Denominational and Volunteer Work

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

DENOMINATIONAL WORK

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.

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.

“God Talk”: A Monthly Roundtable Reclaiming Life’s Big Questions

UUCR: 2018-2019
Organizer and Facilitator
“God Talk” was a year-long adult-education program to explore and reclaim religious language, concepts, and stories. Roundtable format.

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