Ministry is a second career. I came to it by way of ecology and conservation biology. I found religion by way of experiences that opened me to a sense of something more – you might call it mystery beyond knowing. I found a home in Unitarian Universalism because of its traditions of freedom to frame and understand that mystery in ways that fit personal experience and connect with larger wisdom.
And now over the years, the Unitarian Universalist traditions have given me the tools I need to find my way in a religious landscape. I understand religion not to be a set of particular beliefs but an orientation – an orientation for life. A good bumper sticker that has probably already been done might read: “Unitarian Universalism – Religion for Life.” Our congregation offers help and hope, comfort and challenge.
I have been in professional ministry for 20 years. I have a master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Utah. I was the director of Protection Planning and Stewardship for the Florida Office of the Nature Conservancy and for three years after divinity school. I worked as Assistant Director of the Red Hills Conservation Association. I served two years as Interim Minister in Tampa Florida and am now in my 17th year as minister here in Hendersonville.
I am the proud parent of a daughter who is a freshman in college. For recreation I enjoy outdoor activities, paddle sports in particular and I have stepped back onto the path of a long, late-in-life journey of learning to play the guitar.