Rev. Carla Aday, Senior Minister at Country Club Christian Church
In an age of artificial intelligence and Wikipedia, we seek wisdom and truth through facts and information. Simultaneously we notice the frailty of emotional health in the American landscape. Our culture teaches us to bridle anger and apologize for tears. And faith gets reduced to a set of beliefs. But what if the spiritual journey awakens the soul so that we are empowered to deepen and express emotions, passions, and feelings? We will reflect on scriptural stories, theological texts, literature, artistic expressions, and spiritual practices that can lead us to a more holistic faith. This course will invite us to reclaim the mystical aspect of the Christian tradition that is often lost among mainline Protestants.
Mondays, April 8, 15, 22, 29
Country Club Christian Church
6101 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64113
Carla Aday has served Country Club Christian Church since 1988 in various capacities, most recently as the Executive Minister in charge of administration, finance and stewardship in addition to preaching, teaching and planning. As the Senior Associate Minister from 2004-2014, her responsibilities included developing mission partnerships, adult spiritual formation, leadership development, ministry planning and staff supervision. When she was hired in 1988, she was the church’s first female minister.
Aday holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University where she was honored with the Mersick Prize for effective public address and preaching. She is an experienced teacher and trainer, holding licensing and certification with various curricula.
She has led 20 mission trips both internationally and domestically, including trips to Nicaragua and India. She is a member of the Association of Disciples Pastors in Theological Dialogue, past member of Clergy Spiritual Direction, and has previously served on the Administrative Committee and General Board for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), as Moderator of Greater Kansas City Region of the Christian Church, on the Homeland Ministries Board, as a board member of the Girl Scouts – Mid America Chapter, and as a member of the MORE2 Clergy Caucus.
Aday has served as a volunteer at Della Lamb Community Services, Argentine Middle School, Notre Dame de Sion School, Habitat for Humanity, and Marillac Center for Children. In 2017 she spent one month as a volunteer at Mediterranean Hope, a project working to address the dramatic refugee migration by sea from North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East towards Italy.
She and her husband, Dr. Dave Ehman, have three adult children, Connor Ehman, Kyle Ehman, Karmen Ehman Major, and five grandchildren.