This fall, United in Faith is blessed to have THREE seminary
students assigned to us for the 2017-2018 school year. These
students are serving their Ministry in Context (MIC) contextual
education assignment with UIF, which usually takes place during
their second year of seminary study.
These Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) students
spend about 7 hours a week in ministry with UIF (Sundays plus
one or two other meeting days). They may lead Bible studies,
attend ministry or committee or council meetings, preach,
attend communion visits, or whatever else seems appropriate.
An MIC Lay Committee has been identified already who will
work with all three students (Rich G., Pam M., Denise B., Kim
C., Dawn C.). Each of the students will have an MIC project
that they will lead, probably during the second semester
(January – May).
On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday (September 10th), you
will have a chance to meet Aaron Silco, Liz Koerner, & Ruby
Burwell Lee. Come and welcome them with open arms!
Their bios follow.
Ruby Burwell Myers
Greetings United in Faith,
My name is Ruby Burwell Myers. I'm currently a part time M
Div. student at LSTC. I began my journey in 2011. I recently
remarried my first husband Marion two years ago, so we are
considered "newlyweds" I guess? We are the proud parents of
three sons: O'Shun (35 yrs), Kyle (33 yrs), & David (28
yrs). We are also Nana and Paw Paw to: Kyle, Jr (10 yrs) &
O'Shun, Jr (2 yrs). As you can tell, I'm in the minority in the
family. This would seem a flip, since I'm one of 5 daughters to
my deceased parents John and Elease Burwell. I've lived in
Chicago all my life outside of my undergrad years attending
Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.
My undergraduate degree is in Biology. Since graduating
Augie I've done cancer chemo- therapy research at IIT Research
Institute; worked in the genetics laboratory at Children's
Memorial (now called Robert and Anne Lurie Children's
Hospital); and now am currently working for the Illinois
Department of Public Health in the Division of Laboratory
Newborn Screening Unit in the Chicago Laboratory. I enjoy
watching HGTV & the Hallmark channel for mindless activity
and reading inspirational books to enhance my spiritual growth.
I'm an old school music person because of listening to my Dad's
78 rpm as a child. I enjoyed playing this music so much, that
my children also enjoy it. The music is that of Nat King Cole,
Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and other records.
Finally, I recently completed CPE at Advocate Christ Medical
Center and found the experience to be the most rewarding thing
I could've done outside of being a daughter, sister, wife,
mother and Nana. While at United in Faith, I hope to learn more
about working in a multigenerational church atmosphere. I'm
looking forward to my time with you at United in Faith.
Greetings & Peace to you, the congregants of United in
Faith Lutheran Church -
My name is Elizabeth Koerner (You can call me Liz) and I am
very excited to be one of the Ministry in Context students at
your church this coming school year.
I attended Thiel College in Greenville, PA for my
undergraduate years. I majored in Religion and Sociology, and
minored in Pre-Ministry and Music. I am the second child of a
2-child family. I grew up in New Britain, CT, and I hope to go
back to the New England area to serve as a Parish Pastor. I
felt a call to ordained ministry at the age of 12 and have not
once turned back. In my free time I enjoy crocheting, crafting,
and music. I also have a part time job babysitting for a
wonderful family with 3 boys. / am excited to build
relationships with you during this time of learning at your
church with Pastor Carla and my fellow MIC students.
My name is Aaron Silco. I am from Littleton, Colorado, a
suburb of Denver. I have been a Lutheran my whole life. In high
school, I did pole-vaulting as a part of the track team, and I
worked backstage with the school drama productions. I went to
Bethany College, a tiny Lutheran school in Lindsborg, Kansas.
My undergraduate degree was in Religion with a minor in
Philosophy. I have worked as a camp counselor at Lutherock in
North Carolina, and at Tomah Shinga in Kansas. In college I got
to study abroad for a semester, and so I lived in India for six
months. One summer during college, I was able to live in China
English to kindergarteners. The year after college and
before seminary, I taught English literature to high schoolers
in Bratislava, Slovakia through the ELCA's Global Missions. I
love to travel. I enjoy walking and hiking in nature, and
reading good books, but sometimes I just need to be still and
watch a good movie or TV show. I am excited to be at United in
Faith this upcoming year.