My name is Alissa, and I’m an Episcopalian (and some other things, too).
I’m not a “cradle” Episcopalian—that is, I wasn’t born into the denomination. I grew up in the Reformed tradition, with a dash of evangelicalism, but a decades-long road featuring many Madeleine L’Engle books, a passion for liturgy, and any number of changing views eventually led me to The Episcopal Church (TEC). It really felt like a spiritual homecoming of sorts.
As I came to feel more and more at home in TEC, I began to feel something else—a call to serve God and God’s people in another capacity as a priest in God’s church. I chose to answer and pursue this call, and entered the discernment process in the Diocese of Indianapolis. It’s been an incredible journey, and along the way I earned my MA in rhetoric & composition and met my amazing husband.
I am currently a student at The General Theological Seminary in New York City, where I live with my husband in a cozy fourth-floor apartment. I enjoy quality time with Netflix or Hulu or a good novel. Thanks to my husband, I also enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of NYC as we venture to musicals, concerts, and delicious restaurants. I like cabins, baked goods, cats, sweaters, lattes, stocky French bulldogs, lounge pants, bourbon, and laughing. I’m an INFJ. My favorite color is green. I prefer Boggle to Scrabble. I’m a big fan of nachos.
So, hello. It’s nice to meet you. You’ve heard a little about me; what about you? What do you like? How do you fill your days? How did you get where you are today, this moment?