Tabitha, Arise

Rev. Valerie Brown-Troutt -- April 17, 2016

Scriptures for today:
Psalm 23; Acts 9: 36-43; Revelation 7: 9-17; John 10: 22-30
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Rev. Valerie Brown-Troutt enjoys life as a mother, wife, ordained UCC clergy, school teacher, social activist and grandmother as she pursues goals experiencing God’s peace, love and grace.

Valerie shares the life story of struggle of ordinary black women described by Delores Williams as resisting and rising above forces in society…”doing what they always do: holding the family and church together; working for the white folks or teaching school; enduring whatever they must so their children can reach for the stars; keeping hope alive in the family and community when money is scarce a contribution of faith, love and hope to the black family to the church and to the black community in North American.” Many of her life’s dreams have been actualized including a successful professional career as a clergy, educator, social justice activist, entrepreneur and administrator of non-profit organizations.

She is currently on sabbatical formerly serving during the past 30 years pastor at New Community Church and associate pastor at City of Refuge UCC and Love Center.