Writer. Musician. Speaker. Consultant. Spiritual Director. I wear a lot of different hats! With a B.A. in communication studies and music, I spent my twenties working as a graphic designer by day while performing across the country as a singer-songwriter by night. In my thirties I embarked on a quest to become a total nerd, moving to New York City to earn my master's degree (M.Div.) in "Theology & the Arts" from Union Theological Seminary, working as a library archivist for Columbia University while pursuing advanced research in comparative religion, spirituality, psychology, theology, art, music, and cultural criticism.
For the past 15 years, my heart has been rooted in and guided by the ancient pathways of contemplative Christianity. My passion is to help unleash the healing and life-giving Spirit of creativity, imagination, and play that is present within the heart of each and every person. My broad training as a spiritual director allows me to draw on a variety of modalities, both ancient and modern, to support people in their journey of integration and discernment. Through classes, workshops, and retreats, I offer unique and customizable opportunities for spiritual formation and adult arts education that integrate science, sociology, and spirituality in ways that help participants feel more connected to themselves, one another, and the Divine.
Through my academic writing, preaching, and most recently my blog, I explore the intersections of religion, myth, pop culture (particularly film), science, and psychology, and music. My writing seeks to challenge many of the blind spots and assumptions of our modern Western culture, while building bridges of understanding between disparate communities and cultures. I especially delight in helping people and institutions bridge the gap between their "sacred" or "spiritual" experiences, and the seemingly mundane moments of everyday "secular" life.
On a professional level, photography supplements my graphic design work, which includes printed promotional materials, social media content, and web design (including this website!). My goal in this work is always to capture the essence of people, places, and organizations at their best.
More broadly though, I love looking at the world through the lens of the camera, trying to capture the experience of a moment or the feeling of place within one small frame. It is one of my favorite creative challenges and joys. Especially when traveling, the lens offers an invitation to see beauty in the ordinary world around me, helping to spot glimpses of the holy, which are truly all around us if we only have "eyes to see."
This gallery offers a collection of some of my favorite images, taken from my work and travels around the world. Check out my Travel Page for a more extensive portfolio. Thanks so much for stopping by my page!