With Open Arms and Heart

1/16/17

With open arms and an open heart, I have been on a journey of educational and vocational training since Fall 2006. Along the way, I have served Unitarian Universalism and a variety of organizations and causes. As the process draws quickly to its final goals, I keep this post updated to provide current information related to my whereabouts, activities, and availability.

Currently, I am available for preaching and other short-term leadership in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond. After completing clinical pastoral education at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in May 2017, I will seek a position in which I can contributes to the health and spiritual depth of communities and congregations in the greater Los Angeles area through teaching, research, and religious leadership. I will complete my Ph.D. in Sociology by Spring 2018.arm out preaching
From August 2015 to June 2016, I served as the full-time Intern Minister at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, California. After my position at First Church ended, I returned to complete my doctoral dissertation (remotely) in Sociology at the University of California San Francisco and continue the final stages of attaining ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Since 2009, I have taught at Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian University identity theological school and member school of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California. I have been serving in the role of academic advisor and the visiting assistant professor of ethics and society since 2014.

I am a proud member of the Greater Los Angeles Ministers (GLAM) cluster meeting in the UU Ministers Association’s Pacific Southwest Chapter, member of the American Sociological Association, and the International Association of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.los-angeles-1675489_1920

Course: Health Ethics

January 2016. Health and medicine lie at the intersection of thea/ologies, morals, and our bodies. This course draws from theological, philosophical, and sociological perspectives to examine the foundations of bioethics and the complexities of health, illness and health care. Through analyzing ethical principles, moral questions and clinical cases, the course will address key issues in bioethics, such as death and dying, access to health care, medical research, reproductive justice, and social movements for health. Special attention will be paid to cutting edge discussions of social determinants of health and the perspectives of historically marginalized communities. Through this interactive course that maximizes the use of exciting web and multimedia resources, religious leaders and scholars will equip themselves with the biopolitical knowledge and skills to reflect on the sacred–and the controversial–with their faith communities.

A live, in-person or web-based, seminar, in which we:

  • center the perspectives of historically marginalized people;
  • disrupt the boundaries of ethics and ministry;
  • redefine and define again the multiple terms of “life or death” issues;
  • build supportive community of religious leaders concerned about health, illness, and bodies
  • connect bioethics to public ministry, social movements for health, and what we value

This course is offered through Starr King School for the Ministry, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.