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Professional and Educational Experience

Formal Higher Education

Bachelor of Arts, History
University of Georgia, 1988. Curriculum included general undergraduate courses with an emphasis on analytical thought and writing. Major course work in the history program focused upon understanding the history of different regions and nations.

Master of Divinity
Meadville/Lombard Theological School, A Unitarian Universalist seminary affiliated with the University of Chicago Divinity School, 1997. General seminary education including the following courses:

  • Arts of Ministry I: Professional Leadership
  • Arts of Ministry II: The Public Church
  • Arts of Ministry III: Preaching and Worship
  • Preaching the Occasional Sermon
  • Communication Arts
  • Church and Religious Education Administration
  • Pastoral Care and the Liberal Church
  • The Philosophy of Liberal Religious Education
  • Religious Education and the Changing Family
  • Western Religious Traditions before 1500
  • Western Religious Traditions after 1500
  • Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures
  • Introduction to the Christian Scriptures
  • Theologies of the Liberal Church
  • Theological Reflection and Summation
  • Unitarian Universalist History and Polity
  • The Radical Reformation
  • English Unitarianism
  • Religion and Democracy
  • Medical Ethics and the Humanities
  • Eco-Spirit: Environment and Theology
  • Man Soul: Men's Spirituality
  • Japanese Religion and the Arts
  • Introduction to Theravada Buddhism
  • Religion and African-American Literature

Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling
Neumann University, a Roman Catholic institution in the Franciscan tradition. With a graduation date of 2016, my coursework has included:

  • Theological Reflection
  • Theoretical Orientation
  • Counseling Ethics
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Research Methodology
  • Stages of Faith
  • Psychopathology
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Personality and Development
  • Anger Management

Professional Experiences

  • Historic Preservationist, Chattanooga Area Regional Council of Governments (an urban planning organization), Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1988–1992.
  • Clinical Pastoral Education, Pediatric AIDS Clinic, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, Summer 1994.
  • Ministerial Internship, Countryside Church, U.U., Palatine, Illinois, 1995–1996
  • Interim Ministry, First Congregational Parish, Unitarian, Petersham, Massachusetts, March 1998–March 1999.
  • Ministry, First Unitarian Congregational Society of Wilton Center, Wilton, New Hampshire, September 1999–2001.
  • Interim Ministry, First Church of Christ, Unitarian, in Lancaster, Massachusetts, 2001–2002.
  • Interim Ministry, High Street U.U. Church, Macon, Georgia, 2002–2004.
  • Interim Ministry, Unitarian Fellowship of West Chester, Pennsylvania 2004–present.
  • Interim Ministry, Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Collegeville, Pennsylvania 2006–2007.
  • Consulting Ministry, Dorothea Dix Unitarian Universalist Community, 2006–2010.
  • Consulting Ministry, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, 2008–2010.
  • Interim Ministry, Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek, 2010–present.
  • Interim Ministry, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, 2012–2013.
  • Consulting & Interim Ministry, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lower Bucks, 2013–2014.
  • Interim Ministry, First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon County, 2014–2016.

Additional Training, Seminars, Workshops:

  • Prayer Workshop, Central Midwest District, First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 1993.
  • Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop, Central Midwest District, Meadville/Lombard Theological School, 1995.
  • Anti-racism Workshop, Unitarian Universalist Church of Evanston, Illinois, 1996.
  • Dealing with Death and Dying Issues Workshop for Seminarians, Meadville/Lombard Theological School, 1993.
  • Conflict Management Training, Hyde Park Cluster Community Clinical Pastoral Education Program, 1994.
  • New Movements in Biblical Archaeology, Foundation for Biblical Research, Charlestown, New Hampshire, 2000.
  • Conflict and Interpersonal Relationships Seminar for Clergy, Alban Institute, San Francisco, California, 2000.
  • Exegetical Homiletics Classes for Clergy, Foundation for Biblical Research, Charlestown, New Hampshire, 2000–2001.
  • Interim Ministry Basic Training, UUA, 2001.
  • Managing Group Dynamics and Meetings Effectively, Alban Institute, Maryland, 2001.
  • Accredited Interim Ministry Training, Interim Ministry Network, 2004.
  • "Raising the Roof" Seminar, Alban Institute, 2004.
  • "Preaching As If You Mean It," Intensive Class taught by William Schultz,
    Meadville/Lombard Theological School, Summer 2009.
  • "Emotional Intelligence in Congregations" Interim Minister's Guild Training, 2014.

