Rev. Marjorie MacNeill is a life-long educator and ordained pastor/teacher in the United Church of Christ (UCC). She came to Vermont in the late 1960s during the back-to-the-land movement, and raised her two daughters here. Marjorie had a long career in teaching and social services outreach before she entered the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA in 1987. Since then, she has specialized in intentional/transitional interim ministry in many settings. After retiring in 2016, she served as pulpit supply pastor throughout Vermont.
Marjorie is especially concerned these days with those people and programs assisting asylum seekers on the Mexico/US border and travels there frequently. She lives in Shelburne with her partner, Rev. Carole Carlson. For several years, Marjorie has done occasional pulpit supply at CCP and in October, 2019, she became CCP’s Transitional Pastor. She leads worship, attends CCP committee meetings, offers pastoral care, and helps CCP to understand and implement our new vision and plan for the future.
Sophia Donforth has a wealth of administrative and teaching experience. Her work experience includes managing administrative aspects of Young Tradition Vermont, tutoring and classroom teaching (specializing in science and writing instruction). She manages the church office and ensures everything is running smoothly.
Her hobbies include folk music and dance – she sings, plays the fiddle and guitar and is a member of Burlington’s Social Band and a frequent contradancer. Sophia lives in Burlington with her husband and two daughters.
Lisa Raatikainen is a pianist, singer and music teacher living in Burlington, VT. She studied music at Middlebury College and has performed with several musical groups around Vermont. In addition to running a private music lesson studio in her home, Lisa enjoys singing with the Vermont Choral Union and continuing her lifelong study of classical piano works.
I have played and studied piano since childhood in a rich and wide-ranging music career. From fancy country clubs to jazz clubs and society soirees, from dusty dives and rowdy saloons, from concert halls with symphony orchestras to recording studios, to exciting years playing ragtime on steamboats up and down the Mississippi River system. It is an amazing experience.
Through my life there has rarely been a time I haven’t played in church on a regular basis. How awesome are the great and powerful ways that music brings us closer to God. To play before the Lord has always been a delight and a spiritual fulfillment beyond words. Having recently moved to Vermont from Maine, I am thrilled to have found the opportunity to play for Christ Church Presbyterian.
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