Once, for a team building exercise, I had to list three joy-filled moments from my life. This is what I came up with: 1) sitting high up in the magnolia tree next to the house where I grew up in Memphis; 2) playing soccer on Sunday afternoons with my husband and friends from our Spanish-speaking church in Alexandria, VA, where running and laughing communicated better than my limited language skills could; and 3) finishing The Brothers Karamozov on the balcony of my apartment my last year of college, crying and feeling that life could not be more beautiful.
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I lasted a short time in DC's political world before joining the staff of Little Lights Urban Ministries, where I loved connecting the resources of individuals and churches from across the spectrum of political ideology, race, and age—to the mission of sharing Christ's love with kids and families in a particular DC neighborhood. I still delight in the diversity of the church. Because my husband's family moved to the states from Mexico, my respect for the immigrant experience has deepened over the years, and these days I love helping with the adult English classes at another wonderful neighborhood-based non-profit, Casa Chirilagua.
Now that I stay at home with our young children, I've enjoyed observing their joy in hearing about the God who knows and loves them. During our family's short-lived attempt to get out of the Washington, DC area, we lived in Nashville, where we hosted a weekly dinner for cousins and friends every Sunday for a year (!) and had our third child. During that time I had the opportunity to train in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which is a lovely religious formation program that draws from the Montessori method and enables children to engage with the Gospel at their developmental level. I'm excited for the children and adults at Incarnation to learn from one another as we worship together. I hope that the children—just like the adults!—will find Incarnation to be a place to slow down, a place that fosters prayer, community, and joy in knowing Jesus, the Good Shepherd.