Nya Taryor, Jr., Pastoral Intern, photo

March 12, 2024 Pastoral Intern Shares Ministry Highlights

Nya Taryor, Dumbarton’s pastoral intern, shared highlights of his recent work: 

Greetings, friends and members of Dumbarton United Methodist Church:

These last few months have allowed me to practice my gifts in ministry in so many ways:

  • I was given the opportunity to preach.
  • I offered ashes to people (on Ash Wednesday) in front of the Foggy Bottom Metro Station.
  • I led two Adult Education sessions that focused on material from Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg’s book, On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World, which Rev. Rachel has also used to guide her Lenten sermon series.
  • I worshipped with Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on Humans Relations Day.

From enjoying fellowship with so many who attended our Reconciliation Sunday service and brunch to listening to a White House representative read a handwritten note of respect (on behalf of Vice President Kamala Harris) honoring the life and legacy of Mike Beard, one of your beloved members at his memorial service, I see how active this community is in the life of the Church.

Now that I am in the process of candidacy for ordination in the United Methodist denomination, my journey will continue to grow in the call. It is an exciting time for me with new discoveries–in myself and in possibilities for the future.

I will be around for a few more months serving the congregation. I have enjoyed my time with you all and know that you helped me to be comfortable with my future role as a church leader.