I am honored to be your Transitional Presbytery Pastor. I am moving to Denver from Atlanta, Georgia, and will begin my journey with you on November 1.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM ~ I was born at a very young age in Kansas City, Missouri, where the spirit of “can-do” and “honest to Pete” filled my lungs from first breath on. The family moved to Atlanta when I was ten, and it was there that I became steeped in the southern proprieties of saying “bless your heart” (and knowing what it means), the proper treatment of a bowl of grits, how to wield a southern accent, and most important of all, the proud and terrible history of the South. Formed by Midwestern and Southern cultures, I am a woman who is passionate about justice and equality, giving voice to the voiceless, telling stories that must be heard from life and scripture, and believing that anything is possible with God.
FAMILY~ Bill Hughes and I have been happily married for 30 years. Bill is an attorney with the law firm of Alston & Bird. Together we are the suspender-snapping parents of three fabulous adult children. William lives in Denver and is a Clerk at the Eugene Field Public Library. John is a storyboard artist living in New York City. Rosie is in Minneapolis where she does development for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Our current household includes one puppy and four cats. I am a published poet, a potter, knitter, quilter, gardener, and a mighty fine cook. I love all kinds of music and my reading swings wildly between history, biography and fiction. Bill and I enjoy riding bicycles, running, entertaining, going to movies, visiting our far-flung children, and exploring the world.
MINISTRY ~ Interim Ministry has been my focus for 18 years, and I have served churches great and small, some healthy and thriving and some crippled and dying. Through these various contexts I have learned to lean hard on the grace of God and to be practical but hopeful. Presbyterian to my marrow, I cherish the orderliness of our denomination almost as much as the connectionalism. When the Northern and Southern churches were reunited in 1983, I was there, witnessing the birth of our amazing, imperfect, and still becoming PCUSA.
BELIEFS ~ I firmly believe that our triune God is still working with the clay of creation, continuing to shape us in the image that only God can know, molding us according to God's desire for diversity. I believe that God created all that there is and pronounced it good. In creating humanity, God gave us the gift of free will, and we freely chose to rebel against God. Yet the love of God is constant, and it is through the death and resurrection of God's beloved Son, Jesus, that the vicious grip of sin is broken, we are forgiven and we are set free to live as the children of God we are meant to be. I believe that the Holy Spirit provides the faith to believe everything that Jesus taught us as well as the courage to live those teachings. I believe God's grace is beyond our comprehension and given to all of humanity, regardless of the particularities of our faith practice or behavior. God knows that we struggle to understand the profound nature of love that is given without merit, and yet God is delighted to give us grace upon grace. I believe our call is helping our brothers and sisters, whoever and wherever they may be, to grasp this wonderful Good News, inviting them to share likewise.
As we enter this time of transition together, I pray that the Spirit of God will fill us, challenge us, encourage us, and accompany us every step of the way as we venture into the future. I am wrapping this Presbytery in a blanket of prayer. Please do the same for me.