Rev. Laura Loving has joined the United Church as Director of Children’s Ministry. Courtesy photo
Rev. Laura Loving addresses children at the United Church. Courtesy photo
BY GEORGIA STRICKFADEN
The United Church, especially the children, are joyfully welcoming the Rev. Laura Loving to the ministerial staff. She was recruited specifically to focus on children’s programs due to the growing number of youth in the United Church.
The Rev. Laura Loving is a United Church of Christ (UCC) minister and has served as a pastor, educator, children’s curriculum writer, retreat leader, author, and English teacher throughout her career.
Laura met her spouse, Bill Humphreys, while they were both attending Princeton Theological Seminary. As Bill served Presbyterian churches in the upper Midwest, Laura chose to focus on raising their three children. With the children now grown, Laura and Bill moved to Santa Fe November 2015 as Bill serves Presbyterian churches in Northern New Mexico. They both work in the Santa Fe public schools as tutors in the AVID program for first generation college bound students.
Though working from home or a coffee shop most of the week, Laura can be found in her office in the Christian Education Building of The United Church on Tuesdays, and wherever there are kids on Sundays at the church.
“I am excited to be working in a community on the top of a plateau, with the town outlining canyons,” Laura allows while making friends with a toddler at a nearby table during lunch in a local restaurant. While being introduced to snow covered neighborhoods, Laura was thrilled to see children at play out in snowy school yards. Trying to find words for her feelings, Laura says, “This is a mystic place to me, filled with real people.”
Laura is looking forward to seeing Matilda the Musical, and just attending all events in which our children are involved.
Meet the Rev. Laura Loving at Sunday worship services at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday School for everyone at 11:00 a.m. The United Church of Los Alamos is located at 2525 Canyon Road, across from the Nature Center. For more information, please visit http://www.unitedchurchla.org.