I hold a BA in Society & Health from Simmons College in Boston and a MA in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Currently, I am completing a PhD in Sociology, while I teach and serve as advisor to MDiv/MA students at Starr King School for the Ministry. I live in Hollywood, California and travel frequently to the San Francisco Bay Area.
As semesters unfolded as an adjunct professor and doctoral student, I realized that my vocation was ministry– to serve— not simply in research or in teaching. While I was serving as a faculty member at Starr King School for the Ministry, I decided to actively pursue ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. I completed a full-time parish internship at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego and a unit of clinical pastoral education (CPE) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. I will see the ministerial fellowship committee in March 2018.
In a similar series of realizations, I became more interested in the relationships among religion/spirituality and health as I moved along the path of ministry and scholarship in sociology. I try to bring a chaplain’s heart to my research interests in medical sociology. My doctoral dissertation project is a phenomenological study (in the Heideggerian tradition) on the religious/spiritual experiences of women of color coping with congestive heart failure.
I enjoy leading worship, supporting leaders, and providing spiritual care.