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Interests and Favorites
Places: I love beaches; Boulder Colorado; Diana’s Pool Chaplin, CT; Devil’s Hopyard, East Haddam, CT; Harkeness Memorial State Park, CT; Rome, Lake Geneva Walking Path
What's on your iPod: U2, Beatles, Green Day, the Clash, BB King, Bob Marley, Dave Matthews, Daughtry, Dixie Chicks, the Fray, Indigo Girls, John Bell, Johnny Cash, and the Smiths
Books: Anything by Sara Miles, Anne Lamont, Marcus Borg and Walter Brueggmann, fantasy and sci fi.
Sport Teams: UConn Huskie Women, but honestly I do well to know what sport plays in what season!
Movies: Chocolat, The Princess Bride, It's a Wonderful Life
Life Scripture: Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." Mark 1:14-15 and “Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:29-31
Hi, I’m Charlene, the Pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. We are so glad you stopped by our website and we hope that this leads you to join us on a Sunday Morning for worship. During my 20’s I explored many traditions and practices, but came back to the church of my heart in my 30's when I chose to listen to God’s call and became a pastor in the United Church of Christ. The United Church of Christ is a community that believes faith has the power to change the world and that we as a community have defied conventions, broken barriers and listened to a God who is still speaking to us today. As a pastor, I share my passion for prophetic change and my desire to help everyone feel welcomed.
My dog River, and my cat Rocket moved to Hinckley in the Spring 2015. I have a young adult son attending the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. We have lived in Connecticut, Illinois, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. I have a B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago in Political Science, a M.A. and doctoral work in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. Go Huskies. I have a Masters of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary.
To find out more about me visit me on facebook
or my blog at http://beautifuldayrev.blogspot.com
or view a sermon at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGi2Fh9SOIxtcLjHGh7UckQ .
My musical training began with piano studies at North Park College in Chicago with Donna Newland when I was in the 7th grade and continued on with cello studies with Alice Lawrence Baker and Frank Miller of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Prof. Dudley Powers at Northwestern University and Mme. Raya Garbousova at Northern Illinois University. For the past 1 ½ years, I've been taking private instruction on the pedal harp from Nanette Felix; principal harpist of the Rockford and Dubuque Symphonies and will be studying the hammered dulcimer this summer with Sherri Farley of Somonauk, IL. My professional music experience encompasses a number of orchestras for the following venues: Schubert, Arie Crown, Forum, and Athenaeum theaters and Candlelight Dinner Playhouse for professional off-Broadway productions, annual performances with the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater and The Chicago Opera Theater. During this period, I also worked in the local back-up orchestras at Chicago Amphitheater, Park West and other Chicagoland venues accompanying performing artists like Barry Manilow, Dionne Warrick, Jane Olivor, Nell Carter, Ann Jillian and Donna Summer.