It is with excitement that the Session of Westminster introduces Emily Oshinskie in the newly created Young Adult Peace Worker (YAPW) position at Westminster.
This position came to fruition from the exciting growth we have experienced as a community of faith that earnestly seeks to create a just and lasting culture of peace through spirituality, intentionality, and partnerships. The YAPW will be active in all aspects of Westminster's ministry, cultivating our identity as an intergenerational community that seeks to be "Intentionally Inclusive", especially ministering to our children, youth and college age students.
The position also focuses on vocational discernment for the YAPW, as many young adults complete a year of faith-based service through the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program where they experience profound transformation and find themselves discerning a call to ministry. Westminster on the campus of The College of Wooster is an ideal community of faith for such unearthing to take place, as one can fully express oneself among an open, accepting, creative people.
Not only will Emily be the first person to fulfill this ministry, but she will help Westminster to further develop this opportunity. Emily is thrilled, nervous, and excited to accept this new challenge; she will be transitioning from the "dry heat" 100 degree-plus desert climate of Tucson, Arizona to the Midwest winter of Wooster, Ohio. While this is new territory for her, there is nothing too foreign about the PC(USA). She has engaged in a two-week-long program at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for young adults exploring vocation (2009 & 2013), attended General Assembly as a Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) in 2010, and served as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Tucson this past year (2014-2015)....among a medley of other things related to this "frozen chosen."
However, as much as she sees herself as a kind of "poster-child for the PC(USA)" at times, she is humbly and authentically in love with exploring other faiths, religions, cultures, ethnicities and upbringings other than her own. In particular, over this past year, she has been able to view service through a more critical lens, asking questions of: "When is the church doing more to hurt than help?" and "Am I as a white Christian viewing race through a 'colorblind' perspective?" During her YAV year, she has lived into the comfort and discomfort of intentional and accountable Christian community with other young women from South Korea, Alabama, San Francisco, Texas, and Maryland. Living in "The Borderlands" has taught Emily the importance of building up boundaries to maintain healthy relationships and practice self-care and simultaneously knowing when to cross them for the sake of reconciliation and respecting the Body of Christ in its diverse array. To learn more about Emily you can visit her blog, Desert Discoverings Emily Oshinskie's Year of Service & Simple Living in the Southwest.
We are looking forward to welcoming her to Wooster and Westminster in worship on November 7, 2015!
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