Current as of 7-21-2016

Research and Teaching Interests

Practices of Discernment Practical and Public Theology Religious Education
Especially with Adults) 
Trauma Theory and Moral Injury Philosophy of Education Theologies and Philosophies 
of the Imagination
Online Pedagogy  Liberation Theologies Public Schooling and Spirituality
Quaker Studies Creativity Studies Theopoetics







Doctor of Philosophy: Theological Studies – Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA (estimated 2018)
Concentration in Practical Theology with focus on Religious Education

Master of Divinity – Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY (2013)
Concentration in Theology. Thesis: “Bridge to Water: A Theopoetics Primer” 

Master of Arts: Teaching – Earlham College Graduate Programs in Education, Richmond, IN (2007)
Certification in Social Studies 6 – 12, with full licensure in all six concentrations. Thesis: “Toward a Narrative Pedagogy: Using Story in an Economics Classroom”

Business Certificates – William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, Rochester, NY (2005)
Dual Certification in Personnel Management and Marketing

Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary – University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (2004)
Interdepartmental Major: Communication Studies and Commercial Culture 
Minors: Italian and Chemistry

Teaching Experience

Teaching Fellow for "Constructive Theology I"
    Boston University School of Theology, Spring 2016.

Teaching Fellow for "Psychodynamic Perspectives on the Family"
     Boston University School of Theology, Fall 2015.

Teaching Assistant for “Ministries of Religious Education and Spiritual Formation.”
    Boston University School of Theology, Spring 2015.

Teaching Assistant for “Ministry in the 21st Century Context: Challenges and Possibilities.”
    Boston University School of Theology, Fall 2014.

Co-Instructor for “Practicing Faith: Embodying the Kingdom of God.”
    Boston University School of Theology, Fall 2014.

Teaching Assistant for “Christian Theology I: Typologies and Themes.”
    Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Fall 2011 & Fall 2012.

Intensive Instructor for “Emerging Church.” 
    Gene Bennett School for Christian Leadership at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Spring 2011.

Intensive Instructor for “Technology and the Church: A Practicum for Church Leaders.” 
    Gene Bennett School for Christian Leadership at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Spring 2011.



"Humility: Empirical Psychological Research in Dialogue with Practical Theology – Part I"
     International Journal of Practical Theology 20.1 (June 2016). Co-authored with Claire E. Wolfteich, Steven Sandage, and David R. Paine.

“Clearness Committees Revisited: Gathering Young Adults for Contemplative Discernment.”
     In The Prophetic Voice and Making Peace. (Armistead & Charlton Eds.), 2016. Co-authored with Dori G. Baker.

“Book Review – Theology and the Arts: Engaging Faith”
    Practical Matters, Issue 9, 2015. 

“Flesh to Mind: Whetstone to Thought” 
    CrossCurrents, Vol. 64 No. 4. (December 2014): 489–495.

“Theopoetics as a Spiritual Form of Transformative Language Arts” 
     In Transformative Language Arts in Action, edited by Ruth Farmer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Education Division, 2014: 125 – 138.

Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer 
     Cascade Books, 2014.

“This Is Where Power Lies” 
     Creative Transformation. Vol. 19. No. 1. (Winter-Spring 2010): 18 – 20.

“Towards the Heraldic: A Theopoetic Response to Monorthodoxy” 
     In Theopoetic Folds: Philosophizing Multifariousness, edited by Roland Faber, and Jeremy Fackenthal. Fordham UP, 2013: 142-58.

"Divine Exploration and Invitation" 
     CrossCurrents,  Vol. 60, No 1. (March, 2010): 89 – 104.

"Towards Damascus: A Sermon of Acknowledgement" 
     In Spirit Rising., edited by Angelina Conti, et al. Quakers Uniting in Publications (QUIP), 2010.

“Theopoetics: Process and Perspectives" 
    Christianity and Literature, Vol. 58, No. 4 (Summer 2009)


Selected Papers and Speaking Engagements

"Teaching with Broken Hope: Moral Injury and Public Schooling in the United States"
     Paper at "Public Theology – Religion – Education." | 12th International Nuremberg Forum, October 2016.

"Stuck on Pause: Public Schools & the Decline of Creativity"
     Keynote at "The Power of Words" | Transformative Language Arts Network Conference, August 2016.

“Imagining in Fractures: Adult Christian Education with Trauma in View”
     Conference Paper – Annual Meeting | Religious Education Association, Nov. 2015. Co-authored with Zachary Moon

“Imagine God Emerging Here: Clearness Committees, Young Adults, and Hope”
     Conference Paper – Annual Meeting | Religious Education Association, Nov. 2015. Co-authored with Dori Baker.

"Vision for a Transformed Church”
     Talk at “Transformational Leadership and The Prophetic Witness” | Earlham School of Religion Leadership Conference, August 2015.

"On Sacred Struggles in Covenant Community"
     Plenary Panelist at New England Yearly Meeting Sessions, August 2015.

