The Rev. Lindsay Bye, Deacon

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Name
The Rev. Lindsay Bye, Deacon
Church Info
Home Church Address
Holy Spirit Anglican Church
587 Baird St.
Akron, OH 44311
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
Not Wasted
Type of Organization
Other
Organization Type
Non-profit AND Church Ministry
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Director/Pastor
Organization Address
587 Baird St.
Akron, OH 44311
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Post Incarceration Care
Substance Abuse/Addiction
Organization Email
trynotwasted@gmail.com
Description of Organization
Not Wasted is a faith-based, non-profit, re-entry organization for women who have been incarcerated or in addiction in Akron, Ohio. Women upcycle materials to create unique, artisan goods while seeking God's transformation and restoration in community. We believe in the infinite value of women in the eyes of God. We seek to see women, and to help them see themselves through these eyes. Our goals are four-fold: 1) Restore the identity of women (for women to see themselves as Jesus sees them) 2) Provide healthy community in which transformation & creativity can flourish 3) Prepare women for sustainable employment & dignifying vocation 4) Create opportunities for sustainable employment & dignifying vocation We are a week-day, non-residential program offering: weekly Bible study; daily prayer & liturgy; employment skills training; recovery coaching; one-on-one goals setting & accountability; financial & budget coaching & accountability; healthy eating on a budget & cooking classes; opportunities for community outreach; and sewing & jewelry making apprenticeship. Not Wasted was created by Truly Reaching You ministries (trulyreachingyou.com), and adopted by Holy Spirit Anglican Church (holyspiritakron.org). Not Wasted turns billboard vinyl into bags & bibs, bicycle chains into bracelets, and watch parts into pendants and earrings. Our goods are sold at several local boutique & specialty stores, the Akron Art Museum, local artisan events (ex: Craftymart), and will soon be available online.
Organization Years In Operation
3
Does your ministry offer internships?
No.
Strengths of Organization
-the presence of God in our midst -supportive & loving community -walk-along-siders & intercessors -recovery coaches who are, themselves, in recovery -accountability -creativity
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Full Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
2.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
-countless mistakes -the blessing and grace of a justice and mercy oriented, and experienced staff team, including Fr. Scott Souders (over 30 years of inner-city ministry experience), and Fr. Steve Wewer (COO of Truly Reaching You Ministries) -Classes, lectures, & events with amazing teachers including: Rev. Drs. Joann Ford Watson, Rob Douglass, Wyndy Corbin-Reuschling, & Marvin McMickle at Ashland Theological Seminary -the beauty of Ezekiel 34:10 -the poetry of Martin Espada -Radical Gospel Living Monasticism Conference: Ohio Wesleyan University -The Young Clergy Women Conference: Duke Divinity School -The Vineyard Seminarian Summit: Yale School of Divinity -Doing Good Well Signature Leadership Program: Christians in the Visual Arts -Women in Leadership Conference: Detroit, MI -Formational Prayer Seminar: Ashland Theological Seminary -InterVarsity Christian Fellowship resources & training, including Ministering Across Cultures Training -Urbana, InterVarsity Global Missions Conferences & Seminars
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
That we maintain what seems to be a newly re-built, healthy foundation as we grow.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Balance. It is easy to let Not Wasted be my life, and to leave little time for other pursuits in which I am replenished and refreshed.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Seeing "older" program participants being Jesus to "newer" participants, especially when our women from addiction and incarceration are ministering to our volunteers.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
-Immersing myself in beauty: visual art, poetry, literature, music, movement, healthy & creative cooking. -Daily Prayer (BCP, Common Worship, and/or Celtic Daily Prayer) alone, and with others. -Journaling -Bi-weekly counseling and formational prayer sessions -Maintaining relationship with close friends with whom I can laugh, cry, and who can hold me accountable to these disciplines.
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
We love to partner with others. We love that we already pray with you. We'd love to pray for you. We'd love you to pray for us.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
However God would like fellow Anglicans to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues. Justice and mercy ministries need partnership and relationship even more than checks and verbal support and encouragement.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
-Toxic Charity by Lupton -When Helping Hurts by Corbett
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
-A Long Night's Journey Into Day -Promises
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
christenacleveland.com patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed huffingtonpost.com (Voices sections) sojo.net cbeinternational.org juniaproject.com
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
We minister with, not to. We can't save anyone, nor should we try. Often what we think helps, hurts. Jesus wants us to love the poor, not just help them. Help without love isn't help. Help without listening isn't help. Help without vulnerability isn't help. There is no "us" or "them." We are all equal at the foot of the cross, and the throne. We have all broken the law, convicts just happen to have gotten caught. There are no "good" and "bad" people. Anyone is capable of anything (accomplishments and sins). Forget everything you know, and everything you've learned and just observe and listen. Do not assume that you know or understand the goals of those around you. Having a job is not the goal. Sometimes, money is the worst thing. It's all about relationship. Vulnerability is necessary. Independence is crap compared to interdependence. God is bigger than we think. God forgives things we don't think should be forgiven. We all have things we think shouldn't be forgiven. Transformation is possible with God. We hear God in community. We experience God in community. We are transformed by God in community. Eternity is in community.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
More communication between ministries of justice and mercy.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
I have been the beneficiary of privilege, the perpetrator of sin, and the recipient of grace. As a toddler, I rotated the location of my stuffed animals in an effort to give them all equal love and attention. As a child, I wrote letters to our pastor and church board on behalf of a man denied the honor of collecting the offering because he did not have nice enough shoes to wear to church and look presentable. As a young adult, I struggled with my own privilege and my willingness and ability to effect change in my community. In college, I learned from, and then taught cross-culture ministry workshops focusing on God's care for the poor and the oppressed. As a seminary student, I experienced God's heart for the poor and oppressed through the richness of Scripture and the benefited from the experience of my professors. As an adult, I experienced loss and deep brokenness and was brought back to life, Lazarus style, by the voice of Jesus in the form of a strange and quirky collection of misfits in a small, inner-city church filled with convicts and addicts. I experienced Jesus in their eyes, in their hands, and in their hearts. It is now my privilege not to minister to, but to minister with the poor in my city.