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After ten years of ministry in
congregations, I moved to Bloomington several years ago.  That has led me to new work as the Executive Director of the Shalom Community Center, serving people experiencing poverty and homelessness, and as a “minister-for-hire”, performing various religious roles, including spiritual director, wedding officiant, and Sunday speaker. 


I am an ordained Unitarian minister, having served mid-sized congregations in Monterey, California and Princeton, New Jersey.  I also have worked as an outdoor educator and wilderness guide.  Spiritually, my emphasis is not on dogma, but on a direct experience of the sacred known by many names.  I’ve worked with people from every faith tradition and belief system, including Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Naturalists, Pagans, Agnostics and Atheists.  I believe the ultimate spiritual experience is of Oneness - a deep, transformative awareness of the self as interconnected with all that is.


I graduated from Cornell University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources with an emphasis on wildlife biology.  In 1998, I completed a month-long training with the School of Lost Borders and became a vision fast guide.  In 1999, I graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry (a Unitarian seminary) with a Master’s of Divinity and was ordained as a Unitarian minister on April 16, 2000.  I am a contributing author to two books: Wrestling with Adulthood and The Seven Principles in Word and Worship.

 

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