Welcome

I opened this space in 2014 for one reason: to represent a version of Christianity that affirms all people, sees scripture as a place of serious play, and refuses to make God look like us.

My blog themes of faith, Bible, justice, and pastoring represent my primary passions. In my sermons, you will see how those themes play out within a congregational setting.

I offer this all knowing that faith is best lived out in community, rather than one-way talk. Be in touch!

About Me
I am the Senior Minister at Ames United Church of Christ, which is a member church of the United Church of Christ. We are also a member of AMOS: A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy.

I previously served as the Senior Pastor at Claremont United Church of Christ, Congregational, where I was both the first gay person in pastoral ministry at this church and the first woman to serve in the senior position.

Prior to ordained parish ministry, I served as the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and ReStore, Organizer Support at the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (a sister of AMOS), and in a variety of teaching positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

My education includes degrees in arts and letters (Portland State University), sociology (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and divinity (Chicago Theological Seminary).

I understand my own salvation, by which I mean the healing of my soul, to be completely intertwined with the liberation of oppressed peoples.

I love worship, hearing peoples’ life stories, and asking children serious questions about life. They have the best answers.

Comments Policy
My blog is intended as a space of welcome and dialogue. Both require open-heartedness and care. Both demand an open door.

However, I will close that door, meaning I reserve the right to disallow comments, if they are

  1. Rated R
  2. Mean-spirited, vindictive, or spiritually abusive (no “condemnation with love”)
  3. SPAM
  4. Too anonymous
  5. Clear violations of civil discourse or netiquette

Thank you to Bruce Reyes-Chow for his guidance on this policy.