Ministry

Carla is an ordained redevelopment/congregational vitality pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) offering progressive, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ celebrating perspectives on theology that are both Biblical and compassionate. Visit her YouTube for the most recent sermons and recorded presentations!

Please join me at ReleaseFaith.org to be part of the digital ministry that reflects the heart of my work. Release Faith is a collective of justice-centered faith leaders and ministries that live in the world, beyond the boundaries and borders of buildings. We are followers of the Way of Jesus. We are focused on equity and full inclusion for all God’s people, especially in areas of activism, spiritual care and support, faith formation and education, and community building. We are LGBTQIA2S+ affirming. We are BIPOC centering. We are immigrant welcoming. We are people with disabilities inclusive. We radically uplift of the priesthood of all believers. We are creative and forward-thinking, actively embracing growth and change to better accompany and uplift God’s people.

My calling as Assistant to the Bishop in Charge of Justice Ministries for Lower Susquehanna Synod (Central Pennsylvania region), ELCA involves coordinating education and training, awareness raising, worship support, and congregational consultation around our current pillars of racial justice, LGBTQIA+ affirmation, welcoming immigrants, disability inclusion and support, and housing equity. Our Healing Justice Fund is an all-inclusive and minimal gatekeeping grant program based on the ideal of reparations. Resources and task force activities and support opportunities are available on our website at https://www.lss-elca.org/about-us/justice-ministries

I am honored to serve as part-time senior pastor of Heidelberg United Church of Christ located in downtown York, Pennsylvania and online at heidelberguccyork.com. Heidelberg is an open and affirming community that takes great joy in describing itself as “a place to encounter the Sacred, to explore your passion for social justice and spirituality, and to create community with others who follow the way of Jesus Christ. We are theologically progressive, welcoming to all, and committed to vital ministry in the city. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, for an hour, or a lifetime, you are welcome here.”

Disrupt Worship Project (https://www.disruptworshipproject.com) is a powerful collection of liturgies, prayers, and worship resources written from a justice and liberation theology perspective. I am part of a leadership team that stretches across the country and across denominations, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations to offer Biblical commentary and liturgy from the perspective of those on the margins, the ones Jesus spent the most time with while on earth! https://www.disruptworshipproject.com/ 

Prayer Request

I pray daily and always include the special cares and concerns of my friends and neighbors. How may I pray for you today? All concerns are kept strictly confidential.

Movement

A few examples of forums and worship experiences I have produced or participated in centering Issues of Justice, liberation, and our call to action as people of faith. For more visit me on YouTube!

Meditation

Messages centering self-care, spiritual healing and wholeness, and physically embodied faith I have produced or participated in. Many center around trauma informed care and mindfulness and feature the voices of dear friends and colleagues in ministry. For more, visit my YouTube!

Message

Gospel inspired sermons that bring the Bible into contemporary life with words of inspiration, challenge, and adventure. For more, visit my YouTube!

Testimonials