Arrives:  April 4, 2016
Worship:  Sunday April 10, 2016

The Sabbatical Team enthusiastically introduces The Reverend Laura Biddle as our Sabbatical Pastor.  Laura Biddle will transition into her Pastoral role at Second Church on April 4th.  Laura's first morning worship will take place on Sunday April 10th when we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Rev. Laura Biddle will serve Second Church through the duration of the Sabbatical of our Senior Pastor Laura Gronberg, who will return to us in July.

Mo Miller (Sabbatical Chairman) Jim Sterio, Bob Wheeler, Jean Bruns, Rick Goodrich, and Alan Benson.

The Reverend Laura Biddle

Email:  RevLPBiddle24@gmail.com

I am thrilled to be your Sabbatical Coverage Minister. As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ for thirty years, I graduated from Episcopal Divinity School in 1986.

 My first Call to Ministry was serving women in prison at MCI Framingham. Teaching courses in economic development and family reintegration allowed me to encourage new pathways for women and their children. Through preaching in congregations around New England I became an advocate for the spiritual health and well being of incarcerated women and their families. During this period of time, I worked closely on issues regarding domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, and community awareness of prisoners in Massachusetts.

In 1998, I was Called to parish ministry. Serving congregations in Newburyport, Salem, Andover, West Concord, and Weston, I have enjoyed both settled and interim ministries. My commitment to creating and sustaining Open and Affirming congregations has been an important aspect of my ministry.

As a trained grief counselor, in 2009 I became the Spiritual Advisor to military families who were grieving suicide. Working with the staff of an organization called TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Project for Survivors), I continue to be committed to helping military families advance their spiritual health.

Currently, I am the University Chaplain at Salem State University, leading one of the first embedded spiritual life programs at a state university. Accompanying students and employees through some of the transformational movements on campuses, continues to be an awakening experience for me. College campuses are places where students are speaking up about social justice issues. This is an exciting time to be listening to the voices of college students.

During our three months together, I would love to get to know you.
Please join me for a cup of tea and a conversation about your spiritual journey.

Sincerely,
Laura Biddle