My theology grounds my ministry and is steeped in our Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources. My ministry is based on the understanding that every person has inherent worth and dignity, and part of my role as a minister is to help people value this within themselves. In my ministry and in my life, I see human connections as meaningful and powerful. Each one of us plays a crucial role in this interdependent web of which we are all a part. This means the good we do and the bad we do ripples out among us, and this calls me to consistently try to do the best good I can. We impact each other in unforeseen ways big and small every single day.
I personally connect with a higher power through prayer and meditation. These ritual acts center me and calm my heart and mind. To me, this spirit of life and love is urging us all towards good, is joyful when we are joyful, and in pain when we are in pain.
In times of hardship, I draw from what I understand to be a theology of overcoming. This theology guides me to make some semblance of good out of any bad thing that happens, even if the only possible good is to help someone else who is going through a similar situation. This helped me through the suicide of a dear aunt.
I bring my theology with me in all of my interactions and in every worship service I help to plan. A real joy of my ministry is hearing about and accompanying people on their own spiritual, theological journeys. Each person has a theology as unique as their own lived lives – each person is on their own unique search for truth and meaning.