The People Here
Music publisher, educator, and musician
What attracted you to CCDP?
The fellowship of a caring community, the pastoral support at a most stressful time of my life in having to manage family long-term care first and then bereavement. I found strength and comfort in inspiring sermons, and the balance of the traditional and the new in the Anglican liturgy and music.
How are you engaged in the parish right now and why?
I'm engaged in a number of ways. I serve on sides duty because I believe that welcoming visitors and newcomers to our spiritual home is such important outreach. Equally important is continuing to greet our regulars, getting to know them better, and sometimes assisting when and where I can as an affirming sort of "inreach" to our parish community. I enjoy participating in the Contemplative Knitting Circle and cherish the time of precious quietness and the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by knitters much more accomplished and experieinced than I am. I volunteer at the Rummage Sale or Christmas Fair, or serve up pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, I find it is both rewarding and just plain fun to work on such well-run teams and build community bonds at the same time. Soon I hope soon to be more involved in musical training for young people It's an area where I have strengths, interest and experience, and I hope to be able to give to CCDP's children some participatory church music skills in order to keep alive the music of the Anglican liturgy for the next generation.
What word or phrase best describes the community at CCDP?
I am excited and energized by our slogan, "There's Life Here". It describes many of our activities: the dedicated outpouring of volunteers at the rummage sales, the parish events such as Pancake Tuesday, the quiet, yet meaningful fundraising for charity drives by YAL, the mindfulness of listening to scripture and to the needs of each other.
How did you come to worship in the Anglican Church?
I grew up in the Anglican church, so that my actual journey began in a time before I can even recall. One of my first real memories of Sunday School was hearing the singing of older children through the door to the next room. I also remember the kindness of my teacher who encouraged me to join them, for she understood how much more engaged in I was in listening to their hymns than in the colouring we were doing. Spiritual connection for me, then, as it is still now, is strongly informed and sustained through the spoken word and music.
What would it surprise most people to know about you?
I have played my flute three nights in a row to a filled-to-capacity audience at the Royal Albert Hall as principal flute of the Orchestra of All Souls, Langham Place.
What books would we find on your night table right now?
There's an odd assortment including the current book club item "The Orphan Master's Son", a newly-produced piece evoking personal nostagia from my childhood summer camp "Camp Oconto Memories", books of spiritual support "Let Your Life Speak and the Journal of Hildegard of Bingen", and an amazingly revealing new longitudinal study about the impact of music lessons "Music in our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development and Identity".