A Trauma Chaplain walking the Way of Jesus.
For 25 years, I have worked as a spiritual care provider in Level One Trauma Center, hospice, inpatient and outpatient mental health, parish, and war zone settings. On this blog, I attempt to share the gifts I have received from the patients, families, and colleagues with whom I have worked.
I am grew up in Marion, Ohio and have lived for periods of time in New England, South Carolina and now Minnesota. I hold degrees from Oberlin College and Harvard Divinity School. A formative experience of my life was living for 18 months in Israel-Palestine as a fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and contract employee for the Lutheran World Federation/Department of World Service.
I am an ordained minister in the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ, an Oblate of St. Benedict at St. Paul’s Monastery in St. Paul, MN, and a member of Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Minneapolis. I find that the Way of Jesus is wonderfully described by Flannery O’Connor: And you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you odd.”
I have changed all of the details of the stories in this blog to protect the confidentiality of patients and families. This blog in no way reflects any of the opinions or positions of my employers, present or past; they are my own.