30: Coffee with Sara Mackey

The universe knows what it’s doing (Sara Mackey).

SaraMackey3Sara might prefer to say she has a message from the universe for you, “I know what I’m doing.” Sara has served several faith communities in various capacities over the years. She is a saint and a sage. Each time that she tells me about part of a sermon she has preached there is a spark within me that seems to say, ‘Huh, I hadn’t thought of that’ or ‘I hadn’t thought of it quite that way before.’ And it is always refreshing and encouraging. Sara is clearly a believer in a very good, loving  God.

Jay loaded with books in his new role at Morton Library.
Jay loaded with books in his new role at Morton Library.

Like me, Sara works at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. She gets to spend her mornings in the gorgeous and richly resourced theological library with me (although in different departments) and her afternoons in the main administrative building. Her Christ-centered being makes her a great advocate for everyone in the seminary community while she supports all human resources. It may surprise people outside a seminary or religious community that such communities can very easily and quickly lose sight that they are about their faith before anything else. I say that without any particular judgment because I have attended and worked for many, many religious organizations and every one of them lives with this real struggle (churches, Christian camps, Christian conferences, several seminaries, private ministries, etc.). They all need their Sara Mackey’s.

God is the God of all people.SaraMackey2


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