I’m delighted to be with you in Midland as your Interim Minister for the next two years, as you search for a new settled minister. I expect to be in the office during the day (usually 11:00 – 3:00) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; take Mondays off; and work at home on Fridays. I’m available to talk with you on the phone or in person, and I hope to get to know you!
So you can get to know me, I offer a bit of biography: I was introduced to Unitarian Universalism at the age of twelve or so, heard the message that there is a spark of the divine in every person, and knew that I had found my answer to the question “What religion are you?” Some years later, when my own children began asking deep religious questions, as children do, we found a Unitarian Universalist congregation. I taught Sunday school, became more and more deeply involved, and began to have an inkling of my call to ministry. I received a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2000. Most recently, I served for nine years as Minister for Congregational Life, with focus on Religious Education and Pastoral Care, at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL.
My first job was with a Japanese trading company, selling and importing reflective materials used for road signs, calculating prices to underbid competitors and explaining technical specifications to state highway engineers. After my oldest son was born, I left the “exciting world of international trade” to stay home and raise children for a while. When they were small, I worked part time doing keyline paste-up (a job, now obsolete, that involved wielding an X-acto knife and a ruler to prepare camera-ready pages for a daily newspaper under a 1:30 am deadline).
Theologically, I describe myself as a “metaphorical theist (with humanist tendencies).” Process theology comes closest to expressing my understanding of interrelatedness and mutual transformation. For me, metaphorical theism means that there is one ultimate reality, and we use different metaphors to interpret that reality. I (sometimes) use the word “god” to describe the creating, sustaining, and transforming power in and of the universe. During our time together, you’ll have an opportunity to hear more from me about these ideas!
Please be in touch! My email address is email@example.com, and my cell number is 847-840-8542. In case of a pastoral emergency, please call any time.