When and how did God bring you to Christ Church?
I visited the Cathedral at Christmas time in 2015 because I wanted to hear villancicos, the Spanish Christmas carols. (I had recently returned to the US after years of living in Costa Rica, and was attending a different church.)
Fast forward to the spring of 2016 — I started going to the yoga classes at CCC. Through yoga I met Jen Hund and Rev. Shannon, and remember being very impressed with them, and thinking I would like to get to know them better.
Katherine, the yoga teacher, would often attend the Vesper service before the yoga class and I joined her when I could. The beautiful, heartfelt prayers from the Book of Common Prayer — prayers that had been recited and reflected upon for centuries – resonated with me. I wanted more, and started attending the English service.
What attracted you the most to the Cathedral?
From the very first moment I was taken by the beauty of the church, the service and the music. The Dean’s message of inclusion and the need for social action spoke to me. This is what I had been searching for in a church community.
I looked around and saw the diversity in the congregation. This was also something I had been seeking.
What ministries have you been involved with, and which one do you like the most?
I have mostly been involved with the Hispanic ministry – choir, bilingual conversation group, interpreter at legal clinics. I also volunteered at CCC’s music camp for children this past summer and expect to do so again.
I have to say that I love singing in the Coro Latinoamericano!
Is there another ministry you would like to serve with?
What can I say – so many opportunities, so little time! Sunday breakfasts for the homeless, IndyCan, bell ringers all interest me, but will have to wait until I have a bit more time. Right now I am in the Spanish choir and taking the first year of the EFM (Education for Ministry) course.
What do you envision in the future of Christ Church? What message would you like to share with other people who do not know about Christ Church Cathedral?
Look at our priests and ministry leaders – are they not a committed, diverse group? I am encouraged that each contributes to the spiritual whole, to the pursuit of holiness and worship, to learning and dialog, to social action and inclusion.
I feel they model what our city and world can be and should be.
What does it mean to you to be a member of the Cathedral?
For me, being a member of CCC is an opportunity to grow spiritually and be active in community. I believe strongly in the message of love, diversity and social justice put forth by the Cathedral. I hope to be one of the people who can bridge the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking congregations.
I believe it is important to speak out against injustice and advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves or are too afraid to do so.