Ms. Page is happily retired. Her work experience includes developing employee assessment and selection tools, designing and evaluating performance management systems, and addressing organizational issues using survey methodology. During her career, Tanya worked for the federal and state government and served as an independent consultant.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. Many years later, Tanya changed course and received a Master of Science degree in applied psychology-emphasis in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Baltimore.
Why is The Open Church for me?
In the past, I visited many churches of different denominations (e.g., Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist). Some of those churches seemed to be very controlling. They might dictate what you could wear, the kind of music you could listen to, the role women could play in the church, and who could take communion among proscriptions. Sometimes there seemed to be a "lock step" method on how things could be done, and members could not deviate from established practices. Questioning anything the clergy said was unthinkable and unacceptable. More troubling than the rigidity, was that some churches excluded groups of people - people who were divorced, members of the LGBTQ community, and other groups.
My personal belief is that if you are willing to exclude one group, under other circumstances, you will be willing to exclude another group... then another. Unlike some of my experiences with other churches, The Open Church (TOC) welcomes all. People are encouraged to come as they are and to develop in the direction they want to achieve. The mission statement proclaims radically inclusive love, courageous social justice activism, and compassionate interfaith collaboration. While the mission may be aspirational as long as humans try to implement it, TOC moves forward through careful thought and actions taken ON PURPOSE!