Aldersgate United Methodist Church, located at 9161 Cinema Drive, is pleased and excited to announce and welcome its new minister the Rev. Judy Shook to serve its congregation and the people of Juneau.
Shook received her Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology in Dallas in 1989. She comes to Juneau following six years of special ministry in Hawaii, which involved spiritual counseling, classes, workshops and retreats. While in Hawaii, Shook received training in sacred spiritual practices from Hawaiian elders.
Shook served as pastor of Sonoma United Methodist churches in Sonoma, Aptos and Point Arena, Calif., and Pettus and Pawnee, Texas.; and as associate pastor in New Braunfels and Del Rio, Texas. While in Texas, Shook worked within the community and local schools to support teachers, parents and youth in dealing with at-risk youth and the threat of gang violence.
Shook believes in spirituality that values the earth and our connections with nature. Her previous academic background in agriculture, horticulture and social work make this a natural fit for her.
"I have always been very connected with nature," Shook said. "It comes out of my concern for the ecological crises that we're facing these days - a lot of brokenness an disconnection in our lives. I have found that most people feel some sort of competition between taking care of people and taking care of the environment, and between taking care of others and taking care of ourselves. I believe part of my calling is to help people understand the connections and heal those splits."
Shook's personal goals for her ministry in Juneau include connecting with people in exploration of spiritual practices that honor the earth and our various cultures and how our creativity supports our soul work.