My name is Emily Schmid and I am originally from Sterling, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. Traffic is terrible down there. When I was working with the Smithsonian Associates it took me an hour and forty five minutes, a car, a bus, and the metro to get to work. Needless to say, I am much happier to be able to drive 15 minutes to get to the United Church Center.
I am really enjoying my placement with the Pennsylvania Council of Churches so far. I get to apply my interdisciplinary arts administration degree by creating programming that will help people understand the issue of solitary confinement in PA’s prison system. I have been working with my supervisor to reimagine creative ways in which we can share the stories of people affected by solitary confinement. One aspect of my work which has taken me a bit outside of my comfort zone has been networking and reaching out to individuals who are affected by solitary confinement to see if they would be willing to share their stories. People have given us overwhelmingly positive responses. My hope is that sharing these stories will be as therapeutic for these individuals as it is educational for people of faith. We have our first trial program coming up mid November and then are kicking off programming in earnest starting in the new year. I’m excited to see where things go
As property committee coordinator for the Sycamore house I enjoy working with the committee to fearlessly battle cockroaches, mold, and leaking pipes (the joys of living in an old house!). In all seriousness, I am eternally grateful to Jim and Mike and all the members of the committee for putting up with my emails and working through our concerns. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to learn about all that goes into managing a house without actually having to re-install the drywall myself 😛
You can find me at the 10:15 service at St. Stephen’s or occasionally wandering around the labyrinth in the Bishop’s courtyard on Saturdays. Although it has been slow going, I am working with Amy and Shayna to develop an oral history of St. Stephen’s. I will conduct interviews with various parishioners about their experiences at St. Stephen’s and compile them into an online database to be shared with the congregation. Stay tuned for more details.
One of my favorite things that I have been doing out in the community of Harrisburg has been connecting with a group of individuals who all listen to a podcast called Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. The podcast reads through the Harry Potter books chapter by chapter and applies a different sacred reading practice to each one. We have started a local group where we do the same thing, starting with book one chapter one. We meet every other Sunday afternoon at the Nuclear Bean in Middletown and we’d love for more members to join us! Check out our FB group here for more details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/420589091922792/
In my free time (Although we seldom have any here at Sycamore house) I enjoy cooking, baking, art journaling, painting, reading, writing (poetry, plays, blog posts, journal entries), biking, hiking, painting my nails, watching movies, doing yoga, and napping. Mostly napping.
Finally, to get to know some random facts about me, here are some favorites:
Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Movie: The Breakfast Club
TV show: New Girl
Podcast: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Play: Every Tongue Confess
Musical Artist: Mumford and Sons
Candy Bar: Twix
Tea: Chai (which I realize just means tea, but authentic Indian Chai with milk is so good)