Lori was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in Savannah, Ga. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors’ degree in history. A life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, USA, she holds an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Church history and Theology from the Toronto School of Theology.
She was installed as pastor at New Hempstead in 2005.
When not enjoying her work with the congregation, Lori can be found reading, cooking, or travelling. She is married to Howard Whitehouse, an Englishman she met while studying at the University of Warwick her junior year of college. They share their lives with three very spoiled cats.
We will begin a new Bible study Sunday, January 7, after coffee hour. We will gather with our coffee in the sanctuary and spend an hour or so in Holy Conversation around the Gospel of Mark. This is not instead … Continue reading
On Wednesday, September 6th at 7:30pm, Pastor Lori will resume our discussion group on race and white privilege. The group will be reading and discussing “The Star Side of Bird Hill” by Naomi Jackson and “Between the World and Me” by Ta Nehisi Coates. Contact Pastor Lori with any questions and plan to join us for thought-provoking and enlightening discussion. Guests are welcome!
There will be a panel discussion on the newest edition to our PCUSA Book of Confession, the Confession of Belhar from 2-4 PM on Sunday, November 6 at Germonds Presbyterian Church. This statement of faith came out of the apartheid-era … Continue reading
Pastor Lori is away on a continuing education trip. In case of Pastoral emergency, contact Ed Garcia. Worship on Sunday, July 31 will be led by Rick Ufford-Chase of Stony Point. The Church office will be closed Tuesday, August 2. … Continue reading
It is hard for me to believe that Advent is upon us—especially with the news of so many terrorist attacks in the past weeks. I find I am looking forward to this time of year even more, in light of … Continue reading
Hudson River Presbytery has begun a monthly “Pastors’ Sabbath” at Holmes Camp and Conference center. It’s 24 hours in the woods of Putnam County, a time for pastors to decompress and spend time with God. I went last week, and … Continue reading
Ah, it’s finally warm! After a long winter, I am looking forward to a slower pace, sunshine, and a chance to catch up on some reading. This is perhaps my favorite column to write every year. It’s the one where … Continue reading
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015. We will worship beginning at 7:00 in the sanctuary with Eucharist and the Imposition of the ashes. During Lent, Pastor Lori will preach a sermon Series on how to live out our … Continue reading
My Continuing Education retreat a few weeks ago was wonderful. Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico is truly what the early Christians in Celtic lands called a “thin place” – a place where earth and heaven are … Continue reading
“We make the road by walking.” I love this phrase—it reminds me that there are no easy answers in life—that part of what makes life meaningful is the journey that we make together. This phrase is also the title of … Continue reading