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Affiliations and Volunteer Activities:

  • Member, Unitarian Universalist Minister's Association, 1993–present.
  • Member, Liberal Religious Educator's Association, 1994–1997.
  • Member, Chicago Area Liberal Ministers, 1995–1996.
  • Member, Mass. Bay Unitarian Universalist Minister's Association, 1997.
  • Member, New Hampshire/Vermont U.U. Minister's Association, 1999–2001.
  • Member, Clara Barton District U.U. Minister's Association, 2001–2002.
  • Member, Joseph Priestley District U.U. Minister's Association, 2004–present.
  • Elected Student Representative, Admissions Committee, Meadville/Lombard Theological School, 1992–1994.
  • Secretary, Meadville/Lombard Chapter, International Association for Religious Freedom, 1994–1995.
  • Volunteer, AIDS Pastoral Care Network of Chicago, 1994–1995.
  • Member, Religious Association of Palatine, 1995–1996.
  • Member, ex officio, Petersham Ecumenical Council, 1998–1999.
  • Member, Monadnock Interfaith Clergy Group, 1999–2001.
  • Member, Main Street Design Committee, Wilton, New Hampshire, 1999–2001.
  • Secretary, Wilton Heritage Commission, Wilton, New Hampshire, 2001–2002.
  • Member, Guild of Unitarian Universalist Interim Ministers, 2002–2007, 2010–present.
  • Volunteer, Homefront meal deliveries to the homeless, 2007–present.
  • Member, Bordentown Ministerium, 2006–present.
  • Trustee, Joseph Priestley District Board of Trustees, 2007–2009.

Adult's and Children's Religious Education:

  • Certified instructor for the About Your Sexuality curriculum, 1996.
  • Taught 4th graders on occasional Sundays, Countryside Church, 1995–1996.
  • For Countryside Church adults I taught classes in Unitarian and Universalist history and led a reading group in Our Chosen Faith, a book by John Buhrens and F. Forrester Church which examines theological and philosophical movements within Unitarian Universalism.
  • At King's Chapel, 1997–1998, I led a discussion group using The Bible Workbench, a curriculum examining the lectionary through the Jungian idea of the archetypes. I also taught a course on the life and writings of Meister Eckhart.
  • At First Congregational Parish, Unitarian in Petersham, Massachusetts I set up the children's religious education program, 1999.
  • At First Unitarian Congregational Society of Wilton Center, New Hampshire I led a reading group in studying and discussing God: A Biography by Jack Miles and a Lenten reading and discussion group covering the Gospel of Mark, and a series of short meditation and conversation groups using the UUA's Evensong curriculum.
  • At the First Church in Lancaster, Massachusetts I led a reading and discussion group on the subject of Islam and also one on Our Chosen Faith.
  • At High Street U.U. Church I led an adult group in a course built around spirituality and the Myers-Briggs typology and led New Members classes.
  • At the Unitarian Fellowship of West Chester I led a class in Unitarian history and led New Members classes.
  • At the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek I led a class in Unitarian history and new member's classes.

Hobbies, Interests:

  • Like to go for hikes in the woods or along the seashore.
  • Playing Scrabble and poker.
  • Surfing the internet.
  • Enjoy listening to classical music and attending concerts.
  • My wife and I enjoy going to art and history museums.
 

 

In 2012 I responded to a calling to a different form of ministry when I entered the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling program at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. The CACREP-certified program integrates training in mental health counseling with spirituality. I fulfilled the academic requirements by taking night classes while working full-time as an interim minister. During my Practicum I worked as counselor in two men's homeless shelters in Philadelphia. For the internship I have worked as a counselor at an outpatient drug and alcohol rehab facility in Collingswood, New Jersey. Graduation from the program should be in the Spring of 2017. I hope to bring the deeper insight gained from pastoral counseling to the life of the congregations I serve.

 
 

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