Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:
I serve on the Vestry, as a liaison with the various NA and AA groups that use the church. I am also one of the Co-chairs of the Hospitality Committee. As a member of the Vestry, I am involved in every decision related to the governance of the church. As a recovering addict, I believe that we need more, varied groups in Zanesville, which is the reason that I help with the groups that meet at St. James. As a Co-chair of the Hospitality Committee, in normal times, we see to it that the Undercroft is decorated and that there is food for Coffee Hour every week, we plan the Parish Picnic, and Christmas Party, as well as other special events. Our ministry is the promotion of fundamental fellowship which translates into a greater liturgical bond. I am, thus, involved in every way in the life of the church, except, although I do serve as a lay reader, I cannot serve at the altar or on the Altar Guild, because I am an amputee. I do do what I can.
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
God is calling me to serve on the Standing Committee because he is opening another way for me to participate in the life of the Episcopal Church. Since I have served on the Vestry, I have been increasingly frustrated by the concentration of the Diocese in Cincinnati. I believe that the whole Diocese needs to be representative of the entire Diocese, not just the Cathedral and Cincinnati. I, further, would like to be involved in the search for the new Bishop, which is apparently a very interesting process. It is my hope that my participation with the Standing Committee will help me to understand the concept of the concentration of the Diocese in Cincinnati and for the rest of the committee to understand what are needs of the outlying parishes from in Southeastern Ohio.