Welcome to these pages, a survey of my philosophy and experience of ministry.
I am passionate about worship. There is little that makes me happier than a well-done, transformative worship celebration. I first learned liturgy in the Roman Catholic tradition, and those rhythms remain with me. In Earth Religious communities, I learned about the value and limits of ceremonial innovation. And now, in Unitarian Universalist congregations, I light our chalice, speak our covenants, and sing our beloved hymns with joy. An inspired worship service is a work of art. Worship, along with community leadership, stewardship, teaching, and administration, is the public face of ministry.
But it is not only the public world to which I am called. Pastoral care, spiritual direction, and mentorship all have their joyful, tender places in my ministry. Pastoral care — accompanying others on their lifelong journeys — is the wellspring from which other ministry flows. Spiritual direction, that companioning of seekers on their path toward the Center of Life, enlivens my ministry.
Deeper still, my call blossoms from seeds planted in the close and holy darkness of my heart — seeds of yearning, of longing, and of seeking. These seeds have grown and continue to reach for the Light of Life more strongly every day. My desire for God, for knowledge of the Spirit that invented black holes and butterflies, for understanding of the Love that will not let me go — these are the origin and circumference of my call to religious leadership.
Time in silence before candles at dusk. Time with my journal each morning. Time singing at vespers during the weeks of Advent. These strengthen and nurture my soul for the work at hand, and bring me ever closer in love to the One who calls me to this work.
I very much look forward to the next steps of ministry we might take together.
If you have questions I haven’t answered here, or if you’d like to talk further about my ministry, you can contact me via this page.