Dreams and Visions is a church in Baltimore that’s awake to the realities of our world and alive to the possibilities of God.
Together, we’re creating an imaginative space of restoration, where we find the courage to be our full selves.
Emily is delighted to be a member of the Baltimore community, and loves learning from this vibrant, connected city. Emily is a church planter — someone who starts new church communities! A Lutheran pastor of the ELCA, she loves to create new spiritual spaces that are brimming with life, questions, and hope for a more just world. With Dreams and Visions, Emily is excited co-create a faith community that dismantles fear and hate, affirms LGBTQ people, and confronts racial injustice.
From 2008-2017, Emily founded and served as pastor of St. Lydia's Dinner Church in Brooklyn, where worship is a full meal, shared around a dinner table. Emily and the congregation were involved on combatting police brutality and a lack of affordable housing with organizations such as Faith in New York.
Emily served as the Director of Worship at The Riverside Church from 2007-2009, and was co-founder of Music That Makes Community. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Emily received the Alumni Award for Distinction in Congregational Ministry in 2016.
Email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are creating Dreams and Visions together, and you are a part of the process. Your dreams and visions are welcome here, and your contributions of all kinds, too! Sanctuary Gatherings are planned collaboratively, and there are always roles to fill at each one. Come early to help set up, stay late to clean up, or play a specific role. Your ideas are needed for Dream Baltimore events, or maybe you feel called to host a Dream Abbey!
Every newsletter lists jobs that need doing and opportunities to offer your gifts.
Music is a vital part of our worship at Dreams and Visions. We have a crew of brilliant, soulful musicians who lead us in singing and prayer. Novoa Champion, April Robinson, and Ben Rose are with us for most every gathering. We also invite guests musicians from diverse musical backgrounds to come and make music.
Sunday Sanctuaries often feature friends and neighbors sharing their stories. At past services, we’ve heard from:
Brother Merrick Moses, who shared a story of trans re-naming.
Charlene Rock-Foster from Baltimore Ceasefire, who shared how their work has created a new dream and vision for the city of Baltimore.
Charles Xavier Kilborn, who shared about the sacredness of his body.
Neatrice Holmes led a guided meditation and Joshua Gosnell offered chair massages at our service about spiritual practices