Joan Brown Campbell labors over the prayers she writes for the service on the Fourth of July. “Joan probably spends more time working on her prayers for the Fourth of July weekend than any other day of the year,” said Jared Jacobsen, organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music. Actually, Campbell and Jacobsen work well in advance to plan the Fourth of July services.
The Rev. Katharine Henderson is a “troublemaker” in ministry. She is the president of the Auburn Theological Seminary and teaches students to become Christian leaders. “The idea is that leaders and people of faith are called to help to create a just and more peaceful world, and sometimes that means not maintaining the status quo but stirring things up to create transformation and change,” Henderson said.