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Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2015

Retirement community’s Chaplain says his job is about ‘love’

thayer2.jpgRichard Thayer, Chaplain at Ingleside at King Farm, helps residents focus on spirituality across a variety of religions.

He works with Diana Cirone, Director of Life Enrichment, to include spiritual events in the extensive monthly calendar listings that help make this retirement community a happening place.

For example, he helped to book Professor Sathianathan Clarke of Wesley Theological Seminary, who addressed competing religious fundamentalisms in early February. Richard says Professor Clarke spoke about religion, fundamentalism and violence.

Despite his title, Thayer says his job does not focus exclusively on religion.

“It also includes connecting with the people and sinking into the community, relationships and morale—really, my job is about love,” Thayer says. “Living that kind of love is the spirit of Ingleside at King Farm.

“There is about Ingleside at King Farm a kind of energy that has to do with the spirit of IKF,” he continues. “The quality of the community is really the product of all these amazing people choosing to live actively and well. I get to be part of that.”

Thayer, who came to Ingleside at King Farm two and a half years ago, simply loves his job.

 “This place is always hopping,” he says. “As Chaplain, I get to hop along with them!”
Thayer feels he was called to serve at the community and that everything in his background prepared him for his ministry here. A graduate of Princeton Seminary, he first served at a church in Brooklyn, N.Y. From there, he went to Stanford University, where he was Assistant Dean of the Chapel. He and his family returned to the east coast when he was called to a church in Reston, Va., an ecumenical ministry of four different denominations, where he served for a decade.

Thayer, whose wife, Myra, works for Fairfax County’s public schools, then served at various churches as an interim minister and as a hospice chaplain for seven years.

After that, “I thought I was retired,” he says, “but I was called here. All of that preparation feels like it was in order to serve here right and well.”


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