What do a mother, a grandmother, a nurse, a clown and a minister have in common?
They are one and the same in Rev. Joanne Kury, the new minister at Headingley United Church.
Sometimes our careers evolve and change as we seek our real calling in the world. Kury found hers over time.
Her first career was that of a public health nurse. Married with four children, and moving from Brandon to Edmonton to Yellowknife, she grew weary of grueling 12-hour shifts.
She began exploring "worship in whiteface", a form of miming whereby the service is done in silence and travelled with a performing group doing this type of service throughout Edmonton. She found this so interesting that she subsequently studied at St. Stephens College in Alberta.
This combination of study time at home while caring for her young family was just what she needed.
Once back in Winnipeg, Kury spent time serving at Stella Mission in Winnipeg, where she truly fell in love with the work and the children they helped.
The rest is history, as the saying goes. Thus began a two-year pastoral charge at Warren Meadow Lea, Man., as minister. She enjoyed the diversity of that congregation and community.
Upon being commissioned as a United Church Diaconal Minister, she spent 14 years serving at Charleswood United Church.
"I was ready to embrace a change" says Kury. "I am excited about getting to know the people in this community."
Kury expects to be active in the community, not only in the church on Sundays.
And yes, she is also a clown!
This talent to captivate audiences is put to good use during the children’s time at Sunday service. Kury can share a story that educates both children and adults alike.
When she’s not at work, Kury enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren, doing genealogical research, gardening and sailing.
Kury was officially installed at her new posting as minister for the Joint Pastoral Charge of St. Charles-Headingley at a special covenanting service Sept. 22.
Her time will be shared between the two churches. Sunday services are held at Headingley United Church at 11 a.m. and "all are welcome," she says.