Presbyterians Today

OCT-NOV 2017

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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay | OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017 13 activists, making connections and building relationships with people who are, as Roederer puts it, "spiri- tually curious but institutionally wary." Susan Rothenberg is an at-large member of Pittsburgh Presbytery. Prior to entering ordained ministry, she worked in marketing, advertising and public relations for compa- nies in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. upon a certain doctrine or set of beliefs," Roederer reports. "In fact — and I hesitate to say this — worship is no longer the organizing center in many faith communities. Rather, many unaffiliated people say the ideal spiritual community is about relationships and connections based upon a shared participation in justice and mission activities in the world rather than what is happening within the walls of a church." The Presbytery of Detroit recog- nized the importance of Roederer's ministry, not only among those who participate in the Meetup group, but also in Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan community. In 2016, the presbytery commis- sioned Roederer as a community chaplain to nones and dones, a new kind of validated ministry in which Roederer is not called to one particu- lar congregation or group, but to the broader community served by the presbytery. It is a call Roederer relishes, and her passion for her work animates her voice as she describes the poten- tial of her new call. "I am a chaplain, pastor, community organizer and friend to people who are religiously unaffiliated. Their perspectives and forms of spirituality matter, and I am learning a great deal from them. Together in community and shared conversations, we will continue to go deeper as we explore faith, spiritual- ity, meaning and justice together." As part of her work, Roederer partners with Canterbury House, an Episcopalian ministry that hosts community events, spiritual support and concerts for the University of Michigan community. One outreach activity at Canterbury House that excites Roederer is providing free, healthy, home-cooked meals twice a week to students, many of whom cannot afford a university dining plan. "UM is considered a prestigious school, and people may not think of this area as a food desert, but the truth is many students struggle to access affordable, healthy food here. Canterbury House has made food justice and access a priority," she said. When not spending time with Michigan Nones and Dones or at Canterbury House, Roederer can be found out in the community, attend- ing events, spending time with local Endorsed Mover for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Stevens is proud to deliver over 110 years of family-owned moving expertise and quality services to Presbyterian Church (USA) Members, Clergy and Employees and Educators: • Discounted pricing • Top-rated drivers and crews • Customized moving packages • Stevens Home Protection Kit™ • Free no-obligation move estimate • Single point-of-contact Trust the Stevens Worldwide Van Lines USDOT 72029 CALL VICKI BIERLEIN: 800.248.8313 Clergy Move Center ™ T h e w a y t o m o v e As a community chaplain Renee Roederer (right) talks to people about faith, spirituality and the meaning of justice in today's world. COURTESY OF RENEE ROEDERER

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