pastoral & consensus ministries
After my ordination in 1991, I formed Free Catholic Apostolate of the Redeemer (1991-1995) (later renamed the ecumenical apostolate of the resurrection) in order to support and facilitate ministries for myself and others in interfaith contexts. For many years, the Apostolate has held worship services at nursing homes and retirement facilities in the East Bay.
In 1991 I organized the Concord, CA chapter of Fundamentalists Anonymous (1991-1993), a support group for people recovering from abusive religious experiences. For the next two years the group hosted people from backgrounds as diverse as Hare Krishnas and Pentacostals. We met twice monthly to discuss our feelings, fears and recovery, honoring our experiences and supporting each other's spiritual journeys, even as we were departing from our traditions of origin.
In 1993 several of us from the FA group, along with friends from the Creation Spirituality staff and elsewhere formed the Berkeley Celebration Circle (1993-1995). We used Matthew Fox's Original Blessing as a lectionary, and slowly we began to explore what it meant to be in healthy, interfaith spiritual community.
After two years of working with the Celebration Circle, I discerned a need within myself to do spiritual recovery work around the Christian tradition, and organized the first of several "masses" that would later become the Festival of the Holy Names (1996-1999). The Festival began holding weekly services in the summer of 1996, and most of the members of the Celebration Circle continued to worship at the Festival, which also drew members from the nearby Graduate Theological Union. The Festival sought to take what we had learned about consensus community and holistic theology and apply it to our native tradition, Chrstianity. We re-wrote the mass, and interwove circle-dances and more traditional liturgical elements into a service that was both unique and deeply meaningful.
In 1994 I began my ministry at Grace North Church This is a unique parish that is consensus in leadership, liturgical in worship, and interfaith in teaching. One day I picked them out of the phone book, went to a service here, stayed for their quarterly business meeting and was so impressed with this worship and learning community's consensus form of government, I stayed and have been here ever since! It is at once excentric, loving, and profound. One of the most unusual churches I have ever seen, let alone been honored to be a part of. In 2010 I became the senior pastor, and still serve there.
In 2013 I began as interim pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Oakland, CA.
The Pacific Church News (1997-2005), the magazine of the Episcopal Diocese of California, where I served as managing editor, and did layout and graphic design. This ministry allows me to stay connected to the Episcopal church, for which I have great fondness. The PCN magazine is news-oriented and directly focused on the ministries and parishes in the Bay Area.
Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction (1997-2003) is the journal produced by spiritual directors international. I was privileged to serve as editor for over five years, and have always been grateful to SDI for introducing me to the wonderful ministry of spiritual direction. An excellent journal.
Ceation Spirituality Magazine (1989-1995) was the brainchild of Mattew Fox. I served as Editorial Assistant, Managing Editor, and finally Editor. A beautiful, popular magazine of social and environmental justice wth interfaith values.
Grace Institute for Religious Learning (1994-present). This is the teaching arm of grace north church. I have taught classes on process theology, the book of revelation, the gospel of thomas, the gospel of mary magdelene, and the gospel of philip.
Santa Clara University (2012-present). I teach in the Pastoral Ministries program.
Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministry (2004-present). I currently teach world religions, interfaith theology, and spiritual direction at this school in Berkeley, CA. This is a unique interfaith seminary that ordains chaplaincs for interfaith ministry, and also offers certificate programs in spirituality and ministry. I serve as director of the interfaith spiritual direction certificate program.
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (2005-2013) I served as Assistant Director of the Master's Degree in Spiritual Guidance Program, and also taught World Religions.
John F. Kennedy University (2007-2011). As adjunct faculty, I taught Christian Mysticism and World Religions.
My ordination was in 1991 at the hands of the Most. Rev. Timothy Barker of the International Free Catholic Communion, a small denomination in the Old Catholic sucession. For many years I was associated with the Benedictine Network (White Robed Monks of St. Benedict), which provides sacramental services for people of all faith traditions, and specializes in ministering to those who are for one reason or another disenfranchised from their faith communities. I am also a founding member of the Order of Holy Wisdom (ohs), a consensus Old Catholic order with a charism of teaching and spiritual guidance--I resigned from this position in 2012. In 2012 I was installed as a United Church of Christ pastor, and this is now my only ecclesial affiliation.