Ordained in 2019, I am currently in preliminary fellowship with the UUA. I am the minister of SouthWest UU Church in North Royalton, OH. I am also a candidate for a Doctor of Ministry through the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. I'm taking classes online and working on my dissertation.
An energetic mother of 3 teens and a border collie, I was brought up in the Anglican Church, where my father was a minister at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, MD. When I was a teen, my family converted to Eastern Orthodoxy and my father became the founding priest of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Linthicum, MD. After 25 years in the Eastern Orthodox Church, I found myself unfulfilled with conservative Christianity. I discovered First Unitarian Church in Baltimore in 2011, and experienced a feeling that is familiar to many UU converts: astonishment that my lifelong beliefs and philosophies were honored in this beautiful tradition.
When my son was 3 1/2 years old, he was diagnosed with autism. Because we lived near Baltimore at the time, we spent a lot of time learning about his condition from the amazing behaviorists at Johns Hopkins and Kennedy Krieger. I am so proud of my son Adam, as he has come so far and will graduate from high school in 2021!
Before seminary, I spent 5 years working at Sears, first in sales and then in management. Because of this background, I am very comfortable managing people, and equally comfortable asking them for money! (In sales lingo, I am a "strong closer.")
(For my full story, please click here to listen to my sermon titled "My Journey to Unitarian Universalism.")
A friendly extrovert, I find great joy in leading worship services. My natural agnosticism is rooted in a sincere fascination with and reverence for all religious traditions, and I have found no greater happiness in life than walking with others along their unique spiritual paths. I love all faith traditions that I have encountered thus far on my path so fully that I can't possibly choose a favorite!
My ministerial, personal, and preaching styles have been described as warm, encouraging, and thought-provoking. I am passionately committed to the UU principles, and have a lot of social justice experience around anti-racism and LGBTQ+ issues. My ideal congregation would be searching for a minister who is both an openhearted companion on the journey to spiritual wholeness as well as a joyous, energetic presence who is committed to keeping the congregation involved in, and in service to, its surrounding community.
The Ministerial Formation Committee at the UUA called me "Joyous, Warm, and Pastoral."
Please feel free to get a sense of my preaching style by visiting my sermons page.
References are provided immediately upon request. Simply email me here.