I realize my creative, intellectual, and spiritual aspirations through a variety of modes and media, including restorative practices, nonviolence, and the arts. I have been weaving the WTR into my work, and personal and community life, since 2013, when I attended a life-changing, three-day training, with Joanna Macy, Anne Symens-Bucher, and other community members at Canticle Farm, in Oakland CA.
Along with the WTR, I find enlivening, transformative, and fruitful "art for life's sake": ethical aesthetics, theopoetics, and art/life, thanks in large part to the influence of such luminaries as Deborah J. Haynes, Linda Mary Montano, and other contemporary visionaries who attempt “to dissolve the boundaries between art and life" (Montano), sacred and secular, personal and political, process and product, and ritual and performance.
I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in theology, with an emphasis in the arts, from the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley. I have held positions in nonprofit leadership and as an instructor and director of programs in educational settings - forums that challenge as well as keep real, meaningful, and concrete my training and interests.
My quest is one of meaning: What is the relationship between our experience and our reflections on and expressions of our experience? How does our understanding of this relationship bear on our sense of personal, social, and environmental responsibility?
Foremost, I am committed to formal and informal communities of makers, seekers, and learners as creative agents for transformation, liberation, and flourishing.