Denominational and Volunteer Work

This page outlines some of my work supporting Unitarian Universalist institutions, traditions, and values.

DENOMINATIONAL WORK

Ordained to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry

February 2020

Granted Preliminary Fellowship by the UUA

September 2019

Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston

2017-2019
Intern Minister
Led services monthly, including planning worship, music, liturgy, and sermon. Other duties included pastoral care, weddings, memorial services, rites-of-passage, and more.

“God Talk”: Reclaiming the Language of Reverence

UUCR: 2018-2019
UUCF: 2019-2020
Organizer and Facilitator
“God Talk” is an adult-education program to explore and reclaim religious language, concepts, and stories. Roundtable format.

Beloved Conversations

UUCR: 2018-2019
Organizer and Facilitator
“Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race & Ethnicity” is an 8-week program to explore anti-racism developed by the Fahs Collaborative at Meadville-Lombard.

Racial Justice “World Café”

UUCR: 2018
Organizer and Facilitator
To set up “Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race & Ethnicity”, we organized a half-day workshop for the congregation to explore anti-racism and what that might mean and could look like in church, in the neighborhood, and in the world.

Racial Justice Task Force

UUCR: 2017-2019
Organizer
Board-commissioned exploration of options for Racial Justice work in the church and local community. Led directly to the “World Café” and to “Beloved Conversations”.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick

2016-2018
Board of Trustees
Management of church budget and mission. Special projects taken up included bylaws rewrite and a transition to “Policy-Based Governance”.

Judaism for Unitarian Universalists

2017
Organizer/Co-Lead
Partnered with a rabbi colleague to deliver an online workshop for UU seminarians to explore and explain the beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick

2015-2016
Adult Spiritual Education Coordinator
Registration, resources, and advertisement of adult spiritual education courses held at or through UUCF.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick

2014-2016
Worship Associate
Church service setup and service liturgist, including chalice lighting and extinguishing, meditation and prayer.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Spring 2018
Pre-Launch Organizer
Organized and led local fundraising and awareness-raising event in Frederick, MD for the Maryland Poor People’s Campaign, in lead-up to the events of the Spring Action calendar.

Reston PRIDE

2017-2018
Organizer and Logistics Chair
In June 2017, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston hosted the first-ever regional LGBTQI+ Pride event. We created and led a coalition of local area churches and businesses, recruited over 30 regional exhibitors, organizations, and groups to come and celebrate our area diversity.

Charles E Smith Life Communities at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

Summer 2017
Chaplain Intern
Charles E. Smith Life Communities offers the only Jewish-themed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. It is also one of a few CPE programs in the area specializing in long-term care. The internship focused on elder-care chaplaincy, palliative care chaplaincy, bereavement counseling, and more.

The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs

2016-2017
Volunteer
On-site duties included client interviews and service matching for local at-risk clients seeking financial assistance with medications, heating, electricity, security deposit, evictions, and more.

DENOMINATIONAL/MINISTRY WORKSHOPS

    • White Male UU Clergy Discussion Group on Feminism & Anti-Racism, 2019
    • Insight Meditation, 2017-2019
    • Weddings 101: Liturgy and Ceremony, 2019
    • Weddings 102: Working with Couples & Vendors, 2019
    • Weddings 2.0: Revamp & Refresh, 2019
    • Ministerial Formation Network, 2017-2018
    • Memorial Services 101, 2018
    • Racial Justice Workshop, UUCR, 2017
    • Preventing Clergy Misconduct, The Religious Institute, 2017
    • The Shared Pulpit, 2014

JUSTICE WORK & SOCIAL ACTION

    • SURJ Frederick, 2019
    • Climate Strike Boston, 2019
    • Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, 2018-2019
    • Women’s March 2017, 2018, 2019
    • March for Our Lives, 2018
    • 5th Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting at NRA Headquarters, 2017