I believe absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s love and that our life’s purpose is to fall more deeply into God’s Big Love for the glory of God, the well-being of our neighbors, and the delight of our own, precious souls.
Through heritage and personal choice, I have found in the person of Jesus of Nazareth my soul’s teacher and portal to the Eternal Christ. It is my honor and privilege to serve as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ denomination, though my truest affiliation is to the “Living Church” — that beautiful body of Christ which is wont to manifest whenever love triumphs, regardless of religious affiliation.
The grandchild of Mid-Western European-American farmers and dress-makers, the child of skilled trade workers, I grew up in the Deep South, one of three siblings. As an adult I found my way to Northern California where the Pacific Ocean gathers diverse, spiritual people along her shoreline. While my professional life began as a graphic artist, I later heard a call to ministry. I have served UCC congregations of diverse ethnic makeups in various social settings in California and Oregon. I’m also still an artist, mostly working in textiles.
While I’m grateful for each academic learning opportunity, it has been communities of people and my non-human neighbors who have taught me the most about things temporal and eternal. I’m a graduate of the University of Memphis (Bachelor of Liberal Studies: Creative Communications Media) and Pacific School of Religion (Master of Divinity). Professional training includes Clinical Pastoral Education (Summit Medical Center, Oakland) and Transitional Ministry Training (Ghost Ranch and Zephyr Point). Current study includes neuroplasticity and meditation. My ministry is pastoral and prophetic. Recent social justice commitments include: solidarity with the Philippines, Indigenous Peoples, Incarcerated Persons, and Civil Rights for everyone, most especially African-Americans and the LGBTQ community. I’m a tried and true tree-hugger (Sequoia sempervirens) and often retreat to wild beaches.
I’m also aware that things are changing – in society at large and in the established Church. What doesn’t change, thankfully, and is always needed, is God’s Big Love. I look forward to supporting you as we experience God’s Big Love together.
In the Big Love, Rev. Kathryn
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