Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:
I see my work with the Edge House campus ministry as an extension of my baptismal vows, in particular to respect the dignity of every human being. Foundational to my life and to this community is loving curiosity. How can we understand ourselves and others better rather than jumping to offense and exclusion? How can we live out Jesus’ practice of meeting people where they are rather than where we think they should be? How can we be more compassionate humans?
I restarted the campus ministry at the University of Cincinnati 11 years ago and this ever-shifting congregation of students has been my church ever since. Their willingness to explore new ideas and practices, their sense of the possibilities of the universe, their compassion and missteps have fed and challenged me in my own faith. At the Edge House, we conduct weekly dinner-church called Nosh, we have semester-long discipleship groups, we practice kindness and curiosity on our Red Couch, we protest, rally, and vote, and we play so many board games. All of these things serve to draw us together as a body and to push us outside our walls into our neighborhood the campus. I have also served as chaplain at various Procter summer camps over the years and on the Evangelism Commission.
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
I have felt for some years a nudge from God to offer myself in leadership to the diocese. In particular, my experience with college students and what some might call the edges of the Church helpful and even pivotal for the future of our larger community. The church has been shifting dramatically for some time now and our congregations are filled with a mix of fear and hope. How will we survive? Will new generations love the Church like we have? Will they even be around? Yes, they will, and we will survive and thrive. But it will look different. I am called to Diocesan Council, I believe, because I can speak my own mind and the mind of younger generations with curiosity and grace.