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About Rev. Rebecca L Holland
While in D.C., Rebecca also served as a pastoral intern at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) located on Capitol Hill. While working at GBCS, Rebecca gained experience working with issues of social justice, including the Imagine No Malaria Campaign. She was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church in May of 2018. She currently serves as the solo pastor at a wonderful church in Central Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Order of St. Luke
Rev. Rebecca is currently working on a nonfiction book about the importance of helping people to articulate and share their stories. It is her goal to help to use her voice in order to help to create spaces in the church for people who have been traditionally marginalized, especially women, people of color, and people with disabilities.
Rebecca is a voracious reader and particularly enjoys poetry, eighteenth century literature, and women's history. She also has a soft spot for genre fiction, especially science-fiction, fantasy, and Georgian romances. She is the proud mom to a chubby chihuahua and a very grumpy cat.
She blogs about ministry, faith, literature, and disability awareness at www.BeckieWrites.com
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Sometimes it takes low vision to give the church new vision!
Rebecca was no stranger to adversity. Born with bilateral congenital cataracts, Rebecca developed glaucoma at the age of four years old and experienced significant sight loss. When Rebecca was ordained as an elder in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church, she promised herself that she would use her voice to lift up others who have also experienced hardship and adversity in their lives.
In October of 2018, Rebecca started a blog (BeckieWrites.com) and was deeply touched to discover that her voice resonated with many other people, especially other women of faith and people with disabilities. In this volume, Rebecca gathers the best of her writing as it relates to faith, disability, and the United Methodist Church.
This volume includes:
-A basic introduction to the theology of disability
-Advice for churches who would like to become more accessible
-Ideas for inclusive worship
-Practical tips for clergy and other professionals who are dealing with sight loss
-Relationship and career advice for people with disabilities
-Analysis of ways that a possible split in the United Methodist Church may impact clergy with disabilities
As a person of Filipino-American descent, Rebecca hopes to offer her diverse voice and unique worldview to help her church find a way forward through this challenging time. It is also her hope to that the essays, ideas, and articles gathered together in this volume will inspire and empower other people with disabilities to follow their dreams.
About the Author:
Rebecca is proud to be a visually impaired writer and half-Filipino clergywoman. She is chair of the Disability Ministries Task Force of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church and a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary. She has been recognized as an emerging young leader by Path 1 Ministries.
Rebecca’s poems have been published in several small literary journals. In 2018, she published her first chapbook, Through My Good Eye: A Memoir in Verse. Her writing has also appeared in Hacking Christianity, United Methodist Insight, Keys for Kids, CAPTIVATING! Magazine, Bold Blind Beauty, and Sacramental Life, among others. She blogs about faith, books, and disability awareness at BeckieWrites.com.
Rebecca serves in full time pastoral ministry in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. She and her husband are the proud parents of one very large cat and one exceedingly sassy Chihuahua.
Marked as different from an early age by her visual disability and her ethnic features, she was once told by a teacher in her small hometown that she would never go to college.
After enduring years of abuse, Rebecca almost gave up on herself; however, God had other plans. God gave Rebecca a new life and an unexpected new identity as a preacher in her beloved United Methodist Church.Through My Good Eye: A Memoir in Verse , gives the reader a glimpse of the world the way the author sees it. This brief chapbook includes poems from her first five years in ministry as she worked toward ordination, fell in love with her congregation, and eventually found her own, "happily ever after."
An earnest statement of faith in the midst of struggle, this collection invites you to take a look at the world from an entirely new perspective.
About the author: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland (M.Div. & B.S. English Ed) is the pastor at Christ Community United Methodist Church in rural Pennsylvania. Rebecca is particularly passionate about spreading the love of God to those who have been traditionally marginalized by society.She writes about ministry, the church, literature, and her life as a young female clergywoman of color with a visual disability on her blog at www.beckiewrites.com