I believe that I have the best job in town! Since spring 1995 I have been the Outreach Coordinator for the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution, and in this capacity I initiate and collaborate on a variety of outreach programs and services targeting indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere and Hawaii. For most of my time at the NMAI I have targeted indigenous artists and recently developed the NMAI Artist Leadership Program for individuals and arts organizations and cultural museums that focus on providing access for artists to museum collections, provide arts management training, and support of community public art projects. Without this job only God would know where I would be as Washington, DC, was not on my list of places to live and work!
So, this job at the NMAI is why I am in town. So why Calvary? In my job, I experience and interact with people who reflect a variety of languages, cultures, protocols and belief ways that demonstrate the diversity and strength of the indigenous people of this hemisphere. Here in Washington, DC, as I look around on Sunday mornings or attend Theology on Draft I experience and see similar life settings in the framework of Calvary Baptist Church. As a member since 2005, to me the people of Calvary hold a diversity of outlooks and personal experiences but a common call to a belief in God who are willing to share and demonstrate their faith in a variety of programs and services that Calvary has to offer. My hope for Calvary is that it continues to build upon the promises of God; continues to extend hope and peace when needed; and continues reflecting the diversity on the impact of God through its members.