What is something that you really appreciate about St. Augustine’s?
Kathleen: I really appreciate the welcoming nature and inclusiveness of St. Augustine’s. I feel like everyone is valued and brought in to be part of the community.
Can you tell me a little more about that?
Kathleen: I remember once Fr. Kevin said, “I wish you had a church where you felt valued and supported.” I said, “I have that.” I thought I did, but I didn’t really have it. But I have found that here. I like that St. Augustine’s is so accepting of everybody. It is almost like “weird” is valued, and I like that. I’m reminded of Austin, Texas’ slogan, “Keep Austin weird.” We should “Keep Auggie’s weird.” Here everybody is human and compassionate and I think that is great. In addition, all of the church leadership reiterates the message of hope even when addressing difficult topics. They don’t just give it lip service.
We all possess a unique vision for our community and for our generation. What is yours? In other words, what would you love our church body to contribute to the community?
Kathleen: I love the idea of being a welcoming and vital member of the community. I also kind of like that we are a little bit smaller and I’m sure that helps make us who we are. Because of the location of our new building we may have opportunities in that neighborhood and at Otterbein. I would like more people to know what it’s like to be part of our community and to bring hope to anybody who might be needing it. I see a place where lots of different people come and appreciate who they find there and find that they themselves are appreciated.