Sabbath Day: Friday
Raised nominally Presbyterian in a university town up north, Lisa’s faith was largely formed by an imaginative atheist, some thoughtful Roman Catholics, a few Anglo Catholic clergy, a Quaker school, and several wise and wonderful broad-churched Episcopalians. She came into the Episcopal Church through the Canterbury House at SMU in Dallas (she was teaching at the Episcopal School of Dallas at the time).
Lisa was ordained at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill in 1992, and served as Assistant to the Rector at St. Stephen’s, Durham (1992-1997) and at Church of the Holy Family, Chapel Hill (1997-2002). In 2002, she was called to be the gathering priest for the mission that has become the Advocate.
Lisa is passionate about church and culture, about how each generation receives and contributes to tradition, and specifically about how the Church can participate in the world around us in the 21st century.
She shares her household with her husband, Lamar. She has a grown daughter, two grown step children, a daughter-in-law and two grands. She loves to be outdoors, understand history, drive her car, sing (though she’s not at all trained), move her feet, engage with words, and make church.
Favorite songs? Probably Be Thou My Vision, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, and Wondrous Love. Also Springsteen’s Land of hope and Dreams and Beyoncé’s Halo.
Favorite books? Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Jonathan Sach’s The Dignity of Difference, and John Paul Lederach’s Moral Imagination.