Joshua Sullivan: Christian (in the Lutheran tradition). For a long time he thought he was an atheist. But now he is the associate pastor at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in the suburbs of Philly in PA.
At a particularly low point, he read something by Simone Weil and he started praying the Lord’s Prayer again and everything changed.
God called Joshua back to God, back to the organized church, back to that Lutheran place he started as a baptized infant. This made him cry a lot, he didn’t really understand why. Then he went to Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music in 2013 and graduated in 2016.
He learned a lot as an intern in a little Lutheran church in Brooklyn and as a vicar in Seattle at a big Lutheran church and a political advocacy non-profit called Faith Action Network of Washington. He learned that tradition is beautiful, but very dangerous. He learned that rejecting it is necessary too, but easily leads one astray.
He believes strongly along with Martin Luther and all the reformers that our faith and trust in God alone saves us—that is, it liberates us and makes us fully human. However, this trust and humanness will pull us to serve our neighbors, especially those cruelly marginalized in our society because of the intersectional categories of race, gender expression, class, sexuality, disability, or substance dependency.
In everything he does Joshua hopes to deepen for folks the joy and mystery that God has revealed to all the cosmos in Jesus the Christ—the perfection and union of spirit and flesh; the gift of forgiveness and communion with God.
He lives with his wife Madelyn in Philadelphia.