To keep you updated on what I’m working on, as your Commissioned Lay Ministry (CLM) candidate, I’m posting my latest monthly update here. Updates from past months are available in the ESUUC monthly eNews (aka, “newsletters”).

Thank you for your ongoing support. I welcome and encourage your feedback and questions. Please email me:

With gratitude and commitment,

(As of March 20, 2021)

My big news:  I have a mentor!!  Rev. Maria McCabe of UU Fellowship of Harford County (MD) is my CLM mentor. We met in March, and I’m looking forward to building our relationship.

The other big news: The launch of this web page at the end of March! I’ll use it to keep everyone up to date on my progress from now.

March summary in the various Areas of Study of my CLM candidacy:

  • Pastoral Care:
    • Reading “The Wild Edge of Sorrow” by Francis Weller; multi-month discussion with Rev. Stephanie and Cari A (Caring Team Chair).
  • Anti-racism/anti-oppression work:
    • Adult RE “Talking About Race” Session 6 (2-part) was in March; sessions 7 & 8 will be in April 2021 which will conclude the series.
    • Participated in book discussion: “In A Day’s Work” (Monroeville Library Social Justice Book Club)
  • Multi-cultural work (attending multi-racial gatherings to learn, share, and support; monthly, unless otherwise noted):
    • Attending ongoing BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) UU Community: The Mountain Top (monthly BIPOC worship, monthly gatherings, Steering Committee)
    • Attending DRUUMM APIC (Asian Pacific Islander) monthly gatherings
    • Attending CER (Central East Region) BIPOC ongoing gatherings
  • Worship:
    • Delivered “Travel Plans 2021: Journey to Beloved Community” to UU Church of Akron – A congregational commitment to the 8th principle comes alive when each of us stops being an “armchair traveler” and commits to the journey. Clarify your UU travel plans for 2021 by zeroing in on the facet of Beloved Community that’s calling to you the most, your North Star, then let’s map out your itinerary so you can get moving!
    • Worship associate for “”Music as Activism: Finding Your Voice” (central message from Ellie Grace).
    • Coordinator for “Loved into Being” (Annual Canvass Service) using worship materials from UUA
    • (throughout year) Serve as Zoom host for Sunday services and Community Time.
  • Lifespan Faith Development (Adult RE for the new year):
    • Spiritual Practices:
      • (Ongoing) Facilitating monthly Soul Matters Small Group ministry and 6x/month “Singing the Living Tradition”, and co-facilitating with Gayle Pamerleau “Spiritual Practices” curriculum from the Faith Forward program from UU Dallas (8 of 12 sessions completed).
    • Anti-racism: See “Anti-racism” above.
    • Social Justice: Please join Monroeville Social Justice Book Club (online meetings) for learning in this area.
    • UU Identity: See “New Member Orientation.” TBD for 2021-22.
  • Church Leadership:
    • Attended Board Retreat
    • (ongoing) Researching new ways of “doing” church post-COVID, “Hybrid Ministries” UU group.
    • (ongoing) Planning with Rev. Stephanie for the upcoming liturgical year, including themes for next 2 years.
    • Member of (dormant) Reopening Team, attending monthly CER Networking gatherings to keep up with info on UUA, CER, and to share with and support others in our region.
  • Spiritual Life (“When we are challenged, we do not rise to our expectations. We fall to our level of practice.” – Archilochus):
    • Continuing to practice personal spiritual life via meditation; personal prayer; meaningful lyrics and powerful song in “Singing the Living Tradition;” “Hermitage of the Heart” contemplative hour at the UU Church of Akron, OH; personal chant (possible Adult RE for 2021-22).
  • Other:
    • Ongoing participation in CLM Candidate monthly gatherings