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Title at work/what do I do: Associate minister at Asylum Hill Congregational Church – United Church of Christ. I am charged to be pastor, preacher, and teacher to a large, diverse congregation. I provide pastoral care to parishioners in need, which means meeting people where they are at in their lives at any given time, celebrating with people as they experience great joy, walking the journey with people as they grieve and mourn. I help plan and lead worship, which means I preach periodically, participate and preside at the sacraments of Baptism and Communion, and perform weddings and funerals. I am involved with the programmatic life of AHCC, especially as it relates to Youth and Young Adult Ministry, membership activities, and Women's Spirituality and Fellowship.
Town where I work: Hartford
Town where I live: West Hartford
College I attended: Concordia College (undergrad); Princeton Theological Seminary (graduate)
My passion, hobby or special talent: I love to travel and I am a fluent Spanish speaker.
Favorite place to network: I am an old fashioned Facebook girl!
Favorite drink at a networking event: I will always go for a good cold beer over everything else!
Each year I attend various conferences and workshops (local and national) where I continue to be connected to colleagues. I also sit on a number of boards and committees, both within our ecclesial structure, as well as in the larger community. Currently I am the chair of the Hartford Association's Committee on Church and Ministry.
Knowing how and when to divest appropriately from the congregation I serve, striking that ever elusive work-life balance. I am a wife, a mother, and a pastor and at times navigating these different roles can be complicated and exhausting. Ministry is about caring for God's world and God's people. Healthy boundaries are incredibly important but it's a challenge to get it just right.
Growing up, my dad always reminded my sister and me: “Remember who you are.” That simple, yet profound, phrase has helped me through more of life's tough situations than I could ever count. Remembering who I am as a child of God has shaped the moral, ethical, and emotional landscape of my very being.
It has always been the same thing – I don't care if others see me as smart or successful, I want to be remembered as being wise.
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