Leadership

  Dixie Strunk grew up in the Yakima Valley as a lifelong Catholic. Dixie was trained as a Physical Education Teacher at Central University and Teacher of Computers at UW. She taught PE, Computers/Finance and 3D Modeling for 37 years. Twenty years in a Franciscan order helped her to develop a deep love of St. Francis. Dixie loves being part of inclusive Catholicism because all humans were made by God and they all are worthy of being included in a Catholic Church and all churches. Dixie’s favorite potluck food to bring is a basic salad. Her favorite songs currently are: “A Place at the Table” by Lori True and the adjusted Taize chant version of “Give Peace.” Books Dixie enjoyed reading because she learned some amazing truth about the Church are: Do I Stay Christian? by Brian D. McLaren, Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton. True to her love of St. Francis she loves all animals, especially cats!

Jo Anne Felton spent much of her childhood in the Midwest, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan.  Then on to Connecticut where she met her future husband at the US Coast Guard Academy.  Moving continued, Honolulu, Staten Island, NYC, Sturgeon Bay, WI, and Westminster CA and finally and happily settling in Seattle in 1984. Jo Anne is a lifelong Catholic and their four children all went to Catholic schools where she volunteered and was a substitute teacher. Jo Anne loves being part of the Inclusive Catholic Community because, amongst other things, it is inclusive and a real community.  It is good to be able to share in the planning and preparation of the services.  Jo Anne especially loves the shared homily, where we say how the readings resonated with us.  It is a wonderful way to have new insights into scripture and to get to know our community members on a different level. Jo Anne enjoys the  wonderful, uplifting and meaningful music, and the prayers are always real and applicable to her. Jo Anne appreciates how wonderful it is to be able to share a meal together after mass.

Rev. Adina Meyer was born in Wichita, Kansas and was a member of St. Catherine of Siena parish where she taught RCIA and sang in the choir. She holds degrees in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and Edinburgh University, as well as a Master of Divinity from Portland Seminary. Adina was ordained a priest in May 2024 and is a member of the Region for the Holy Margins of the Roman Catholic Women Priests. She loves being part of an inclusive Catholic community where she can help create liturgies that demonstrate God’s extravagant love for all people. Adina is most interested in the ways in which the mystical Christianity of the desert mothers and fathers might intersect with Liberation Theology. Her priestly vocation flows from God’s invitation to all people into the heart of the Sacraments. She enjoys bringing her homemade sourdough cinnamon rolls to the potlucks. Her favorite hymns are “Bring Many Names” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Some books that express her beliefs are Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle and The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton. Her personal heroes are Jimmy Carter and Teresa of Avila.