For as long as people have written, sung, and told stories about God, literature has been a means by which the Holy Spirit has moved individuals to examine their faith.
The Rev. Christine Humphrey facilitated a day of looking at literature through the lens of the Bible. She also helped us examine biblical themes and relate these themes to literature and challenged us to use our imagination as we looked at our own faith through guided mediations.
This retreat was a Taylor Fund event. Through the generosity of the Taylor family, CEC is able to present educational programs to the community at no cost to the participants. This is a blessing for us to be able to do this and we thank the Taylor family for their care and concern for this parish and our community. Read more about the Taylor Fund below.
For 25 years she taught elementary school instilling the love of reading in her students. In the 1980s, she began to sense a call to the priesthood and began the process of discernment. She did her seminary studies at St. Cyril and Methodius Polish Roman Catholic Seminary in Orchard Lake, MI, and then attended Bexley Hall, an Episcopal seminary located in Rochester, NY. She was ordained to the priesthood in 1991.
For the first years after ordination, Chris continued to teach school full time and served as a part time assistant at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Pontiac and later as an associate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Farmington Hills. In 1995 she answered the call to become rector of St. Mary’s-in-the-Hills, Lake Orion, MI, and retired from her public school teaching career. Rev. Humphrey served as rector until October, 2011 when she retired.
Since childhood Northern Michigan has been a place of renewal and relaxation having fond memories of family childhood vacations “up north” where fishing and exploring were priorities. As an adult her mother arranged for her siblings and their families to spend time together at a cottage in the Petoskey/Charlevoix area. This tradition continues as her brother, a niece, a nephew and she all have condos in Charlevoix where the family gathers to enjoy boating, swimming, and family gatherings.
Now that she is retired she and her canine companion Sam spend even more time in Charlevoix. She continues to be a priest associated at All Saints’ in Pontiac and does supply work at various churches including Christ Church.
You can often find her in Round Lake Bookstore making suggestions for good reads.
Imagination & Faith is the third CEC Taylor Fund Retreat. Previous events were a book talk and signing of The Other Side of Suffering, by John Ramsey, friend of the parish in the spring of 2012. In the fall of 2012 a Jesus Seminar-on-the-Road about the Parables of Jesus was presented.
All Taylor Fund retreats are open to the public at no cost thanks to the generous gift of the Taylor family.
In 1997, a fund was established with the Charlevoix County Community Foundation in memory of Charles M. and Joan R. Taylor by their daughter, Ms. Julie Joan Taylor of Little Rock, AK (a former member of the Belvedere Club).
The Taylors had a cottage at the Belvedere Club for many years and enjoyed their summers here in Charlevoix. They were active in the community and our church. Both died in 1996. They had two children: Julia, who established this fund and Charles who was killed in Vietnam at the age of 19.
The earnings from this fund are available to the church for community programs, but not for management or fundraising. We thank the Taylor Family for again providing CEC with the means to present this retreat.