Arocha ordained as pastor |

Arocha ordained as pastor

Aspen Times Staff Report

Linda Marie Arocha of Carbondale received her certificate of ordination as an interfaith minister from The New Seminary in New York City on Jan 16.

Rev. Arocha moved to the Aspen area in 1978. She was employed by Fitzgerald Real Estate and also worked for Sport Obermeyer. Formerly Linda Metcalf, she performed at the Crystal Palace Dinner Theater in Aspen for nine years.

After leaving the Crystal Palace, she began studying for the ministry at Duke Divinity in North Carolina. She spent three years there before transferring to The New Seminary in 1998.

Arocha served the Basalt Methodist United Church as an associate local pastor for seven years until she decided to search for deeper understanding and fulfillment through other faiths and rituals.

Rev. Arocha is currently pastor for the Marble Community Church and has been leading services there weekly since December 1997, after leading services on a substitute basis for more than four years.

The Marble Community Church building was built in Aspen in 1886 and moved to Marble in 1908. It has provided sanctuary for various denominations – Episcopal, Congregational and Catholic – and as a meeting place for other groups.

Services are now being held in Marble throughout the winter for the first time since 1991. Interfaith/Christian services are offered every Sunday at 10 a.m.; everyone is invited.

For more information call 963-8613.

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