Welcome to my blog! My name is Katya Ouchakof. I am a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, currently serving a congregation in Madison, WI. The most influential chapters of my life have been spent at Camp Vermilion; Yale Divinity School; Luther College; Eugene, OR; London Colney, UK (through the Young Adults in Global Mission program); and my hometown of Madison.

This blog began as a way to share my sermons with family and friends far and wide. It continues as a vehicle for sermon-sharing, but is also a place for me to share my thoughts on the church in general, and social justice issues in particular. You will also find book reviews and (someday, hopefully) reviews of other works like movies and stage shows.

I am passionate about the outdoors, and am an ACA certified canoeing instructor. Most of the nature photos on this blog are my own. My favorite place to be is paddling a boat on the water! When I can’t do that, you’re likely to find me watching a sci-fi movie with a knitting project in hand or playing with the children in my life.

If you’d like to quote any of the writing on this blog, please attribute it to me, Rev. Katya Ouchakof, (c) 2018. If you’d like to quote anything longer than 3 sentences, please add a comment to the post to request permission.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog are my own. They do not necessarily reflect the views of my denomination or the community in which I am serving.