The Rev. Amanda Bourne is a transitional deacon from the Diocese of Virginia. A recent graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, she is passionate about Jesus, preaching, church history and intentional community. Before seminary, Amanda earned a B.A. in English at Marymount University and completed a monastic internship at the Society of St. John the Evangelist, through the Episcopal Service Corps. She is excited to be a part of the Reimagining Curacies Program and looks forward to walking alongside these faithful communities over the next three years. When not working, you can find her hiking, baking bread, drinking tea, cuddling with her very spoiled cat, and indulging in bad Sherlock Holmes adaptations.
A few weeks ago, I accepted the call to serve in the Reimagining Curacies program. I said yes to a set of communities who I’d only met through email, Zoom and social media. This, as you will easily guess, is not even the strangest part of my first few months of ordained ministry. I was ordained to the transitional diaconate on March 7, 2020—on the eve of the pandemic.