Linda cannot remember a time when religion and the church were not significant in her life. Her parents were religious people and believed in the importance of having a church home – a place that one nurtured, and was in turn nurtured by, on a continuing basis. Not just a place claimed and visited once a week, but a place that held a central role in one’s everyday life.
Growing up in the segregated South of the 1950s and ‘60s, Linda remembers walking several blocks on unpaved streets to church with her family. Her father was a trustee, her mother taught Sunday School and she and her four siblings participated in various youth activities. “There was a ‘junior’ everything – junior choir, junior usher board, junior church, as well as Sunday school, annual youth day and the youth reporter for the church newsletter, “ Linda recalls. Linda participated in all of these activities and was able to learn about and grow in faith, not just within the walls of the church, but also in the context of everyday life.
Now, AHCC is her church home and has been for the past 18 years. Linda has served as an usher and a Spirit Hill teacher helped renovate homes on Huntington Street, assisted with the capital campaign, served as a deacon and on the Outreach Committee, Investment Committee and, most recently, on the Senior Minister Search Committee. “I am now privileged to serve as AHCC’s Moderator, alongside Vice Moderator David Figliuzzi, other elected lay leaders, and with Senior Minister Rev. Erica Thompson,” Linda said.
Linda believes this is an exciting time for AHCC. Through our mutual covenants, strong faith and deep convictions for the well-being of all, especially those less fortunate, she looks forward this program year and beyond, to a church that is growing spiritually and is fiscally sound, that is open and transparent with respect to church governance and UCC matters, that is vibrant and relevant in word and deed, to fellow members, friends, and the larger community. While learning from and respecting our past, Linda is inspired by the words of former AHCC pastor, Rev. Gary Miller, that “our greatest days are today and tomorrow.”