After living in several towns in Michigan, a very small village in Finland, New York City, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania my husband and I are happy to call Easthampton home. The rectory, at the bottom of Mt. Tom, and a mile from the local farm share – it is a perfect spot and we are very happy.
In 1974, literally moments before I was confirmed, I told my priest that my new ministry would be as a priest. In a very apprehensive voice he said “Ahhhhhhh, there is something I didn’t cover in class…We don’t ordain women to the priesthood.” Praise God, later that summer, he ate those words. But those words did set me back several years. During those years I earned a BS in Criminal Justice, married, worked in industrial security, had a son, went to travel school (seriously, what do you think is more fun, industrial security or travel?), had another son, and got involved in the church.
When I was ordained to the priesthood, I took a vow “to share in the councils of the Church,” with fellow ministers. It was one of several important vows. So, I am honored to serve on the Standing Committee of the Diocese and on the Commission on Ministry. I enjoy serving with our new bishop.
I love the creativity of fashioning liturgy that is Episcopal in nature and fresh. I celebrate the new liturgies offered by General Convention and the way they speak to newer and younger members, yet reassure us that we are merely finding new ways to rejoice in our tradition.
I am dedicated to involving children in the church. Although I don’t get to teach Godly Play as often as our dedicated teachers, I am a certified Godly Play teacher. I believe that “in the beginning, God created” us to play in creation, to delight in the wild and wonderful nature of our stories. To wonder how it all came to be. Godly Play encourages us to be joyful. I want children to enjoy Church and their church family.
We are fortunate to sit on the Smith College campus. I have enjoyed being with lots of students and watching them grow and mature while here.
So, that is me in a nutshell – at least as the Rector of this church. In my spare time, I enjoy various art projects, hunting dead family (genealogy) gardening, traveling (always the travel agent), and spending time with friends, and my dog Skittles.