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Resources and Reflections by Ari Leigh

Christian Formation & Work Experience

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Common Ground

Position: Worship Intern

Participate in the creation of ancient and innovative worship experiences
Share in the preparation and consumption of a shared meal
Offer reflections on scripture using the lenses of tradition, reason and experience
Preside over the Eucharist when appropriate
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Episcopal Service Corps

Position: Service Corps Volunteer

The Episcopal Service Corps is a national network of intentional communities dedicated to providing young adults with the opportunity to live, pray and serve together. Throughout the course of an ESC year, each community member is assigned to a full-time social service or ministry placement, participates in leadership and other formation activities and in shared times of prayer discovers how strangers can become one in God. Through engaging worksites, facilitated spiritual formation and shared meals, serving as an Episcopal Service Corps member is a vibrant way to actively live into a time of formation and service.

Through the Episcopal Service Corps, I’ve had the opportunity to serve with St. Hilda’s House (Fall 2013-Spr 2014) and Lawrence House (Fall 2014-Spr 2016). Each placement has connected with a wealth of opportunities to grow in prayer, service and closer to my communities.

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Episcopal Church General Convention 2015

Affiliations: Episcopal Peace Fellowship Young Adult Delegation & TransEpiscopal

Testify on the social justice implications of church legislation
Start conversations about the need to presume the presence of church members who identfy with genders other than male or female
Work with TransEpiscopal to provide resources on how to fully welcome gender diverse members of our congregations
Provide information about why bathroom equality is an important step in ensuring the Episcopal Church welcomes everyone
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Position: Lay Chaplain, Camp Counselor

Lead faith-based reflections that engaged youth from 6-16 years old
Supervise campers in various activities including high & low ropes, archery, hiking, and arts & crafts
Teach outdoor skills and crafts
Serve as a lifeguard for swimming at the pool and canoeing at the lake front
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Christ Church New Haven, CT

Position: Episcopal Service Corp Member

Participate in the Anglo-Catholic worship of the parish by leading Morning Prayer, serving at daily low mass, hosting Compline, and acolyting for the Solemn High Mass
Develop church library cataloging procedures, write library manual and train volunteers on it's use
Evaluate the church website and participate in discussions around what steps needed to be undertaken to update it
Deesign, implement, and maintain a digital file system for organizing sermons
Assist with reorganization and cleaning efforts in the parish office
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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Position: Parishoner, Practicum Student, Loaves & Fishes Coordinator

Assist with various liturgical functions as an acolyte and Lay Eucharistic Minister
Provide outreach by assisting with transportation ministry and serving as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor
Plan meals for 30-50 patrons of our food ministry, recruit and train volunteers, and ensure food safety and cleanliness requirements were maintained
Write, distribute, and report on a survey about the impact of the food ministry program
Serve as Peer Minister connected with Emporia State University and as President of Episcopal Campus Ministry of ESU
Lead Evening Prayer and adult formation
Develop photo archive and work with parishioners to identify unsorted pictures