Indiana Voices of Women, P.O. Box 2203, West Lafayette, IN 47996-2203 email@example.com
"My first year of college I heard Gloria Steinem speak and I became a feminist. When I was ordained in 1977, being a woman in ministry was a “new thing.” For ten years I attended Women in Ministry Week at Grailville in Ohio where friendships were formed and I received support as a pastor.
I was privileged to be a member of the first cohort of Indiana Voices of Women and I look forward to continuing to be a part of its mission."I grew up in Fort Wayne, graduated from IU Bloomington with a degree in Personnel and Industrial Relations, and received my Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. While in seminary, I worked for our denomination, representing the church in areas of women’s rights and reproductive justice on Capitol Hill. I also worked for The Litugical Conference, editing a journal “Homily Service” and a book on Advent practices. I also worked extensively in the field of diversity, being part of the founding team of the Beyond Racism Project in Rochester NY and am certified as a trainer by the National Coalition Building Institute.
During seminary I met and married my husband of 33 years. Cleve completed his PhD at Purdue University in Marriage and Family Therapy and we moved to Rochester, NY for 19 years where he was a faculty member of the University of Rochester Medical School. We recently returned to West Lafayette as he began teaching and doing research at Purdue. We are avid fans of Purdue Women’s Basketball. We are the parents of Emily, who married in 2011 and is expecting our first grandchild. Emily is studying at U Penn to be a nurse practitioner midwife. Our son, Elliot, will graduate from NY Law School in May 2012.
I am recently retired from 33 years of ministry in The United Methodist Church. I served churches in rural, suburban and urban areas and was the area Community Minister, representing the church for social justice and interfaith issues - working to strengthen urban ministries. In retirement I am working part-time for Trinity UMC as minister of visitation and as a Spiritual Counselor for St. Elizabeth Hospice.
Since retirement, I have chosen to follow a passion of mine and became a certified floral designer.