Dr. Sharon Schulze graduated with a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in December 2016 after working for 25 years in science, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education. Her work in STEM education was focused primarily on securing resources and support for students and teachers who are underrepresented in STEM fields. That concern for marginalized populations has been magnified as she seeks to understand how communities hold together to support people physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Sharon is also an avid weaver and delights in working in an art form that is all straight lines and right angles. Currently serving a year-long pastoral internship at St. Philip Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC, Sharon is listening carefully to learn where the spirit will send her next.
Rev. Cely Chicurel is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and part of a very artistic family. Her parents, Joel and Eleanor Carter, encouraged her early on to pursue a career in teaching and the arts. She spent many hours in the family kitchen working with clay and, before too long, was showing her wares at Carolina Friends School and Apple Chill art fairs. Her formal education includes art and design at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cely holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University with a major in pottery and weaving. She has completed further study at Penland and Arrowmont schools of arts and crafts. Cely’s love of nature and the created world is joined with an interest in using the imagination to create fun, new worlds. For more than 30 years, she has made and sold pottery creations, castles, and fantasy creations. Although production pottery is no longer part of her activities, Cely still has a passion for teaching and sharing her love of pottery and the arts as a means of self-expression. In 2001, Cely received a Master of Christian Ministry degree from Duke Divinity School and has added a new dimension of art and spiritual retreat to her growing list of offerings.