My name is Cassidhe Hart, which, when translated from the Gaelic and Middle English, all together means “curly-headed and ingenious male deer.” Make of that what you will. My first name is also curiously spelled and has provided me with a constant conversation piece. (It’s pronounced “Cass-a-dee,” in case you were wondering. [Thanks, Mom and Dad.])
I work at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in the Offices of Student Life and the Chapel. Nevertheless, I’m still not exactly sure what I want to do when I grow up. I hear God calling me to be a bridge-builder—between church and society, between people with different understandings of the world, between the gifts of the Body of Christ and the needs of our neighborhoods. I want to be an architect, or a gardener, of grace-filled spaces that enable people to encounter the redemptive and transformative love of Jesus, so that we may be, to borrow words from Brother Roger of Taizé, living parables of the kingdom of God. Despite dire statistical predictions, I get excited about the future of the church and like to think about new ways for us to engage in community formation as people living in to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
I like children’s books and growing herbs. While in seminary, I fulfilled my dream of working at a library, and I like to watch the sunlight change a room as the day turns. I sing along to folk music while washing the dishes, and if I could only drink one beverage for the rest of my life, it would probably be rooibos tea. New monasticism is pretty cool. Creating innovative worship experiences is a newfound passion, and I am fascinated by the power of words. I get excited by etymologies and three-part harmonies. I am a musician, a story-lover, and a frequent fan of BBC television shows. I am learning to wait on the untamable joy and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.