It was fun having a deanery evening with Pastor Leanor Ortega Till. She was part of the Christian Rock Concert back in 2013. She is a talented musician and a good and innovative pastor. Much of her work at Urban Skye focuses on doing church differently. Urban Skye is an umbrella non-profit which supports what they call "spiritual entrepreneurs." Her work is "apartment church" and serving in a maximum security women's prison. She really does trust the Lord in her ministry: she raises her own salary every year. She steps out and simply trusts that what is of God will be supported by God.
As our seniors prepare to be placed, there is an understandable desire to ensure that package is appropriate and fair. Along with the seniors, I am relieved that the Seminary has the resources to pay me a salary. But from time to time, it is good to be challenged. The Gospel exhortation to "take up the cross" does not always mean job security, a great pension, and really good benefits.
This is Holy Week. Our worship is an invitation to walk this week with Jesus. At a very fundamental level to us there, Pastor Leanor is a good challenge. At the very least let us respond with gratitude, and perhaps we should all be open to Pastor Leanor being a model.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President