What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
I love spending time with my two kids, Pope and Cary, and watching them do their activities - sports, swimming, dancing, etc. I also love talking to and spending time with my family and friends. My work brings me joy as well - the design aspects of my job are what really keep me going...I enjoy creating something new and putting pictures, words, colors, and thoughts together in a way that makes an impact on people. And I look forward to my workouts - running, biking, barre3, yoga...and most recently I have learned/am learning to play tennis...If I left retail therapy off this list, I'd be withholding...I love finding a new outfit or pair of shoes!
Who is your favorite family member?
Okay I can't answer this one and not get in trouble! The favoriteS are my two kids and my parents...and gosh I love my Aunt, and my cousin, and my other Aunt and Uncle, and my other two cousins...this question is impossible. Each family member brings something special and unique into my life, so I could never pick just one!
What is the last concert you attended?
Chris Stapleton and right before that Maroon 5. Both were AWESOME.
Where do you see God at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
In order to answer this question, I think it's important to say what I think God is, as well as what I think DOWNTOWN CHURCH is. When I think of God showing up in the form of the Holy Spirit, I think of Him as the essence of goodness and the embodiment of love, truth, compassion, selflessness, and all things good in the world. I think of DOWNTOWN CHURCH as a community of people more than as a physical place. This question could also be worded as "Where do you see goodness and love among the people who are associated with DOWNTOWN CHURCH?"
Because DOWNTOWN CHURCH, from its inception, welcomed those who might not otherwise go to church, and embraced those who questioned some assumptions about Christianity, I feel like there is an unspoken understanding among the people of DOWNTOWN CHURCH that we are all accepted, no matter where we are on our spiritual journey. At DOWNTOWN CHURCH, there is a sense that we are all forgiven. We are all embraced for not just our doubts, but for our flaws and imperfections as well.
I see God at DOWNTOWN CHURCH in this intangible place of acceptance that we who are a part of the church may not have figured out everything in life, but are searching and investing energy in our hearts, minds, and souls to move closer to God and closer to universal love.