Rev. Donna Schaper
My life mission is spiritual nurture for public capacity. This mission grounds me in my first love, which is parish ministry. My love of teaching is directly related to this first love: I find it thrilling to be able to reflect on decades of action in the parish with others who are there. I also love teaching people in leadership situations beyond the parish, like community organizations, chaplaincies, and non-profits. Action-reflection is a method I learned at the University of Chicago Divinity School, and I have treasured it ever since. Preaching, pastoring and building community (or rebuilding community) are my strengths and graces. I build good teams with deep benches. When it comes to congregations, I like the self-governing ones the most. They meet my happiness and goal of spiritually well-nurtured people who have great public capacity.
Rev. Micah Bucey
I view my pastoral calling as a daily chance to nurture curiosity and creativity in everyone. I love working with artists and I love making artists out of people who would never call themselves artists. I think Christianity is inherently queer and I paint my nails to show my commitment to a continual re-queering of the Gospel. I adore glitter because it gets my palms messy and reminds me that the work of spirituality, art, and justice in the world is not a clean, pretty process, but a sticky, gritty one. I prefer questions over answers, weird over normal, funny over perfect, and think that church, at its best, can serve as a research and development center for how to be a human in the world. I care deeply about animals, kids, and the environment, and don’t know how to be a minister unless I’m constantly absorbing the stories of others, through theater, music, film, literature, art, worship, and conversation.