Shelly Fayette, Episcopal Priest (she/her)
The Rev. Shelly Fayette grew up an atheist in the wilds of rural eastern Washington, attending high school in Yakima, WA, where she was the token resident feminist noisemaker and out queer girl. She came to faith when she spent a year serving as a volunteer housemother at a home for homeless pregnant women in south central Los Angeles, run by Mother Teresa's order of nuns. It was there she learned faith could be a lived practice, a way to walk with and for the poorest of the poor.
She graduated from Seattle University summa cum laude in Theology and Religious Studies. She earned her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, earning distinction on her Master's Thesis on rape culture and atonement theory. She has worked as a nanny, crew on her dad's salmon troller in Sitka, AK, a barista, a dishwasher, and an admin assistant. She was worst at admin. She was ordained to the priesthood in January of 2010. She has served congregations in eastern OR, Vancouver, WA, and Salem, OR, before happily accepting the call to be Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Seattle in October of 2014.
She is the proud new mother of baby Moses, and proud spouse of Aaron Petry Scott, amazing anti-poverty organizer and activist. When not generating slightly heretical or at least offbeat theology, she enjoys cooking, silence, playing with her baby, reading, yoga, easy hiking, and movie theaters with drinks. .
Elizabeth Rawlings, Lutheran Pastor (she/her)
Hello! I'm a native Clevelander, but I have been in the Seattle area since 2004, when I came out to live with the mountains and rivers. I have a BA from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC where I majored in Outdoor Leadership, attended both The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary for my M. Div. and I also have a Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University.
I enjoy hiking, reading, sarcasm, irony, bad puns, and lots of other stuff. I also am a part of the Northwest Washington Synod's Strategic Team for Authentic Diversity, do racial and sexual justice in our synod and around the ELCA, write justice-oriented liturgy for The Disrupt Worship Project, write on my own blog and have been published by Sojouners. I am passionate about social justice issues and proclaiming God's love for all people. Working with UW students is a great privilege -- y'all are smart, interesting, passionate, creative... I could go on and on. Let's get coffee or drinks! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.