The world is filled with interesting stories. Stories of birth, transformation, death and transcendence are the very core of every individual and organization. They fundamentally define our hopes, dreams and potential. Often times these stories go unspoken or unrecorded. We find ourselves so caught up in the drama of the moment that the moment passes before we know it and we are left with a sense that we have lost something, that we have been swept away by the storm. As a result our hopes, dreams and potential often seem undefined and out of reach.
Kristie is someone who provides a calm and sheltered moment in the storm. A moment to relax, reflect, and actively respond to our experience and environment. A moment to define and shape our dreams.
She does this through her unique blend of experience, insight and compassion. She actively listens, asks thoughtful questions, and through her writing and photography puts the story into perspective.
Whether the stories take place in the boardroom or Brunei, Kristie helps one go from a passive participant to an active traveler, from hurried reader to passionate poet. It is a refreshing and transformative experience.
Kristie has worked with our congregation in a number of capacities, and in every case she
has demonstrated great leadership skills and a willingness to challenge old ideas or behaviors to move to new ways of thinking that bring life and energy. She has worked with
our youth, our leadership team, on various outreach and mission projects, and with our
elderly population. Again, in every case, the community was blessed by her gifts and
Kristie has a rare combination of gifts and talents. She is a great writer, interviewer,
and photographer and is able to capture the spark in every person and draw it out. But
what makes Kristie special is her ability to genuinely care for her subjects and not just
treat them as stories for a portfolio. If you attend one of Kristie\'s lectures or gaze
deeply into the eyes of one of her subjects, you will quickly understand that it is her
compassion for others that has allowed her the sacred entrance into their lives.
It is hard for one person to change the world, but one person with the combined talents
and heart like Kristie's can change some minds and touch many hearts.