When Susan Stafford retired from nursing in 2016, she suddenly had Sundays off to search for churches.
“I found the website of People’s to be the most interesting and appealing of all the sites I searched,” Susan said. “It sounded like what I was looking for—social justice work, inclusive and multi-cultural. It had 150 years of history in the community and an interesting history in the United States.
“I grew up in a small centennial Methodist church in Sylvania, Ohio where I sang in the choir and was active in the youth fellowship in high school,” she said. “I was happy there.”
Susan is happy at People’s now. “People are friendly, interesting and involved in making positive changes in the wider community,”
she said. “All ages attend; and I appreciate the content and presentation of the Sunday services.” She also appreciates being welcomed, challenged and inspired.
Her sources of religious wisdom have included the Methodist church through high school, physics and astronomy courses in college, attendance at a talk by the Dalai Lama in the ‘90s, reading books by the Dalai Lama, and 40 years of experience at the bedsides of children and families from many cultures and beliefs.
At People’s she appreciates the kindness exhibited by everyone, the sharing during the service when individuals relate what People’s means to them, Rachel’s messages and the Words for Reflection printed in the programs.
The part of the mission statement most important to her is “to find wisdom and inspiration from many sources to discover and live out our highest values.”
She has offered a service for the auction, assists with receptions for art wall artists, attends the book discussion group, is a member of the Aesthetics Committee and the Library Committee and will contribute to the stewardship campaign.
She was on the Bronson hospital ethics committee 14 years and taught an ethics class to graduate nurses, enjoys sewing, reading, walking, playing with her grandson, gardening, and attempting to introduce native species in her woods.
(Susan, 65, is a retired pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital at Bronson. Her daughter, son-in-law and grandson live in Kalamazoo. Her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter live in Denver.)