Ingrid Sanden
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About Me

Hi, I'm Ingrid. I have been a member of Fairlington for about 7 years. I have some experience with social networks, websites, writing, and design. I think Fairlington is a special place with some amazing people doing spectacular things - so why not take Fairlington's presence online? I've been working on this site for several months and hope you feel as excited and motivated as I do to share the Fairlington spirit with those outside our doors.


I have two daughters and a husband, and we live in Arlington, VA.

Ingrid Sanden's Blog

Methodism's Split Over Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 10:08am 1 Comment

I didn't get a chance to read much of the Sunday New York Times yesterday, but I was scanning it over breakfast today and ran across this story:

Caught in Methodism's Split Over Same-Sex Marriage

I find this story fascinating because not only is it theological, it's also personal. The man featured in the article, Rev. Dr. Thomas…


A family in need...

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 9:18pm 1 Comment

Hi friends - Jon's best buddy from middle and high school in Fairmont is very sick, as is his wife. Their daughter, Jodie, has been taking care of them both - and herself - for a long time. She is 15. The family needs help. It's Thanksgiving week and many of us are so blessed - please read Jodie's story and consider helping in whatever way you can.

Thank you

Grace in the Face of Sadness

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 9:28pm 0 Comments

My friend Trish's husband, David, wrote a blog post a few months ago when it was clear she was going to lose her battle with cancer. He describes telling his daughters their mother was going to die. Trish wasn't sure about her relationship with God. She said she hoped there was an afterlife, and that she believed in magic. I guess that's what we all hope for - a little magic, or peace, or grace as we are facing our last days on earth. And David, in the face of unimaginable sadness, showed…


Wrestling with the weeds

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

I have really enjoyed the sermon series this month (the Parable of the Weeds and various ways to understand the story and it's meaning). It took me three sermons to get some sort of grasp on what the parable is trying to say and when I left church last Sunday, I thought maybe I understood. My understanding is that basically, if you rip out the weeds (the evil) while the good seed is growing (the good) then you wreck everything. There is no good left because by ripping up the weeds, you rip…


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At 8:30pm on July 19, 2012, Sarah Allen said…

Hi Ingrid,

I was glad to read your blog and know a little about you. I prefer to meet people in person and think maybe I met you a few weeks ago. I actually visited again after attending a few times quite a while ago. I bought the Amy Ogden book and planned to attend after speaking to the pastors 2 weeks ago and I guess I thought I might hear from someone and did not. I have made a few attempts to connect, but just has not happened.

I really like what Fairlington has to offer and would like to attend somewhere where I can get more connected.

Sarah Allen

At 12:33pm on June 7, 2012, Jenna Adams said…

Hi Ingrid!!  Working on getting the youth and youth parents moved over to the website as our main form of communicating information.  I got the groups all set up but have a question -- it looks like parents (or any members) need to be my friends before I can specifically send them an invitation to join the group.  Is that right?  Just checking and making sure that I'm not missing anything -- it's not a problem since they should all accept my friend requests anyway!!! =) 

At 4:09pm on October 28, 2011, Jenna Adams said…
Thanks Ingrid!  We have a lock-in tonight, so there will be more pictures soon!!
At 9:24pm on October 5, 2011, Jill Herndon said…
So good!  the new header.  Off to rest with a grin in my spirit.
At 9:10am on October 2, 2011, Jill Herndon said…

Here is my new welcome message for new members:

Welcome to your new online community in its Prototype version.

There are several ways to move around this site: the Navigation Bar up at the top just under the church name, the Main Page and links from there to current activity, and once you have created activity of your own then here on this page on the left side under your photo area is your log from which you can return to places you have been.


As a community, we are gathering to talk about this experience in the Forums, in several categories of general discussions, and areas of interest to the four volunteer teams.


The collective experience is still in its beginning phase, with more formally organized evaluation work to follow, with a written report and recommendations for implementation to the wider church community.


Just opened a "Welcome Cafe" in the Groups area -- have not moved in the furniture yet and you need to bring your own coffee -- for a friendly place to start being here in community.  As it is created, we can be thinking too towards the day that space would be public to the Internet, and bring some fellowship to the online introductions that invite and engage strangers to come to church in person and former members to reconnect.

Here is the link to jump to it, and join the group. Note that only church site members can join to interact in a Group, but the public can read and see what is there -- like the video lounge.

At 3:26pm on September 29, 2011, Jill Herndon said…
I realized that the "social" part of this is slow to get going, and that everyone has a different "social" style.  So I started a "Welcome Cafe" group as exactly that -- a social place for people to go to be welcomed and see who else shows up and welcome them in turn.  I'd like to keep it going as new people are invited in. "Hi -- my name is ... and I am here to ..."    Join me?
At 7:42pm on September 28, 2011, Jill Herndon said…
What a lovely new header.  Great experimentation.
At 10:50am on August 20, 2011, Jenna Adams said…

Thanks Jill -- I need to play around with the settings a bit and check that out.  I think it will be a great asset to be able to choose how public things are.  It will also make a big difference (specifically for the youth, youth parents, and youth supporters) to be able to have people who are not members read a blog -- not comment or add material, but be able to read it.  Could be great for outreach.


Thank you for your help!

At 1:00pm on August 15, 2011, Jill Herndon said…

HI Jenna,


I'm Jill.  I am a friend of your new project here and working with Ingrid.  There can be many answers to your question and the Prototype website is a little more private than "later". So let me turn this around: what do you want to be able to do; what do you not want to happen?


And have you see the "Settings" link just under your Sign Out link at the top right hand of the page?  If it is a personal blog item, you have controls to say how public something will be to people visiting this site, and if the URL will appear on an Internet search engine. No one who is not a member can comment or add material to your blog, but depending on the settings you choose they will or will not be able to see it.

At 6:50pm on August 3, 2011, Jenna Adams said…

Hi Ingrid -- if I post a blog and then copy and paste the link elsewhere (on my facebook, in an email, etc), can people who are not members of this site then click on it and read it?   For example, if I were to use my blog to post about youth matters, could I then allow the youth (and others who may be interested) to access the blog through the link, or would they need to become members of this site in order to read things posted here?


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Responding with Reluctance

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