From Richmond, Virginia to St. Louis, Missouri has been a spiritual journey for our Vicar, the Reverend Emily Hillquist Davis.
Born in Virginia, Emily is a cradle Episcopalian and "Army brat" who grew up living in many different places and came to love different languages and cultures as well as dance and gymnastics.
Academic pursuits took her to Indiana University in Bloomington and to Washington University in St. Louis where she met her husband Warren,and earned her Ph.D. in German Literature, studying theology and religious visions of women who lived during the Middle Ages.
These old-but-radical writings helped Emily fall in love with God again. She went back to church (where she grew up anyway, since her parents and grandparents were active members of various Episcopal churches, and her mother also became a priest). Raising 3 children, volunteering and finishing her dissertation kept Emily entertained over the course of many years. After enjoying an additional course of study at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri, she was ordained to the priesthood in 2007 and became our Vicar.
Learning Sign Language has been a wonderful gift for her, and she is astounded at the beauty, grace and energy of it all.
She has also served other hearing churches on a part time basis and currently serves on the board of the Episcopal Conference of the Deaf.
"Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen."
We often sign this ASL-ized praise "doxology" to close the Psalm.
(We are always adjusting our ASL signs for clear meaning & vitality!)