Graduated, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York Spring 2009
First Year, Divinity Student Meadville Lombard Theological School Fall 2005 (transferred)
Bachelors of Arts, Religious Studies Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, Dec. 2001
Thesis “The Spiritual Practice of Politics,” Awarded Honors
Preliminary UU fellowship: Sept. 2010, Final Fellowship Fall 2014
Ordination: Unitarian Church of All Souls, NYC, April 3, 2011
Vision of Ministry:
Grounded in an engaged Unitarian Universalist spiritual life, I seek to serve and grow visionary congregations that enable our members and friends to live joyful lives of depth and service. Energized by the collaboration of multi-staff, large church team ministry, I am an innovative organizational leader with a compassionate pastoral presence and creative spirit.
Summary of Qualifications:
- Experience in a wide range of arts of ministry capacities
- Deep understanding of theory and practice of large church urban ministry
- Adept at spiritual outreach and spirit of evangelism
- Experienced community organizer, grounded in deep respect and knowledge of diverse religious, cultural and political landscapes
- Curriculum design and development for religious education across the lifespan
- Ability to teach spiritual practice (meditation, prayer, labyrinth)
- Excellent facilitation skills for small and large groups
- Outstanding written and spoken communication and conflict resolution skills
- Exemplary administrative skills: Knowledge of organizational development, leadership and management as well as fundraising and donor relations
- Creative and meaningful rites of passage
- Training and experience in spiritual direction and pastoral counseling, specializing in mental health, relationship transitions, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, addictions, abuse and crisis care.
Ministry Experience and Work History
Assistant Minister for Congregational Life
Unitarian Church of All Souls in Manhattan
Summer 2013-present, Assistant Minister Summer 2011-Spring 2013
I was hired to serve the Unitarian Church of All Souls as Assistant Minister in the spring of 2011 and began serving in fall 2011. My ministry focuses on implementation of the 2009 All Souls Aspires Plan for Strategic Direction, including diversity and multicultural ministry. My portfolio includes preaching and worship, pastoral care, membership and hospitality, spiritual development (Small Group ministries and adult education programming), leadership development, social justice (advocacy and service), and young adults. I also supervise staff and a yearly student minister. In summer 2013, my title was changed to Assistant Minister for Congregational Life to reflect the expanded program portfolio of my ministry. My ministry portfolio has remained largely the same with a larger role in leadership and organizational development with All Souls board(s) of trustees and staff.
Interim Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth
Unitarian Church of All Souls in Manhattan
Summer 2010-Spring 2011
I was hired to serve as a one-year interim director for All Souls NYC’s Religious Education program for children and youth. During this period of time, I executed a formal interim process which used appreciative inquiry with teachers, families, youth and leadership to discover the strengths and growing edges of the program. In the year interim, I successfully prepared the Religious Education community to receive a new Director. I also served in various worship and adult religious education capacities as well.
Hallman Ministerial Intern, Unity Church Unitarian, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Fall 2009- June 2010
The Hallman Ministerial Internship position offered comprehensive ministerial preparation in the Unitarian Universalist tradition in the areas of preaching, worship and ritual leadership, stewardship, administration and governance, outreach and social justice, pastoral care and counseling, and religious education across the lifespan (children and youth, young adults, adults, elders).
Director, In Care, In Covenant Seminarian Outreach Program
Unitarian Universalist Metro-New York District
With monthly programming, education and an annual retreat, I mentor over twenty Unitarian Universalist seminarians in preparation for Unitarian Universalist ministry in the Metropolitan New York City District of the Unitarian Universalist Association, mainly at Union Theological Seminary. Fall 2014 I will teach a course in Unitarian Universalist ministerial formation at Union.
Field Education, CHAMP, Community HIV/ AIDS Mobilization Project, New York, New York
Fall 2008-Spring 2009
The Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) is a national initiative building a powerful community-based movement bridging HIV/AIDS, human rights, and struggles for social, racial and economic justice. I served as Intern working on several CHAMP initiatives, namely, developing strategic outreach to faith communities around HIV prevention, particularly focused on diminishing stigma and confronting homophobia.
Director, Unitarian Universalist Summer of Spirituality and Service
Cosponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association Young Adult and Campus Ministry Office and the Ballou Channing District
Served as the Program Director, chaplain, and primary designer/educator/ facilitator for an 8-week program for Unitarian Universalist young adults (18-24) focusing on social justice, anti-racism and diversity, Unitarian Universalist history and spiritual practices, and leadership development.
Clinical Pastoral Education
Maine Medical Center, Cancer and Neo-natal units, June 2006-August 2006
Social Science Research Council, New York, NY
Sexuality Research Fellowship Program Assistant, Aug. 2002-Aug. 2007
Administrated fellowship program through communication, promotion, organization, and research for the only US Fellowship Program with human sexuality research as a focus. Worked with a broad based group of academics, not-for-profit advocates, and activists in a variety of social science disciplines in sexuality studies, mainly sociology, psychology, public health, and history. Organized successful annual conference event, managed grant proposals with funding from Ford Foundation.