Each year Brick Church is blessed to have seminarians join us in ministry. This year in Adult Education, our 2017 seminarians will each tell us about their calls to ministry, their experiences in and outside of the Church, and significant influences in their ministries. Join us in April as we hear their fascinating stories and listen for how God is calling all of us.
Sunday April 2, 2017: Ashley Bair and Justice and Peace
From Mexico, Uganda, India, Iraq, and Scotland to the many US cities Ashley has worked as an advocate—her global peace journey is rooted in her own personal story for justice. She will be telling her call story as it applies to the calling of our faith for us to be a witness of peace for all of God's creation. Ashley Bair is a second year Master of Divinity student at Princeton Theological. Before entering seminary Ashley attended Michigan State University and earned a Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She spent a year as a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer in New Orleans, LA and has worked as a social worker. Ashley currently serves on the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Activist Council.
Sunday April 9, 2017: Sarah Logemann and the Theology of Wonder
“I wonder…” From a math classroom to the ballet studio to seminary, the invitation to wonder has guided Sarah’s life of faith. Sarah will share her call story and discuss the ways that imagination and wonder form us as disciples. Sarah grew up in Littleton, Colorado with five brothers. Pursuing her first passion, she danced with the Colorado Ballet Company for two years after high school. In 2001, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and taught dance in community outreach programs. Sarah went on to study education at Seattle Pacific University. She is a second year Master of Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Sunday April 23, 2017: Arlean Wells and the Mystery of Faith
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (Matt. 17:20). Arlean will discuss how the mystery of faith guided her on her journey towards answering God’s call. She will share how it was during the time in her life when she lacked faith that she saw God’s face for the first time. Arlean is the Program Coordinator for Competent Kids, Caring Communities (CKCC), A Social Emotional Learning Program at Ackerman Institute for the Family. Dr. Wells is a former New York City Public School Teacher and Adjunct Professor for Brooklyn College. Wells is a second year Master of Divinity student at Union Theological Seminary.
Sunday April 30, 2017: Robert Thompson and Upside Down in El Barrio
Robert will share with Brick about an event during Holy Week, reflecting on the lives of three individuals—William Stringfellow, Oscar Romero, and Letty Russel—whose lives and work had a tremendous influence on the actualization of the Gospel message in East Harlem. Robert is a second year Master of Divinity student at Union Theological Seminary. He did his undergraduate at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Prior to entering seminary he worked as a 6th grade math and 8th grade English teacher in Philadelphia. This year he is working both at Brick Church and at The Church of the Living Hope.