Andrew Amanda Leigh-Bullard was delighted to discover the Episcopal Peace Fellowship as they were looking for new ways to connect to the larger body of the church. Through the Episcopal Service Corps site Lawrence House, they have spent the past year coordinating the formation of 5 College Common Cup. 5CCC is a campus ministry partnership serving the Five Colleges of Mount Holyoke, Smith College, Hampshire College, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts.
This year builds on their time as an intern with St. Hilda’s House and they look forward to a third Episcopal Service Corps year at Lawrence House this fall. Aside from their service and formation in intentional community they are very active at their home parish, All Saints’ South Hadley. They can usually be found up to something at the church, be it singing in the choir, serving as an acolyte, jumping into bible study, decorating for Midnight Breakfast*, preaching, and serving on the vestry. They also have a fairly active “hobby” of trans education where they present at conferences, develop educational resources and engage in conversations around the blessing offered by those whose God given genders transcend male/female dichotomies.
While not working directly in the fields of their undergraduate education (criminal justice and information resource studies) nor zipping off to a library as the Masters’ in Library Science would suggest, they’ve found plenty of opportunities to build connection, link resources and foster community as they’ve bounced from Kansas to Connecticut to Massachusetts. Their summer highlight will be General Convention, which they plan to follow with a focused month of prayerful reflection on what the coming years might lead to.
*Midnight Breakfast is an outreach to the college community hosted by St. John’s (for Smith College) and All Saints’ (for Mount Holyoke) where students are invited into the parish hall for food, a warm welcome and stress-relieving conversation between 10:00pm-1:00am one night during finals week. For the 8th Midnight Breakfast at All Saints’ we had over 550 students come in, many of whom created the paper cranes for our Pentecost decorations.