Emily is a Lutheran pastor (ELCA). She believes that Christian practice holds out rich possibilities that call us to reach out across boundaries in love, learn through discomfort, and build relationships that bring God's realm close. Emily is committed to building communities of faith that dismantle fear and hate, affirm LGBTQ people, and confront racial injustice.
Currently, Emily is beginning a new church community in the Hamilton-Lauraville neighborhood in Baltimore. She'll be working with neighbors to create a a community of joy, restoration and justice where we're free to be the people God made us. Worship will be soulful and Spirit-led, invite truth-telling and gratitude, and move us to bring God's dream of justice into being.
From 2008-2017, Emily served as the founding pastor of St. Lydia's Dinner Church in Brooklyn, where communion is a full meal, shared around a dinner table. Under Emily's leadership, St. Lydia's moved into a storefront in Brooklyn, added worship services, and built strong relationships with neighbors. Emily and the congregation were involved on combatting police brutality and a lack of affordable housing with organizations such as Faith in New York. St. Lydia's is now a national model for new church starts and congregations seeking to explore the practice of Dinner Church.
A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Emily received the Alumni Award for Distinction in Congregational Ministry in 2016. She was the Director of Worship at The Riverside Church from 2007-2009, and a cofounder of Music That Makes Community. Her work at St. Lydia's has been covered by The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal.
Contact Emily: email@example.com