Miss Abigail Hull
Miss Abigail Hull
|Home Church Address|| |
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
549 N. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC 27604United States
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|Organization Name|| |
Duke Divinity & Coracle
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|Your Position/Title within your Organization|| |
Student (Duke Div.); Associate (Coracle)
|Organization Address|| |
2883 Quicksburg Rd.
Quicksburg, VA 22847United States
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|Description of Organization|| |
Coracle is a non-profit dedicated to forming individuals into agents of the kingdom wherever God has called them. This "spiritual formation for kingdom action" (to use the words of our motto) takes a variety of forms and includes everything from individual and group retreats to ministries of spiritual direction and creation care to opportunities for pilgrimage and racial reconciliation. Located near the DC metro area, Coracle provides spiritual care to many who working in mercy and justice ministry in DC.
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|Does your ministry offer internships?|| |
Yes, post-graduate internship(s).
|Strengths of Organization|| |
The dynamic leadership of the Rev. Bill and Tara Haley who are passionate about demonstrating the love of God and equipping others to live-out their call in creative and compassionate ways; Coracle's headquarters at Corhaven, a 17-acre "retreat home" in the Shenandoah Valley where people daily meet God and are met by Him; and the sheer diversity of ministries Coracle offers - from retreats in the Corhaven garden to pilgrimages to Israel-Palestine.
|Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?|| |
|How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?|| |
|What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?|| |
My work for Abundant Life and at CASA of DC as well as my training at Duke Divinity.
|What are your primary concerns for the ministry?|| |
God has used Corhaven (Coracle's retreat home) in powerful ways in my life - both to sustain and inspire further ministry - and I know that He does the same for the countless others who come. It is my prayer that God would continue to supply the financial resources necessary to meet the needs of those who come and to sustain Bill and Tara as they lead.
|What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?|| |
Right now, I am serving in the music ministry and healing prayer ministry of Holy Trinity Anglican in Raleigh at the same time that I'm helping to launch a discipleship program at the church, while trying to finish my last semester at Duke and discern if God is calling me to be ordained. Finding a balance - and living from a place of quiet, centered in God's love and presence, rather than a place of restless activity - seems to be the greatest struggle at the moment.
|What gives you the greatest joy?|| |
Seeing people encounter the love of Christ and be transformed by His healing presence. As a lay-minister on our healing prayer team, I have witnessed Christ meet people in their places of greatest pain and transform those places, infusing His peace, love, healing and hope. I have seen Him give people "beauty for ashes" and "the oil of joy in exchange for a garment of heaviness" and I can honestly say that this is most beautiful thing I have ever witnessed.
|What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?|| |
Daily times of prayer, scripture reading and silence in the morning, as well as regular worship. In this season, I have found that both worship (corporate and individual) and regular times of silence keep me rooted in Christ and reliant on His strength and love.
|Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.|| |
My heart for mercy and justice ministry really began in high school, when God called me to ministry in the context of a mission trip to rural West Virginia and I began to pray the prayer, "Lord, I want to be used by You." As a student the University of Virginia, I volunteered with a Christian community development organization called Abundant life where I led a weekly Bible study for elementary aged girls in the low-income area of Charlottesville and I remained with that organization after graduation to help lead their after-school tutoring program. During that year, I had the privilege of hearing Amy Sherman speak about Micah 6:8 and the call to justice ministry at Fellows retreat and - after completing the Trinity Fellows program - moved to DC to work for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of DC. At CASA, I supervised and trained our volunteer court advocates and worked with a team of social workers and attorneys to advocate for children in foster care. In that place of deep relational and systemic brokenness, God opened my eyes to the reality of evil and to inexplicable suffering and - in that place of pain - gave me the desire be an agent of healing and reconciliation. As I prayed, I discerned a call to seminary and am now in my final semester of my training at Duke Divinity. As an intern last summer, I had the opportunity to work alongside Bill and Tara Haley at Corhaven and continue to work with them as an Associate at Coracle.