Audra Hudson is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Seattle District of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference in the United States. She was commissioned in August 2016.
The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.
Global Mission Fellows in the United States work through geographic or organizational affiliates, such as the Seattle District. Audra is a community organizer for Tacoma Community House, a more than 100-year-old institution providing educational, employment, immigration, and advocacy services in the Puget Sound area. The ministry was founded in 1907 by the Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church and has welcomed successive generations of refugees in addition to providing programs for Tacoma. Audra helps to expand community outreach.
Audra is from Howell, Michigan, where she is a member of the First United Methodist Church in the Detroit Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. For six months in 2014 and 2015 she took part in the “People, Ecology and Development Study Abroad Program” of the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Audra has worked as an interfaith intern in the Kalamazoo College Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and, earlier, as an assistant teacher of the Children’s Care Center of the First Presbyterian Church of Howell.
Audra grew up in The United Methodist Church and in a strongly church-related family, including on her mother’s side many clergy across the generations. “Family,” she says, “has shaped and continues to shape my relationship with God and the call to love others through justice work…This faith was amended and strengthened by introductions to academic theology, which afforded me language to express my passion for and call to justice.”
Her call to mission was influenced by social justice theory and contemplative prayer. She believes Christians are called to engage in “mutual liberation” with one another—not in power-dynamic service to or for—one another. Love is shown by addressing injustices and failing to meet that goal “means we fail to love as we’ve been commanded.”
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