ELIZABETH RIPLEY transitioned from a long career in the hospital field to serving as executive director of the Mat-Su Health Foundation in 2008. This foundation shares ownership in the local hospital and makes grants to improve the health of borough residents—in an Alaskan borough the size of West Virginia. Other projects that keep Elizabeth engaged in ministry include serving as lay leader of the local United Methodist Church; serving on an ecumenical board called PLUME (Presbyterian, Lutheran, United Methodist, and Episcopalian) involved in mainstream theology-based outreach to the outskirts of her vast borough; and working with local churches to form a faith-based community organizing agenda and framework. Elizabeth writes, “My education at Yale Divinity School has well prepared me for a varied and interesting faith journey that continues on. Any YDS graduates who make it to AK should give me a call or drop me an email so that I can share some Last Frontier hospitality with them.”
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