Community Worship: Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
Lakeside welcomes Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, Senior Pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., as Preacher of the Week July 9-12. This week’s preacher is supported by the Ruth C. Shannon Endowment.
Gaines-Cirelli will lead the 10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Community Worship Service on Sunday, July 9 in Hoover Auditorium.
Michael Shirtz and guest artists will provide musical leadership during the service, while the liturgy will be led by Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Senior Director of Religious Life & Pastoral Care.
Following the opening prayer, children (ages 5-11) will proceed to Bradley Temple for Children’s Church with Chip Richter. There will be a message by Richter, songs, crafts, lemonade and cookies to share. Preschoolers are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Gaines-Cirelli has served as Senior Pastor of the historic Foundry United Methodist Church since 2014 and is the first woman to hold the title.
At Foundry, Gaines-Cirelli has reenergized work for racial justice, became a founding member of the Sanctuary DMV movement and leads a Sacred Resistance Ministry Team to mobilize consistent action in response to troubling current events.
A graduate of Yale Divinity School, she has led congregations both small and large and urban and suburban in both the Baltimore Washington Conference and the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
A sought-after preacher, teacher and facilitator at both regional and national events, Gaines-Cirelli’s book, Sacred Resistance: A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent, was released in 2018.
She is married to Anthony, a Catholic theologian currently serving the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as a Director in their Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Office. The couple lives in northeast Washington, D.C. with their clumber spaniels Harvey and Daisy and cat Fiona.
Join Gaines-Cirelli for Faith for Living Hour at 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday in Orchestra Hall. Gaines-Cirelli will give the sermon at Vespers by the Lake at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.
Guests are welcome to attend Community Worship free of charge by requesting a complimentary Church Pass between 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 1 p.m. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto. This pass must be presented to the gate attendant upon departure. If the time allotted is exceeded, the guest(s) will be charged a fee. This pass does not include access to the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus pool. Complimentary passes are available for all worship services and Faith for Living Hour.