I believe that God is in everything, every time, and every place. This belief serves as the basis for my spiritual direction practice, and my life. Through the conscious discipline of taking time to notice God's presence, one deepens and clarifies awareness of the sacred all around. With the companionship that is at the core of spiritual direction, life’s calling to greater purpose is nurtured and strengthened. As a spiritual director, I have found this to be true for those unfamiliar with any spiritual tradition or practice, as well as those who have spent days, months, or years immersed in a particular wisdom tradition. As a Supervisor for Spiritual Directors, the awareness of God’s presence, and the presence of the Spirit moving through harmony, as well as through dissonance between director and directee provides yet another experience, and dimension to the way Spirit moves in and among us.
As a chaplain at Hospice by the Bay from 2002 through 2007, I listened while people in their final days spoke of spiritual experiences, hopes, and even dreams. While these might have been expressed through a particular lens of culture and/or tradition, each expression included the deeply human need to know ourselves as part of the greater whole, part of the sacred.
In addition to my spiritual direction, and supervision practices, I have served as a liturgical leader and pastor of Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, in San Francisco, California, since 2003. I began working at Seventh Avenue as a seminary intern, and subsequently became a Parish Associate. As part of this work, I lead retreats, officiate at weddings, baptisms and memorials. Through Seventh Avenue I also serve as a small group facilitator and preacher for Companions on the Inner Way, an internationally known, five-day contemplative retreat.
My credentials include a Masters of Divinity degree, a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from the San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a certificate for Spiritual Direction Supervision through the Together In The Mystery program.