Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:
For my entire life The Episcopal Church has formed me as a contributing member of the The Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement. At the Diocesan level, God has called me to serve on the Diocesan Budget Committee and as President, Treasurer and Book of Remembrance Chair for the Diocesan ECW/Women’s Ministries commission. For nearly a year, I have been contriubting to the Diocesan Becoming Beloved Community initiative as well as incorporating Becoming Beloved Community in UTO. At the Province level, I currently serve as President of the Province V ECW and participate in the Dismantling Racism Network Ministry Group. At the TEC level, I have served on the United Thank Offering Board as Financial Secretary and the National ECW Board as Secretary and Treasurer. Within the context of two DSO congregations over 30 years, I have served on Vestry as Resource Stewardship chair including a year as Treasurer, participated in leading or initiating small community outreach projects, participated in the Native American Ministry Council learning about the trauma induced by church led Boarding Schools, led Saturday morning retreats and book studies, sung in choirs as part of worship, and supported the work of Altar Guild including baking communion bread. The Episcopal Church is a vibrant expression of Jesus’ inclusivity of all children of God, an advocate for justice, mercy and love in our communities and the world, and through the Book of Common Prayer, a beautiful language to worship our God and to receive God’s spirit whenever we pray in community.
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
Through prayer and the confirmation of other leaders in the Diocese, God has guided me to offer service to Diocesan Council. It is my desire to participate in shaping the course and execution of our ministry in our communities and the world. Through service throughout The Episcopal Church, God has given me the opportunity to develop friendships with other church leaders and staff throughout the US and a few countries (Honduras and Dominican Republic). As a result, there is a lot of shared experience and many resources that I can draw from to offer the Diocese. With each year, God gives us great opportunity to grow God’s Kingdom (Matt. 22:37-39)and to advocate for a more just and equitable society (Micah 6:8). Service on Diocesan Council is one way to move us closer to what the Kingdom of God might look like in our time. Thank you for considering me as your representative.