Meet Me

 

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This is how we roll in Boston. All four seasons.

 

 

Meet me in the street. Meet me on online. Meet me at church. Meet me in Boston or abroad or somewhere in-between.

I move in-between.  I think that’s the most interesting space, the space where we stretch and learn. Many of us live in-between. Maybe the in-between is a bit awkward, but it’s real.

I’m not one thing, and I suspect, neither are you. I move in-between my work as a pastor, an unabashed urbanist, and a bicycle evangelist.

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Where else do you put the slick clergy license place when you don’t have a car?                (photo by Leise Jones)

The official version is something like this: first time author of “Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels,” out in April 2017 with Eerdman’s Publishing, ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ; Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches; itinerant preacher; alumna of Brown University and Harvard Div.; Advisor at Leadership Education at Duke Div. New Jersey by birth, Massachusetts by choice.

The other version is more like this: I’m an spiritual magpie, gathering bits of twine and twig from many traditions. I’m a bicycle evangelist, happy to give you my testimonial about the good life that’s possible when you give yourself to movement on two wheels. I’m a dedicated urbanist, convinced that cities form us in ways that challenge us to live tight with a whole lot of different folks. I’m crafty and I get around, most contented at my sewing machine. I’m building a silkscreen studio in my basement. I like thinking big about how we build vibrant institutions that hold tradition and cultivate innovation. I aim for attraction not persuasion. I believe the work of this moment is to upend the racism that has divided this nation and the Church.  I’m convinced that if we’re all not free, it isn’t the gospel truth.

I’m a talent scout for the holy.

I’m trying to learn how to lead. I’m trying to learn how to pace.

Thanks for joining me on this ride.

~ Laura

 

 

6 thoughts on “Meet Me

  1. Laura – thank you – this is a beautiful invitation. I hope to meet you one day. In the meantime, I’ll watch for your reflections and wonder along with you.

    Tom

  2. Hey, nice site. Great litany. You’re awesome! By the way, I was standing right next to the bishop in that photo but you can’t see me. -Eric

  3. Laura
    Sitting on the porch of our cottage reading yesterday’s Boston Globe-an article about Roy Cockrum, and seeing a familiar. Name. Is it the same Laura who was a student minister at Pilgrim Church. After googling the Council of Churches,whose face pops up on my iPhone?? That same big warm smile I remember! I am so happy and proud of you to see the your ministry has taken you on – on your bicycle! Serendipitous, happy moment to begin my day😘

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