When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.John Muir
Theology of Leadership
In my life as a minister, a leader, a partner, a human, I work to be strong in my sense of self and my purpose, while being open to the wisdom of others, past, present and future.
I draw on our 7th principle because it supports my belief that everything is connected and that it is in relationship with others in the interconnected web that we learn who we are. I bring the grounding of relationship with myself and with something greater to my ministry and to leadership.
Call To Leadership
Most recently, I have been called to religious leadership as a UU minister and have taken ordination vows to serve our community, our denomination and the world. Foundational to my ministerial calling is the experience of lay leadership positions in the churches I’ve attended, whether as a worship assistant, Board officer and member, committee chair and member, and Pastoral Assistant (also known as Lay Minister.) I am also informed by my experience as church staff, both as the Director of Music in Salem and Assistant Minister in Portland.
Skills and Experience
I have over 15 years of experience as a leader and supervisor in my previous social services career. I also have several years of experience as a supervisor in church settings, both in the UU Fellowship of McMinnville and First Unitarian-Portland.
I practice being a servant leader to hone the necessary and important skills of awareness, listening, communication, empathy, healing, visioning, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and building community. I am naturally organized and see this as a way to keep myself centered and focused, and I bring that organization to my leadership.