It's with deep gratitude that I write this short introduction to you, Arlington Presbyterian, as the candidate to be your Designated Pastor.
When asked in my initial interview with your DPNC about what was calling me to Arlington, my first response was "what's not to love?"
What's not to love about a small congregation that did a radical act of Gospel-inspired love by demolishing its building in order to live out the mandate to care for and be in solidarity with its neighbors?
APC embodies love, a love that speaks to new beginnings, caring relationships, liturgical creativity, community organizing, and a public green space that rests on fertile ground. My passions rest in these areas of congregational life and it's my hope we can continue to give witness to God's radical, welcoming, boundary-breaking love on Columbia Pike.
As my vocational life is being called to the Alcova Heights neighborhood, my family lives in the Nauck neighborhood in Arlington. My spouse, Bob Glennon, grew-up in Alexandria and our kids go to Arlington County schools: Sam (16) and Maddie (14) at Wakefield High School and Ryan (11) at Gunston Middle School. Bob's dad still lives in Alexandria and one of Bob's brothers lives in Clarendon.
I grew-up in Columbus, Ohio and my mom and twin brother, John, both still live there. My sister, Paige, lives in Michigan with her family. My dad died in 2013.
I attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio and Union Theological Seminary in NYC. I am ordained in the United Church of Christ and I continue to be called to this "dual-citizenship" of holding two denominational identities: the UCC and PCUSA.
Since 1999, I have served at Church of the Pilgrims (PCUSA), a More Light loving congregation in Dupont Circle.
Arlington Presbyterian: Thank you for this invitation to be among you and your embodied witness of the God of heaven and earth, the God whom death could not contain, the God who lives to heal and disrupt our lives.
Thanks be to God.