Faith Stories

Adaline Needy

Adaline Needy

"Our son, Buddy, died February 22, 1992 of AIDS. He was 30 years old. He was a beautiful, energetic, talented little blond boy, the delight of his parents, teachers and especially of his grandfather, “Big Jim.” The years preceding Buddy’s death were very difficult. He went from top honor role at Landon School to living on the streets."

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Anne Jarman

Anne Jarman

"Maybe it was a midlife opportunity, not a crisis. I came to St. Columba’s in 1992. Eugene Sutton taught us Centering Prayer in 1999. The practice has changed my life. Hear me, the practice has changed my life ...

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Bob Broeksmit

Bob Broeksmit

"This notion of sharing a faith story with a large group is anathema to a repressed WASP like me. My father’s sister told me that the most emotional thing ever said in my grandparents’ household, where she and my father were raised, was 'pass the salt and pepper' ..."

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Cynthia Hoover

Cynthia Hoover

"Our family, my husband Roland Hoover, and our two daughters Sarah and Emily, were drawn to St. Columba’s in 1976 by the excellent music programs and the added bonus of the Rector Bill Swing. Recalling my faith story, I realize how important family, music, especially singing ,and prayer has been in this journey ..."

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Dick Dowd

Dick Dowd

"I am going to tell you about a life-changing event that led to a conversion experience for me. I had suffered a massive stroke about thirty years ago. The context is important. Terry and I were empty nesters. We were very involved in our careers. We drove into work together and drove back home together. Whoever had to work latest ..."

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Elizabeth Pyke

Elizabeth Pyke

"I grew up in a family of missionaries in China. The story of our family was one of christian commitment and purpose. This would have been fine, except when I was in elementary school, my family, led by my siblings, had migrated from our sleepy little Methodist church to ..."

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

"I’m a cradle Episcopalian, which for me meant attending a church in Raleigh, North Carolina that had no life at all. When I was about 12, my mother developed breast cancer. She was terrified and found her way into a fundamentalist evangelical prayer group."

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Fletcher Jones

Fletcher Jones

"So one thing you should know about me is that I am a sailor. When I was six, my dad bought our first boat and we became a sailing family. We spent every weekend the weather allowed on the water, and to this day, you put me in a sailboat and I immediately know what to do ..."

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Inga Blust

Inga Blust

"Is my faith really deep enough to talk about? Do I have a vocabulary to make what I feel sound spiritual enough? Is my faith strong enough to be examined deeply? My faith did not come to me as a transformational experience; it's been with me since childhood. I think of it as a kind of smoldering fire that every now and then sparks up ..."

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Joe Kolar

Joe Kolar

"I grew up a very lucky child, in a loving Catholic family in Iowa, the second son of five children. As a boy, I remember saying the rosary as a family quite often, particularly in the car on the weekly trip home from my grandparent’s house. My mom’s brother was a priest and theologian, and both my parents avid readers and debaters, so there was always plenty of religious talk around the family dinner table ..."

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John Guenther

John Guenther

"When Kate asked me to share my faith story, only one word came to mind … exposed. You see, I’ve listened to faith stories–moving and eloquent accounts of spiritual journeys and moments of epiphany. I’ve heard those stories and now it’s supposed to be my turn. But what do I have to share?

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John Sides

John Sides

"When I was about 11 years old, I asked my father when was the last time he cried. So one important thing about my dad is that he is a pastor in the Moravian Church. Moravians are an old, but small, Protestant denomination that you may not have encountered if you didn't grow up in Winston Salem, NC like I did, or in and around Bethlehem, PA. As an eleven year old, I was embarrassed to cry ..."

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Joshua Wilson

Joshua Wilson

"My brother Chris died in a car accident when he was 19. He had just returned to Delaware, where we grew up, from what was supposed to be a gap year between high school and college which he spent sailing in the Caribbean and South America. He had been having the time of his life. I was 22 at the time, and on top of the world myself. I was in law school in Chicago and it was going well.

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Kristin McNavage

Kristin McNavage

"St. Columba’s Rebuilding Together ministry worked on a beautiful old house in the Gallaudet neighborhood of DC. It was owned by an absolutely amazing couple, loved by many in this city."

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Lane Heard

Lane Heard

"When Ledlie asked me to tell my faith story in three minutes, it would have been so much easier if he had asked me to tell my church story–about growing up in a large, downtown Southern Baptist church in Houston, TX and as liberal as Southern Baptists go ..."

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Lindy Gallagher

Lindy Gallagher

"I walked into a room of complete strangers on Wednesday morning and was completely welcomed with warm, loving smiles from a diverse group of mothers."

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Michele Prince

Michele Prince

"My faith story is a love story. I grew up feeling loved and believing in a loving God, thanks in large part to my devoutly Catholic mother and paternal grandmother. I came to St. Columba’s by way of the Mothers’ Group in September 2001 with our two small boys and felt a sense of loving acceptance, as if I was home. In those early years we were under the radar, just regular Sunday members – first in the Great Hall and then in the Nave.

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Patty Jensen

Patty Jensen

"Sharing my faith story reminds me of when I was an organizational development leader and we would roll out a new leadership program. For the first iteration, the strongest, most promising leaders attended. As the program became established, other leaders came – the ones struggling more with their skills or way of being. I feel a little bit like that today. The living “saints” of our wonderful parish have told their story. Now I get to try ..."

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Rick Dulaney

Rick Dulaney

“I look out and I see so many of you that I know quite well and who are all part of a larger faith story, but I also see faces I don’t know and I wonder if you might be here for the first time.

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Scott Pritchett

Scott Pritchett

"When they asked me to speak of my faith story, I took a look to see what Mark Twain had to say about faith. He says, “Faith is believing in things that you just know are not true.” And I can really relate to that … a doubting Thomas, for sure. I probably became most acutely aware of the presence of God in my life when I was in law school ..."

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Susan Dewitt

Susan Dewitt

“Growing up I didn’t think much about my faith. My father was in the foreign service, and I lived most of my childhood and early teen years in Mexico, Brazil, Columbia and Ecuador. With the exception of my fourth and fifth grade years, we only went to church when we were visiting grandparents in the states ..."

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Terry Dowd

Terry Dowd

"My husband, Dick and I came to St. Columba’s in 1979. We were in deep distress over our older son’s addiction to alcohol and drugs. Dick needed church. I was angry at God. I would sit in the back pews and not participate. We were both working in challenging jobs–the major focus in our lives. In 1987, Dick suffered a major stroke ..."

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Woody Turner

Woody Turner

"So my faith journey begins in Nashville, TN at a large Methodist church, in a city known as the “buckle on the bible belt,” or the “Protestant Vatican.” … Now as a Protestant, I was raised to accept our direct access to God through a shared priesthood of all believers. This is why we refer to this entire parish as the ministers of St. Columba’s, and not just the ordained members. More simply put, I was born with this great gift of having God essentially on speed dial 24/7 ..."

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