Church of Mary Magdalene
December 22, 2009
I was a pastoral intern at the Church of Mary Magdalene while studying at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. It was a life-changing year for me. A passion for walking with women is the key to Mary's Place/CoMM - this is not just another social service agency- this is a community. There is a sense of accountability and purpose that undergird the hard work of holding together in difficult times. From the front-line staff to the administrators, the office support to the song leaders/music director - these are women who rely on the gifts of the community to see them through the day. In addition, worship at CoMM is like no where I have attended. Participation is encouraged in ways that honor where each person is - en route to wholeness no matter how long the journey. I have been blessed by the women of Mary's and am grateful for their ministry to each other and the community at large.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
preparation to be a stronger, more flexible pastor/pastoral care provider.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
acceptance and challenge. I was welcomed into a community where I was the minority as a white, middle class, educated, housed woman. I was embraced while also being held accountable for my privilege.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
tenacious, strong, not always easy, committed.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
provide a welcoming, hospitable environment where women without homes could find all the resources they need to return to the community-at-large AND women in homes could continue to find support and friendships that help to maintain housing.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former volunteer & pastoral care and worship.