“I like the whole culture of LCH—people are friendly, I like the inclusiveness and openness, the variety. I like the discussions—talking with others about their views and insights stimulates me.” Cathy Tokishi attends the pre-Compline discussion group on Sunday evenings before Compline and the occasional morning service. Her friend, Stan, sings in the Compline Choir. They both recently attended the adult forum based on the ELCA Study Document on Genetics.
“I love Pastor Jeff’s sermons, which make me think. And, of course, the music!”
If Cathy finds LCH friendly, the truth is that her own cheery and friendly demeanor begets friendliness. Still, she says, comparisons can be made with other churches that she has attended in her search for a new church home. Even at churches attended by friends, she has not experienced that same degree of inclusiveness and acceptance. Other church experiences have not matched the enjoyment she feels at LCH, and she counts it a blessing to have attended over the past couple of years when able.
By happenstance, she says, she found her career helping and educating the public at the State Tax Department, where she has worked for over 25 years. And now, to put a Lutheran twist onto her experience, she considers it a vocation, a calling. “I like to be helpful to people. I am not happy when I am not useful.” She has assisted non-profit organizations, students, elders, and others faced with tax-related issues. Sounds like a constant need.
With a graduate degree in sociology, she has always been interested in law and social change. Given the character of our society, she should always have enough to grab her attention. Perhaps our church community can inspire and challenge her as we enjoy the benefits of her friendship.
Cathy was interviewed by Fritz Fritschel
August 1, 2010
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