Chicago in the Fall

Posted: November 6, 2015 in Updates

Officially my plan to post on a frequent basis has fallen short within the first quarter of my time away on internship. It is amazing how quickly new routines, places and people can fill your time. It is also amazing how much of a process it is for your mind to catch up to the mass amount of changes that can take place in such a short amount of time.

The past two months have been a whirlwind of adventure; filled with travel, webinars, speaking, tie-dye, a motherhouse tour, side-splitting laughter, Bible studies, new run routes, road trips, and my investiture. I am making some amazing friendships and learning so much I hardly know where to begin!

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At the Holy Family Grotto in Dubuque, IA with some great colleagues

Stepping back for a second now you might ask: did she say investiture? That’s right everyone I am now an Invested Sister in the ELCA Deaconess Community. What does that mean? Well, it means I am a full-fledged member of the community. I am just a few months into my internship year and still have the approval stage to go through, along with finding a first call, prior to becoming a consecrated and rostered sister. So there are still many more steps along this journey, but I am a member of the community; title, responsibilities, and all. I could talk your ear off about that for a long time yet what that exactly means for me personally, well I am still figuring that out one day at a time. I guess that is a part of what going through an internship process is all about: discovering bits and pieces about what it means to live into one’s calling. I guess there shall be more of that to come.

Investiture/Approval Retreat 2015

Investiture/Approval Retreat 2015

Sister Ruth Harper & I at Assembly

Sister Ruth Harper & I at Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning I had my fall check in between my supervisor, my LVC program manager and myself. We had a wonderful chat about what it is that I am doing, what my goals are, how everything has been going over the past two months, etc. This came after a weekend trip to Iowa to join in a Regional Gathering where I was able to meet constituents and leaders from a large area of the country; the people I have been working alongside of were given a face. It was the perfect time to reflect on how the transition into my position has been going and to take a breath realizing that I have not been here that long, the pace things are going in is just fine. This may cause you to wonder what am I doing? That is after all the purpose of this blog: to keep curious folks (a.k.a. my friends, family, and all of you) informed about what I am doing with my time here in Chicago and that includes my time with ELCA World Hunger.

Well to answer your question I am the Program Assistant for Constituent Engagement with ELCA World Hunger a part of the Mission Advancement Unit of the ELCA. Got that? Good…now moving on! LOL just kidding! What that means is I get to work alongside some really awesome people who are passionate about ending hunger, poverty and injustices around the world, people who are called through their faith to walk alongside those in our congregations as we together make differences in our own back yards and around the world. I work with monthly communications, social media (look us up on Facebook and Twitter), assisting with details of events and program related activities throughout the year; all of which I again could go on and on about. Everyday there is something new and exciting happening. Everyday I am learning new things and finding new ways that God is working through the lives of people just like you and me.

Speaking at a synod confirmation retreat

Speaking at a synod confirmation retreat

Chilling at my desk

Chilling at my desk

We found the Pope!

We found the Pope!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am still trying to find my footing in work, home, church, community and time during this chapter of my life. There are many ups and downs to work through around each corner. But my amazement at how God is working through each detail never ceases, instead it stops me in my tracks holding my breath in awe struck wonder nearly every day. The adventure has just begun!

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The First Two Weeks…

Posted: August 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

Wow! It is hard to believe that I have been in Chicago for two weeks now. Just the other day I woke up at 6am in a panic that I was going to be late getting to the hospital only to remember that my time with Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was over. I had more than enough time to get to where I was going that day. The transitions over the past few months have been crazy. My time at Trinity ending a week and a half after my time in CPE began then transitioning into my time with Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) within less than twenty-four hours. It has been a tailspin of information and people; and so far, what an amazing adventure!

The chapel at LSTC

The chapel at LSTC

I headed out of Minnesota after a great evening of softball (Go Luther Seminary Heretics!) and some big hugs (along with some declarations of love to everyone, tractors, and the minions) from my favorite little 2 year old. Arriving in Chicago new experiences were around every corner. As National Orientation for LVC was located in my site city my new roommates and I got to stay in our ‘home’ the first night. Six ladies in a three-bedroom apartment seemed like it would be a tight squeeze. We had the opportunity to get to know each other well traveling across the city twice a day in our Uber rides and often found ourselves sitting together during most of the daily activates. National Orientation just so happened to be located at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC) where we were blessed with some great discussions and learned all the ‘how-tos’ of LVC. We polished off the week rearranging our living room into a large communal living space and two single bedrooms; therefore, changing our three-bedroom apartment into a five-bedroom. A tour of the neighborhood, an amazing host congregation that provided us with a kitchen full of food, figuring out what communal living looks like, lots of yummy food, laughter, and screams; it seems that we just moved in yesterday and at the same time that we have lived together for ages.

The roommates & I

The roommates & I

Then this past Monday we all got up early and headed out for our first day at our placement sites; ELCA World Hunger (www.elca.org/hunger) located at the Lutheran Center being mine. I spent the last week learning about the amazing impact that is being made in the world as the people of the ELCA walk alongside of others with the use of their gifts and financial resources and all about the work that the folks of World Hunger do. Being able to work alongside these folks who have such a strong passion for the ministry they are doing and the opportunity to be a small part of the greater whole, well lets just say it is going to be an amazing year! Fear not you shall all learn much about World Hunger this year, so be prepared for awesomeness. Then to top it all off the Deaconess Offices just so happen to be located just one floor below my cubical, which means that the fabulous lunches I was blessed to have with those lovely ladies this week be frequent!

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So as I sit here in an adorable little coffee shop on this beautiful Saturday morning with one of my new roommates, watching the cars and foot traffic go by, it is hard to believe that just three months ago I was just hanging up my Youth Director jeans and t-shirt for the business casual of hospital chaplaincy and now that part of my journey has already come to pass. So taking this weekend to just enjoy each moment…for now I shall say peace out to the #BearFootYouthDirector, peace out to the #PagerBelt and hello to the #IfYouWantToStopHungerYouNeedToAppreciateGoodFood. Ready or not week three…here I come!

An introduction and stuff!

Posted: August 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Welcome! For those who don’t know me, my name is Tashina and I am excited to meet you (even it if is only digitally). For everyone else: yay, you found it!

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I am a candidate in the ELCA Deaconess Community, recent seminary graduate and embarking on an internship to round out my training. (For information on what a Deaconess is check out www.deaconesscommunity.org) At this time this site serves two purposes. The first is as a portfolio for my ministry work with Children, Youth and Families. Should you like to peruse that area you will need to have a password. Please, feel free to ask for it. The second purpose of this site is to give all of those who have been supporting me (friends, family, fellow church members, mentors and colleagues) on this journey a chance to follow along and join me in my internship learning and adventures. All in all, I’m just trying to allow God to work around and through me as I discover where my call and life meet up and hit the road. Feel free to join me!

A few tidbits about myself: I have a 4 year old niece, a 2 year old nephew, and another niece due in November; I will talk your ear off about them if you let me. My undergraduate degree was in American Sign Language Interpreting; I spent a few years working within the Deaf Culture and with ASL. When there is some time to be found: I love spending it with friends or family, I am a baker, an avid bookworm, as well as, a budding cyclist and runner.

My family! The whole gang :)

My family at the baby sis’ wedding…the whole gang!

P.S. Just in-case you wanted to know…wherever you are, whatever you are doing right now, I think you are perfect and beautiful…and I am glad for the opportunity to consider you my friend.