I am a Unitarian Universalist minister and a singer and songwriter. I was born and raised in Redlands, CA, where I participated in a youth circus, choirs, and musical theater.
I was a high school exchange student in Sweden, and went on to earn both the B.A. and M.A. degrees in Scandinavian Languages and Literature. I married my long-time Swedish friend and sweetheart, Anders Hornblad, in Sweden in 1985. My translations and renditions of songs by the Swedish troubadour, Evert Taube, have earned acclaim from academics and audiences alike.
Some years ago, I began writing my own songs. I write from my experiences at the intersection of creativity, psychology and spirituality. For me, singing and songwriting are contemplative and creative practices that foster and inspire wholeness and a deepening connection to the spirit of life and love. I delight in sharing my music, and have recorded four CDs.
My call to ministry came, and was nourished, in my home congregation, First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin. I earned the Master of Divinity degree at Andover-Newton Theological School in Massachusetts, and was ordained to the UU ministry in 2009.
I found my first ministry position, and what was to be my calling for several years, in intentional interim ministry. I have served as interim minister with congregations in Vermont, Connecticut, and most recently, the Olympia, WA UU Congregation.
I am currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Ministry in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership at Claremont Theological School, where my focus in on developing a sustaining and sustainable practice of ministry. This process has enabled me to discern a different direction for my ministry, one that will allow me to focus more of my time and energy on the creative pursuits that nourish my soul and fuel my ministry. I expect to have a joyful announcement soon!