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Crossroads Welcomes Ibuki Kihara

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Welcome to Ibuki Kihara, Congregational Designated Minister  August 19 to November 18, 2019

Welcome to Ibuki Kihara, Congregational Designated Minister from August 19 to November 18, 2019.

Crossroads is pleased to announce that Ibuki Kihara is the successful candidate for the Congregational Designated Minister (CDM) position during Gabrielle’s upcoming sabbatical. Ibuki was the first person to serve at Crossroads in a summer jobs grant position in 2015, and we are pleased to welcome her back to the Crossroads community.

Ibuki will enter her final year of a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at SFU this fall, and is thrilled to sojourn with Crossroads in a position that comprises the Sunday morning Children’s Ministry responsibilities, as well as coordinating the monthly CREW outings. Daughter of a United Church Minister, the Rev. Yoko Kihara, Ibuki was raised in the UCC at Northwood in Surrey, and has volunteered in their children’s ministry programming for many years. She enjoys researching and planning for the sessions with the children, having crafts and other activities line up with the themes for the day, and engaging with the children.

Ibuki offers a calm, grounded presence, a deep faith, an awareness of diversity and commitment to lifting the voices of those typically on the margins. Ibuki will bring this sensibility to her work with the CREW ministry, and has experience while at Northwood serving in the hot lunch program that congregation provides in Whalley, as well as leadership of the former Intercultural Youth Group of Fraser Presbytery, and other social justice oriented ministries.

We look forward to welcoming Ibuki back to Crossroads for the fall season!