A Bit About Me…
The above picture was taken on a hike with my husband Eric at Afton State Park in Minnesota. Hiking is a passion of ours; we love to surround ourselves with nature and take in the scenery. We currently live in downtown Minneapolis where we partake in the Twin Cities culture. We spend Friday nights at comedy clubs, local restaurants, or exploring the city. In my downtime, I love immersing myself in a book. While I enjoy reading a wide array of literature, I am an avid Harry Potter fan. Through the years I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel. I have visited Maine, taking in the local cuisine, and traveled to New Orleans, walking through the many streets with a different scene around each corner. I love to bake, and have been doing so since childhood. A day is not complete unless I have had opportunities to laugh. I live a blessed life filled with love.
My Call Story…
I was born the eldest of two children. My younger sister Annie and I grew up together, playing in the mud and taking care of our many pets. I grew up surrounded by arts and crafts and enjoyed painting and making small ceramic creatures. I very early on fostered a passion for music. I played flute, viola and piano and took voice lessons. In high school I began my advocacy work, volunteering at the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
From an early age, I knew that I wanted to pursue a helping career. As a teenager, I thought the best way to that goal was through the medical field. After high school, I pursued a degree in nursing and then a degree in occupational therapy, but I realized the medical field was not my path. I decided instead to pursue a degree in a subject just because I loved it. I graduated from Rutgers University with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Religious Studies.
While working on this degree, I visited a Unitarian Universalist congregation for the first time. It was entirely unintentional. I had attended an event at the congregation and a woman invited me to service the following morning. I attended and quickly knew I had found my spiritual home. I cherished the variety of faiths held by individuals in that house of worship and the common values that held us all together. I quickly became very active, joining the choir and the membership committee, leading chalice circles, serving as a worship associate, and starting a young adult group. I formed a relationship with the senior minister and saw in him what I was called to be doing: nourishing, leading, loving, and serving as a reliable, calm and compassionate presence.
Throughout this journey, I found that allowing myself to be vulnerable helped others to heal. I found a way to connect with people on a deep personal and spiritual level. I applied to seminary and within the year began my education at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Since then I have completed an internship at the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, served as a student chaplain at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and served as an intern chaplain at Omegon Residential Treatment Center, working with teenagers struggling with mental illness and addiction. While in seminary, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to serve a two-year parish internship. In September I was granted Preliminary Fellowship by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.
During the winter of 2014, I attended a Young Adult UU Retreat were I met my now husband, Eric. We were married at a chapel in New Jersey in April 2016. Eric has been a constant support of my ministry. He also grew up in New Jersey, alongside his young sister and brother. As a youth, Eric excelled in many extra curricular activities, including Mock Trial and Model UN. He received his Bachelors Degree in Economics from Cornell University. Today he fosters passions for art and cooking. Eric currently works as an operations analyst at a local energy company while he is completing his degree in Data Science at Northwestern University.
We are excited to see where this journey takes us next!