Plymouth Welcomes Nikira Hernandez-Evans to TiM Program

The Transition into Ministry Committee is pleased to announce and welcome Nikira Hernandez-Evans as the newest Associate in the TiM program. Nikira will join us at the beginning of June and this will be her first time living in the Midwest.

She grew up in California but did attend undergraduate school at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Nikira can see and experience snow in the California mountains but that requires she go to visit it rather than snow’s regular visitation with us in the Midwest. We gave her a good taste of Iowa winter and snow during her interview weekend of February 9-11 this year.

Nikira is a graduate of Pacific School of Religion, where she earned the Master of Divinity in 2016. She has been engaged in The Chaplaincy Institute since her graduation; as well as a year of Chaplaincy internship with the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco.

During her telephone interview, Nikira responded to the question about what has surprised herself so far in life by saying “Becoming a Christian.” She went on to explain that she had to accept and build a relationship with Jesus and, in doing so, learn to give up anger and distress.

She has since begun to assess and merge the similarities between her Paiute ancestry and Christianity. Nikira wrote in her UCC Profile that “my Native American (Paiute) spiritual practice tells me that (Holy) Spirit is in all things: the rocks, the animals, the trees, the water, the birds, the fish, the soil, and the humans. We are in covenant with all of creation to care for one another.”

Certainly seems like God’s exhortation and reminder to humans of God’s creation, our covenant with that creation and each other as well as with God. A good reminder, Nikira, and we welcome you and your wife, Marissa.

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