New Community Church Minister-in-Residence Knows How to Bring Different Faiths Together
By Fred York
The Community Church of San Miguel, an interdenominational Protestant church, is pleased to announce the arrival of its newest minister-in-residence, the Rev Dr Anna Copeland.
Copeland joins us for two months on Sunday, November 3, arriving from Allens Park, Colorado, with her husband, Dr Ellis Copeland, a retired academic dean of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Anna Copeland’s education includes a master’s degree in counseling psychology, a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a doctorate of ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary, where she also served as a trustee and taught graduate classes in preaching. As a member of the Fund for Theological Education, she supports church leadership development. She has also taught graduate classes at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Her most recent service before retirement was with the United Church of Christ First Parish Church of York, Maine. She also serves on the church council of the local United Church of Christ (UCC).
A diligent advocate of global outreach programs, she has served with the Common Hope organization in Guatemala, with Habitat for Humanity in the US and Central America, and with Daisy’s Children, which works to provide clean water and food to families in Honduras and Cuba.
Copeland feels so much is accomplished by collaboration with other faiths. Through the local Magisterium, the churches in York worked with each other to provide support to local needs of the community. In spiritual cooperation, with her leadership, the First Parish Church worked with Episcopal and Methodist and other local churches to offer a service of remembrance for the 50 individuals killed and injured in the shooting at the Pulse Club in Florida. She worked with the York Diversity Forum, which spearheaded a series of panel discussions with faith leaders, including a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim imam, a Greek Orthodox priest, Unitarians, Quakers, and a Native American elder.
By a margin of 95 percent, the First Parish Church voted to become an opening and affirming church that welcomes people of every age, marital status, family structure, faith background, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status.
Copeland enjoys wilderness sports, such as a women’s trek in the Arctic Circle, mountain climbing, and kayaking. She is also an avid tennis player and outdoorsman.
The Community Church of San Miguel, an interdenominational church, welcomes people from all Christian faiths. The church is also known for its friendliness and its uplifting music. We invite you to join us on Sunday, November 3,, at 11am, for a Christian service that seeks to provide an experience in which everyone feels welcome and comfortable. The church is located in the Smart Space meeting space on the Salida a Celeya next to the Bridgestone Tire Center.