January 16, 2019
Dear Members of St. Mary’s,
Thank you for inviting me to serve as your Priest beginning on January 20, 2019. I pledge to do my very best to provide for the spiritual and pastoral needs of the St. Mary’s faith community. As you know, sometimes being a follower of Jesus takes us on unknown paths and into new dimensions of faith. As Christ’s disciples, we are never alone on this journey. We have God and we have each other. And, there is plenty of time and room to talk, grieve, seek healing, listen to the Holy Spirit and continue on with the good work taking place at St. Mary’s.
In speaking with Co-Wardens Sarah Youngerman and Jim DeLuca, one of the many things that impresses me about St. Mary’s is the level of engagement in living the Gospel. In a world where we are called to “act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8), St. Mary’s members are doing just that. From feeding the hungry, to partnering with community agencies, to speaking truth to power, you are heeding the call to be the hands and feet of the risen Christ. I look forward to learning from you and partnering with you in this work.
In joining St. Mary’s, I’d like to share a bit about myself. I have a good sense of humor. I love a good story — hearing one and telling one. My last name is pronounced “scar-pa-chee”. I am married to The Reverend Georgianna Smith. George serves as a Deacon at St. Clement’s Church in St. Paul, and previously served as an intern here at St. Mary’s. We live in Burnsville, Minnesota with our dog, Suzu, and our cat Bea.
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is my alma mater. Prior to coming to St. Mary’s, I served as Transition Priest at St. John in the Wilderness in White Bear Lake, as a priest at Church of the Messiah on Prairie Island, and as a Transitional Deacon at St. Anne’s in Sunfish Lake. Currently I am a member of the Standing Committee for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. I also worked for several years as a public administrator for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, serving as the director of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Meaningful and accessible liturgy, and good preaching are important to me. I see prayer, collaboration, empathy, inclusivity, and seeking clarity through the power of the Holy Spirit as key elements of mission in the contemporary Church.
I’ll be posting office hours, my e-mail address, and phone number soon. I look forward to meeting everyone. Let us journey through this time and beyond as we walk together as a community of faith.
Blessings and in appreciation,
Rev. Ramona Scarpace