8: Coffee with Taylor Devine

TaylorPoindexter5I take the blame for any coffee slurping sounds in this episode. That’s right, I’m taking the advice of our guest’s grandmother who said, “Have fun and be brave!” You’ve heard from her grandmother now hear from Virginia Theological Seminary student Taylor (Poindexter) Devine. And if you listen carefully you might hear Pope Francis in the DC background (but probably not).

And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,* you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40 NRSV)

Wild Goose LEADNOW Cohort 2015
Wild Goose LEADNOW Cohort 2015

Taylor and I met at the Wild Goose Festival in July 2015. We were the first cohort of up-and-coming, dare I say, novice leaders. The programs is called LEADNOW, spearheaded by veteran leaders you can hear on the Coffeepot Fellowship Podcast (Lindsay Andreolli-Comstock, Jennifer Bailey, Brian McLaren, Romal Tune, Emilie Townes, Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo, Alexia Salvatierra and others). It was amazing to be surrounded by such creative, energetic, concerned, fun and serious faith leaders! If you can find your way to the Wild Goose Festival you will always be glad you went, even if you only go once. When Taylor went to the festival this year she actually managed to escape during the middle of her CPE (clinical pastoral education). I don’t know how she was able (on many levels) to get away but we can all be glad that she did because it has resulted in all of us having the opportunity to get to know her.

Taylor (right), mother and sister.
Taylor (right), mother and sister.

“The issue, at least for Christians-though in the end for every person-is what it means to be a person…What it means to be a person is to be free from idolatry in any form, including, but not alone, idolatry of race…to know that all idolatries are tributes to death, and then to live in freedom from all idolatries. To be a person means to be freed from the worship of death by God’s own affirmation of human life in Jesus Christ…to accept and participate in God’s affirmation of one’s own life in Christ. To be a person means the freedom, in the first place, to love yourself in the way in which God God-self has shown that God loves every person…In that freedom is the love and unity among people which can endure death for the sake of all, even unto a person’s own enemy, even unto my own enemy, even unto myself.” -William Stringfellow, My People is the Enemy, pgs. 148-149

TaylorPoindexter3Links:

Sponsor: United Faith Leaders

Virginia Theological Seminary

Wild Goose Festival

The Episcopal Church

My People is the Enemy by William Stringfellow

Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time by MaryAnn McKibben Dana

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