This week for Crossings, we’re doing a Q&A with Alex Miller, a member of CTR who serves as the Clerk on our Vestry, and teaches locally. Be on the lookout for more Community Builder Q&A’s with vestry and other members of CTR throughout the winter, and send an email to if you’d like to participate and help us build community as we get to know one another in this way 🙂 

Q: Who is your favorite Bible character & why?
A: Mary. Her incredible faith in the face of a life-shattering gift amazes me every time I think about it.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I write poetry, essays, and literary reviews for magazines like The Millions and The Curator. I got into these things because of some wonderful literature teachers. I also make my own beer and bacon, because I want to gain weight very rapidly.

Q: What is your favorite holiday & why?
A: Easter. There is a purity to Easter that has gone untouched by the American mass-marketing engine.

Q: If you could share a meal with any 3 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
A: Excluding Jesus? Oscar Wilde, Ernest Shackleton, and my wife. These three people would not understand each other at all, and the resulting conversation would be delightful.

Q: What energizes you and brings you excitement?
A: Beginning a new hobby that I will inevitably abandon.

Q. What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
A: A bar of soap, a lobster trap, and a boat. 

Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
A: English. I had enthusiastic and brilliant teachers, and the fun they were having with books proved to be contagious.

Q: Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion?
A: Men’s hats. My head is often very cold.

Q: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
A: My psychologist sisters would call me a social introvert: I love people but am recharged by solitude.

Q: What obscure thing are you talented at?
A: I was once fairly decent at sword fighting. That’s homeschool for you.

Q: If you could start a club for something silly, what would your club be about?
A: It would be a Patrick O’Brien fan club. We would all get together and pretend to know something about ships.

Q: If you were a state, which state would you be and why?
A: Denial. Because reality is overwhelming right now.

Q: Bible character you identify with the most and why?
A: Balaam’s ass. We share several key characteristics.