Council, make me realize that God has been steering me all along, leading me using my expertise and experience to the benefit of the Diocese. So I say Thank You Lord for granting me these opportunities to help improve our world.