Who am I? Honestly, introductions are hard. How should I start? Should it be chronological or should it be funny? My first urge is to make sure everyone is comfortable, to let you know that I am, “a safe black person you can trust.” But I’m working hard to break that habit and see the truth about why, for so many years, I felt the need to make white people feel safe around me. That will be one of the themes of a blog post in the future.
Let me get back to introducing myself.
Let me try this: I’m an Enneagram Nine who is getting in touch with her anger. That will make sense to some of you.
How about this: I’m a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. I have been ordained for twenty years. The intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of moral leadership in our country, the death of yet another black man at the hands of law enforcement (George Floyd), and racism that I have experienced ignited a passion/anger in me that led to a Facebook post and #pissedoffpastor. It pushed me to realize that my voice does matter in the world, in my church, in my community. That is why I started this blog.
Other things about me. I love to cook and bake. In 2013, as part of a Lilly Grant, I went to the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley for a five day boot camp. It was an amazing experience, but I really wanted to get to the far end of the kitchen – to where the desserts were made. It is a dream of mine to be able to go back for baking/dessert courses. You will find updates on my baking adventures under the baking tab.
I also like to bike. Some people love to bike. I just really like it and try to put on as many miles as I can in the summer. Do I bike all year around (yes that is possible in Wisconsin – global warming)? Nope, I’m not that into it, but it is low impact, burns calories, and it is pretty amazing to see a deer up close on a morning bike ride. Check out the bike pictures too.
Ultimately, for me, I feel strongly that the message of the Bible is about the work we are all called to do to bring healing to our broken world. What is Jesus doing all the time? Healing people. What does that healing do? It restores community. Jesus always spent a lot of time feeding people or eating with people. What does that do? It builds community. How we say it in the ELCA is: God’s Work. Our Hands. This blog will hopefully make you uncomfortable, but my ultimate hope is that it will be a part of bringing healing to communities around the world.
Nice to meet you all. Thanks for reading.