Marsha Hoecker, Priest and Lead Organizer
I am a country girl, a lover of nature who needs to live near the woods and grow some vegetables. God is most readily available to me outdoors and in interaction with the people in my life. I do some Qi Gong and Tai Chi to stay centered, as well, and enjoy meeting with others for spiritual sharing, prayer, and meditation on some regular schedule. At Trinity Chapel, my other faith community, we have something called Anamchara (soul friend) that meets that need. For fun I paint, read, sing, play Scrabble, hike in the summer, and cross-country ski in the winter ."
After living in Brattleboro, VT, for 20 years I went off to seminary with my two teenage boys and a new husband, and lived on the campus of EDS. Since 1995, when I was ordained, I have served mostly small churches and usually more than one at a time. I have been a strong proponent of 'total common ministry' or 'shared ministry,' something that I think The Crossing understands well.
Ashley Anderson, Minister for Liturgical Arts and COmmunity
Hello! I'm overjoyed to be joining The Crossing community! I was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado and I am still formed by growing up with more trees than people. I attended college at Seattle University where I learned to love cities and deepened my commitment to a faith that does justice. I lived as a Jesuit volunteer in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, teaching 6th grade and living in intentional community. The people I loved there call me to work for climate justice and to love this world tenaciously. I graduated from Boston University in a dual degree MDiv/MSW program. I've spent my life in diverse Christian communities from conservative house churches to progressive Catholic congregations to my current home at First Baptist in Jamaica Plain. I've learned something from each one! I currently live in Jamaica Plain with my partner, a roommate, and a 16 year-old cat named Marge. I find joy in growing vegetables, practicing yoga, and having people over for dinner.
I am thrilled to join the Crossing. Your commitment to radical welcome, to worship that builds disciples, living your values, and stepping into the groove feel so deeply resonant with me. I love your focus on participatory leadership--that each person in the room has gifts and wisdom that can lift the whole. In these strange times that we're living in, the spaciousness created in your worship provides a place for our wearied souls to rest and then send us out to continue the work of loving the world. Over the next few months, I'll be getting to know each of you and I can't wait to see what God will do with us.
TL/DR: I'm from Colorado and have lived in Seattle, the Marshall Islands, and have called Boston home for the past six years. I've been formed by a wide diversity of Christian communities and denominations and currently find my home at First Baptist in Jamaica Plain. My life seeks to be one of a faith that does justice, living simply and joyfully. I live in JP with my partner, my roommate, and an elderly cat named Marge. I'm beyond excited to be joining the community at The Crossing and find deep resonance with your commitment to radical welcome, the groovement, and living toward justice. I can't wait to see what God will do with us.