Personal and Family LIfe
A cat lover, avowed geek, grateful friend and partner, my hobbies and relationships bring inspiration and sustenance to my life as a minister.
I live with my wife, Virginia, and our two cats, Cinder and Jessie. Virginia and I met at a concert of a touring choir, The Ripple Effect, in which she sings tenor. The Ripple Effect brings together music and stories to inspire people to deeper connection, compassion, and love for one another. Virginia is a health educator and college instructor (mostly online) and is currently finishing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. She and I share a similar love of and orientation toward life, curiosity, and discovery.
I have a close relationship with my sister and my adorable niece and nephew. I have an extended chosen family that lives across the country and includes people I've known my entire life, since college, and since seminary. I keep in regular contact with these people.
Personal Interests and Self-Care
Stories and discovery are my primary sources of personal renewal. I enjoy a variety of activities outside of my ministry, including hiking, geocaching, and walking with the story-based game, "Zombies, Run!" I regularly play group games that require storytelling and creative interplay. I lead and participate in Pathfinder and D&D games in addition to other story-based board games. I enjoy being something of a geek and find friends most easily among geeks. I love to read and read; fiction is my primary pleasure (stories!). Science fiction is our exploration of the great dream of what is possible for humanity. I am particularly drawn to worlds like those of Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Babylon 5 in which we are still struggling with the realities of humanity but are, at the same time, learning about the best of ourselves through the eyes of others. I also read a great deal of non-fiction, constantly seeking a greater understanding of who we are as human beings.