What is the United Church of Christ?
The United Church of Christ is a progressive denomination with over 1100 congregations that have officially voted to be Open and Affirming congregations for GLBTQ people. Famous people from our denomination include: Barack Obama, Oprah, the early Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, and 13 signers of the US Constitution.
What is your role in the United Church of Christ? What kind of guidance can you offer students?
I have been on the Church and Ministry Committee that supports people who are discerning a call to ministry and I have mentored over 20 interns and field students. I was also on the Board for Global Ministries, and was the chair of the Refugee Resettlement Committee, and a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee that monitored our endowment.
How long have you been involved with the Smith College Community?
I’m new to the area, but I was previously involved the Vassar College community.
What role do you think spirituality plays on campus?
I believe spirituality connects us more deeply to everything – our neighbor, true purpose, community, the planet, creativity – so that we can find the God of our understanding and beyond all understanding in all things.