I am eager to get to know you all at UUCV, your dreams, your hopes, the ministry you see us doing together.
I have been a parish minister for 13 years, 10 as the settled minister at Atkinson Memorial Church in Oregon City, Oregon and 3 years as an interim minister in Calgary, Alberta and Boise, Idaho. The partnership forged between minister and all three congregations brought a sense of community, mission, spiritual depth and public witness for justice to a fuller realization. We made our missteps, too, and did our best to learn from them.
I was drawn to the ministry at UUCV because from all I have seen, you “do church” so well. The experience I have gained in my first 13 years of ministry seems to fit so well the places you are poised to deepen and grow. And I suspect you have things to teach me and that my ministry will also yet deepen and grow among you. You are such a grand community, caring for one another well – with love, honesty and commitment. Yours is a powerful ministry in the wider community. I am eager to discover where this ministry together will carry us. I hope we may plumb the depth and breadth of this powerful living tradition of Unitarian Universalism, grow our spirits and, together, find ways to make the world a more just and compassionate place.
In the pages ahead, you will find more about my ministry, my gifts and passions. I suspect one or two of my foibles will come through as well.
My roots are in the Midwest and I have lived in many of North America’s great cities – Chicago, Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto, Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho. (The last may not make a top ten list of great cities, though I found it a wonderful place to live, and had great fun doing ministry in the state capital.) In previous career incarnations, I was a newspaper reporter and editor and an elementary school teacher. I bring a wealth of experience and perspectives to the ministry.