Name: Andrew Stevens
1. How long have you hung out at the Chapel? Why do you keep coming Back?
I started attending the Chapel when I moved to Berkeley in the summer of 2012. I keep coming back for the supportive, vibrant community, engaging theology and great sermons, and life-giving spirit I find here.
2. A couple of things Chapel people might be interested in knowing about you.
I am currently pursuing a PhD in Agricultural & Resource Economics at UC – Berkeley. (No, I’m not in seminary.) I’m originally from Minnesota (grew up in the suburb Eagan) and went to college at the University of Chicago (right near the LSTC seminary). Currently, in addition to serving as a co-HUB-cap for the Love Our Neighbor HUB, I am also a member of the Sierra Pacific Synod Council (2015-2018).
3. 2-3 sentences of “advice” to newcomers to the Chapel?
Jump in! You don’t need any special knowledge, experience, or social connections to get right in the thick of our life here at the Chapel. Our community can — and does! — nurture everyone no matter what their situation. Some people show up and put down roots for decades. Others (like me) are only here for a few months or years before the winds of life blow us somewhere else. There is a place for everyone here.
4. A change you would like to see happen at the Chapel during your term in office.
My goal is for the Chapel community — our congregation — to feel true ownership of the social justice work we do together as the Love Our Neighbor HUB. In the past, it feels like the congregation has supported what a small group of people were actively doing around social justice. In the future, I want it to feel like our whole community is engaged and active around our communal work in the world.