My name is Judy Copeland and this is my blog about finding and having faith in the ordinary things of life. I am the pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hancock, New Hampshire, a congregation of the United Church of Christ.
I was an avid reader of the Foxfire Books as a teenager in suburban Boston, but it took me another forty years before I actually landed in a rural community. We live pretty close to God’s creation in Hancock. I wake up to a view of Mount Monadnock and I begin most mornings with a walk in an apple orchard. There are plenty of trails to explore with my dog Lily, as well as good places to kayak. Like many of my neighbors, I have a garden which I obsess about for a good part of the year.
Other miscellany likely to inform what I blog about:
- I am a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, juried in glass.
- I first thought about becoming a minister while working at the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland. Celtic fiddles and Ulster accents are still spiritual fast-tracks for me.
- I had good teachers at Dartmouth College and the Harvard Divinity School and great ones in the four churches I have served.
- I am silly, crazy proud of my two children. Abby, my social justice-minded daughter and crusader against racism teaches 4th grade in the South Bronx and Nat, my spatially gifted son and lover of wood is about to start a program in preservation carpentry in Boston.