By Sari Ateek, Rector
I am delighted to introduce you to the most recent member of our Church’s administrative staff team, Alexandra Kennedy. Alexandra is stepping in as the Office and Communications Assistant – a newly created staff position that combines secretarial as well as communications duties, including responsibility for the bulletin and newsletter publication, updating the website, and managing the church’s social media.
A native Washingtonian, she attended her first St. John’s service in the early 2000s, and has been a proud member of the St. John’s Choir and In Principio a cappella group since January 2017. Alexandra attended Episcopal schools until the age of thirteen. As an elementary school student, Alexandra enjoyed attending weekly chapel. In the sixth grade, Alexandra took a course on world religions, and ever since has been curious to learn more about how people worship across lines of faith. As an undergraduate, Alexandra studied English, Spanish, and theater at Middlebury College in snowy Vermont. There, she enjoyed taking a course in biblical literature, which illuminated the exciting points of intersection between ancient history and biblical interpretation. Alexandra earned a Master’s in English at Oxford University in the UK, graduating in the summer of 2016, after which she moved back to the DC metro area. Since then, she has worked as a substitute teacher at the Oneness-Family School and a freelance editor and writer for an online educational content company. After making the return journey across the pond, St. John’s became not only a spiritual home for her, but also a wonderful place to build community and form friendships. She hopes to pursue a doctorate and teach English at the college level, and dreams of writing, researching, and operating a small farm.
You can catch Alexandra in the Parish Office during the week – working with the accompaniment of Renaissance music on internet radio and a cup of tea nearby – and among the choir on Sunday mornings. Please feel free to stop by and say hello, or call up the office to introduce yourselves.