Scott Colburn Scott
has worked at Uncommon Grounds since coming to the Café for a seminary class in
2007. He is a poet and playwright whose works range from a musical of the Book
of Esther to a one-man show about George Washington's dentures. Scott has
worked in many bookstores, and owned a used book store, Stone Soup Books, in
suburban Baltimore, before moving to Pittsburgh. He is a former member of
the Joyful Noise Christian Community, an intentional community comprised of the
staff of an arts center outside Baltimore. He is passionate about
community and the use of the arts in evangelism, learning and worship. He
enjoys bicycling, reading and hiking. Scott helps lead the Church In The
Margins, a Saturday night service of food and fellowship at the Café. He
also co-leads a longtime Bible study at the county jail.
My life in the Quip…..by Nancy O'Leary
The first time I was living in Aliquippa I had moved from
Virginia when I was in training for Church Army and left Aliquippa to minister
out west.I moved back to Aliquippa a
second time to minister at the café, and I presently operate the Urban Farm
located on Spring Street.
I grew up outside of Boston in a middle class neighbor
comprised of mostly Irish and Italians.I knew just about everyone in my neighborhood.There was a real sense of community.I can say that I get the same experience in
Aliquippa in that there is a real sense of community and faith.Where ever I go, I can always find a friend.
It feels just like home. However, being a part of a community, it also
means that there are no secrets – both good and bad. I have had more than a few good laughs at some
the stories that are told and, for other stories, I listened to the sense of
loss, hurting and struggle. Although
people here are often struggling, the faith of the community always reflects
the sense that there is hope in God who can bring change no matter how bad
things seem to be.
Aliquippa is a diverse faith-filled community.People have lived here almost all their lives
and, often, the grandparents or parents helped build the city or worked in in
the mills.They have seen it all.The people here are warm, friendly and
sometimes a bit “over the top” but it’s all in good fun.Everyone knows each other, helps and watches
out for each other. I have not felt afraid at any point, day or
night, and my neighbors are always looking out for me.One time, I didn’t tell them that I would be
away for a few days and they all got on my case for not telling anyone!
I did not grow up in Aliquippa but I was called here, and
it’s been wonderful.
Herb and Angel Bailey
Herb and Angel Bailey became involved in the work of reconciliation even before they met and married in 1998. They have been faithful to carry the message of reconciliation through many different venues, not limited to para-church ministries like Rocketown Youth Services and Christ in Youth. Herb worked as the Arts and Assimilation Pastor in Nashville until he heard the call from God in November of 2013 to come be part of the ministry at Uncommon Grounds Café. At that time Herb assumed the role of Ministry Director, with Angel providing administrative support.
They have three daughters, the oldest (Sierra) is married and the two younger ones (Malkyah and Amara) are artists in their own respects. The arts have been very welcome in the house as the girls have grown up and the voice that the artist uses to speak is a necessary part of society. Dancing in the house along with art parties are a staple in the Bailey home.
The Bailey’s role is to encourage the partnerships that continue to occur through the work of the café as well as oversee the overall operations of the ministry. Herb and Angel bring to bear the call to be “agents of reconciliation” in all of their interactions with those both inside and outside of the café. The call of 2 Corinthians 5:20 rings true:So we are ambassadors who represent Christ. God is negotiating with you through us. We beg you as Christ’s representatives, “Be reconciled to God!”