The Rev. Emily Hylden relishes wearing different hats; it began with her active imagination as an elementary-school student. Currently, she serves as interim vicar of St. Augustine’s Oak Cliff, and as assistant editor for The Living Church, managing the Daily Devotional newsletter [RSS].
She has served served as a yoga instructor, as assistant to the pastor of Downtown Church, a four-year-old PCUSA church plant, as canon for young adult ministries at Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, and as curate at the Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis.
She was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 2009 after she fell in love with the Daily Office and the reverence she witnessed in Anglican worship. Soon after, she matriculated at Duke Divinity School and answered a call to ordination. Since childhood, she’s felt most at home cooking, baking, and hosting parties — one might say that’s still the crux of her work as a priest.
Emily loves exploring Dallas with her husband, Jordan, also an Episcopal priest, and their son, Charles. She blogs on spirituality and food at hope of things not seen.
I'm currently in a phase of "secular" work (employed at a church, but not empowered to use my "magic hands" — that is, to function as a priest), and have had the opportunity to reflect quite a bit on the boundaries of Christian ministry.