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Rev. Vince Lavieri

  • Kalamazoo, MI

Ministry setting

Being discerned.

What brings you joy in your ministry?

Ordained ministry is rooted in Word and Sacrament.

Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?

An insight into what brings meaning within service as an ordained minister for me can be expressed through the words of Ella's Song, by Bernice Johnson Reagon. Ella's Song in based on the words of Ella Baker (1903-1986), a civil rights pioneer. The last verse: I am not female, but I am a feminist, from the generation that fought for inclusion of women in ordained ministry, and I am in solidarity with all those who have been given secondary status by those in power.


We who believe in freedom cannot rest;
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons
is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers' sons.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest;
we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

That which touches me most is that I had a chance to work with people
passing on to others that which was passed on to me.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest;
we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

To me young people come first, they have the courage where we fail
and if I can but shed some light as they carry us through the gale.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest;
we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on
is when the reins are in the hands of the young, who dare to run against the storm.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest;
we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

Not needing to clutch for power, not needing the light just to shine on me,
I need to be one in the number as we stand against tyranny.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest;
we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

Struggling myself don't mean a whole lot, I've come to realize
that teaching others to stand up and fight is the only way my struggle survives.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest;
we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

I'm a woman who speaks in a voice and I must be heard.
At times I can be quite difficult, I'll bow to no man's word.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest;
we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

What are your interests outside of ministry?

in no order: my grandsons; the University of Michigan; the Chicago White Sox; my dogs (Samoyeds); the Detroit Red Wings; music; wellness/fitness, as a student and as a physical fitness instructor.

Best meal you've ever eaten?

Aebleskiver, a Danish food I was introduced to while serving a Danish-heritage Lutheran congregation.

Brief bio

Lane Tech High School (1969); BA, North Park University (1973); MDiv Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (1977); CPE, University of Michigan (1977)

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