Well you might as well know from the on set that I am white, I am Protestant, and I am from the resourced sector - though I have not always managed my resources as I might. and thus stumble a bit in that department. I am a child of the sixties and and still hold to the tattered hope that 'Make Love not War' is a viable way forward. I am married to a professional musician. We have three grown children and live in a very old stone house in the country two hours north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I garden. I love music of all kinds. I am concerned about the state of our collective hearts.
I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of Canada and a Spiritual Director trained in the Ignatian tradition. My training at Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, is from the Reform school of thought. My training at Regis College, TST, is from the Jesuit tradition. My studies at Claremont School of Theology are based in the United Methodist tradition that embraces all faith traditions and all those wishing to pursue the way of peace and justice for, and with, others. The Doctor of Ministry program in which I am involved is entitled, "Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership."
I currently serve two United Church of Canada congregations in southern Ontario which together are known as the Shelburne/Primrose Pastoral Charge. Primrose United Church is a small, quintessential white clapboard church located in a rural setting. If you can't bake pie, well, let's just say being able to bake a decent pie is an important asset. In the spring they host a busy plant sale and in the fall host a country concert at the local music hall. Throughout the year they cater to different community events. The church has a meditation garden that has recently joined the international Quiet Garden Movement.
The other church, Trinity United, is located in a small, but rapidly growing town that once served the farming population. We are partners with the local Farmer's Market and a venue for local concerts and theatrical productions. We host a weekly SoupHaus, ESL classes, and provide space for numerous community activities.
Trinity United Church is beginning a long term renovation project to better serve the community. 'Space and Spirit' will tells you a bit more about the congregation and their plans for the future.
As we embrace and befriend other faith traditions alongside our reform roots, Trinity United shares its worship space with a Catholic congregation, a Seventh Day Adventist congregation and a worshiping Muslim community.
My life experience is eclectic, both theologically and intellectually. I have traveled some in my life. I was raised in a nominally Christian home that was artistic in nature, valued the acquiring of knowledge and was spiritually welcoming to all people.
These are the assumptions that inform my work.