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I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and currently serve as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Justice. Previously, I served as the MountainTop Movement Building Consultant at Auburn Seminary, as Interim Executive Director for PFund Foundation, as Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, Interim National Coordinator for the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns, as pastor of Spirit of the Lakes United Church of Christ and as Program Staff for the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence.

I am the author of the forthcoming book, Called to be Lovers in the Name of God: (In)queering the Body of Christ, and of To Do Justice: A Study of Welcoming Congregations, A Time to Build Up: Analysis of the No on Proposition 8 Campaign and Its Implications for Future Pro-LGBTQQIA Religious Organizing, Preventing Sexual Abuse:  A Course of Study for Teenagers (Pilgrim Press, 1996) as well as numerous articles and sermons which have appeared in such journals as Spirit Currents, The Journal of Religion and Abuse, Creating Change and Parenting for Peace and Justice.  I am a faith-based relational organizing trainer as well as workshop presenter on a wide variety of faith-based justice issues.  I am a graduate of Earlham College, Yale Divinity School and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

I am a theologian, pastor and organizer who names myself as a Christian Universalist, by which I mean that I was raised and have been shaped by the Christian tradition and it is my home.  However, I believe there are many truths about God and the Divine in All Things.  I hold a deep reverence for Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and pagan and Wiccan traditions.  Particularly as I have worked for sexual and gender justice, I have learned much from my multi-faith colleagues-- about love, about life and  about the Sacred in our midst.

As a way to balance my spiritual life, I am also a runner, hiker, biker and avid community-builder, spending time with friends and family as often as I can.  In the past few years I  have begun to grow organic vegetables and delight in cooking food harvested from my garden for our friends and family.  My partner, Maggie, and I are parents of Shannon MacKenzie, our eight year-old daughter.

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Nov 26, 2015

Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there....If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night’, even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.

Psalm 139 is one of my favorite hymns of faith. I return to it time and time again: for my own prayer time, for worship and, especially, when I don’t know where else to go.

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