Ashley Martinage

I am a bit of an oddity at Rock Spring because I actually grew up in the Congregational/UCC church. Many of my formative faith experiences occurred in my home state of Maine, particularly at Pilgrim Lodge, a UCC church camp I attended for 9 years as a camper and several more years as a volunteer counselor.  Since joining Rock Spring in 1997, I have served on the Christian Education board several times, chaired the Personnel Board and Church Council, taught Sunday School, taught the Our Whole Lives program for middle schoolers, and led the Fifth Sundays Task Force. I currently am the Director of Faith Formation.  I worked for 10 years on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Aide and Chief of Staff, before “retiring” in 2003 to raise my children and become a “professional volunteer.”  I return to Maine every summer to our small family cabin on a beautiful, quiet lake close to Acadia National Park. In addition to sitting on the dock watching the loons, I love to cook, read, take naps, and kayak. My preferred pronouns are she/her.

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by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.