"Discernment 101: Searching for Vocation in Community"
     Talk and Workshop at Emory's Youth Theological Institute, July 2015.

“Learning in the Rhythms of Life: US Public Education and Grace Jantzen's Natal Epistemology"
     Talk at “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization” | 9th International Forum on Ecological Civilization Conference,  June 2015

"What's the Point of (Adult) Religious Education Anyway?"
     Talk at "Emerging Practices in Quaker Outreach" | New England Yearly Meeting Consultation, April 2015.

“Bibliographies and Bodies in the Theological Search for Social Justice”
     Talk as Friend-in-Residence | Earlham School of Religion & Bethany Theological Seminary, March 2015

“Discerning in Community: Challenges and Joys”
     Talk as Theologian-in-Residence – Youth Discernment Retreats | Forum for Theological Exploration, March & April 2015

“Transforming Power: A History of Quaker Advocacy”
     Talk – Spring Lobbyist Training Weekend | Friends National Committee on Legislation, March 2014

“Improvising Life: Theatre and Truth in Comedy”
     Talk and Workshop – Power of Words Conference | Transformative Lanugage Arts Network, September 2014
“Made as Makers and the Role of Imagination in Theology”
     Film and Talk – Challenges of the 21st Century | Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School April, 2013

“Theological Epistemology in The Emergent Church: A Form of Paul Ricoeur's Relational Attestation”
     Conference Paper – Open and Relational Theologies Group | American Academy of Religion, Nov. 2013

“The Soul in Silent Worship: Perspectives from Early Friends and Current Practice”
     Talk and Workshop –  Soul Festival | Manhasset Friends Meeting, May 2012

“An Exploration of Creation” 
     Week-long Bible Study – Denominational Gathering | New York Yearly Meeting, July 2011

“Theopoetic Explorations and Fusings: Hyper-reality, Horizons, and the Reading of Scripture”
     Conference Paper – Phenomenology and Scripture Group | American Academy of Religion, Nov. 2010

“Lewis Carroll, Orthodox/Quaker Thought, The Audubon Society, and the Willingness to Squint”
     Talk – Theology after Google Conference | Claremont School of Theology, March 2010

“Writing for the Spoken Word”
     ​Talk – Quakers Uniting in Publications' Writers Conference | March 2010


Honors and Awards

The Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellowship – The Louisville Institute (2015 – 2017)
To further the work of those “who consider theological education as their vocation.”

Winthrop Hudson Scholar Award – Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (2013)
Which “Recognizes a student's achieving a level of academia qualifying one for doctoral study and a teaching ministry.”

Ministry Fellowship – Forum for Theological Exploration (formerly Fund for Theological Education) (2010)
Fellow: Recipient of grant funding and ministerial support for production of a film documenting the intersection of Creativity and Faith. See for more information.

Take-Five Scholars Research Fellowship – University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (2005)
Post-Baccalaureate Research:  “Buddhism’s Path to Japan.” A Study of the adaptations that Buddhism made as it traveled from its origins towards the east.

Rochester Urban Fellows Program – Area Community Foundation, Rochester, NY (2002)
Fellowship at St. Joseph’s Community Center:  Initiative partner, forging new connections with local community-based agencies and non-profits on a rental assistance grant for transitioning working poor.

Endorsement and Training

Endorsed for Traveling Ministry – New York Yearly Meeting. Religious Society of Friends (2009- 2014) New England Yearly Meeting (2015 – Present)
Minister:  Carry an Endorsed Minute for Travel in the Ministry at Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meeting Level. 

Peacemaker Training Institute – The Fellowship of Reconciliation.  Nyack, NY (2005)
Trainee:  Participated in an intensive residential training program in nonviolence, justice issues, anti-oppression work, and planning for nonviolent organizing. Issues addressed included personal/political activism and advocacy; GLBTQ rights, and minority ally training.

Rochester Civic Engagement Program – Leadership Rochester, Inc.  Rochester, NY(2003-4)
Participant:  Attended a year-long series of charrettes in the city intended to develop a stronger sense of urban community through service learning and an academic approach to common civic issues. 

Professional Experience

THEOPOETICS Journal  – (2014 – Present)
Developer and Co-Founding Editor: Convened original editorial board for THEOPOETICS: A Journal of Theological Imagination, Literature, Embodiment, and Aesthetics.  

Improvised Theatre and Spirituality (2013 – Present)
Workshop Leader: Congregational and organizational programs for using improvised theater to explore spirituality, inter-personal dynamics, and scriptural interpretation.

New York Yearly Meeting – Denomination Association of 90+ Congregations in NY, NJ, and CT (Spring 2013)
Interim General Secretary for Meeting Visitation:  Served on behalf of Yearly Meeting during the General Secretary's Sabbatical.  Pastoral visitation and retreat-leading to congregations across the Yearly Meeting.  

Search Engine Improv – Theatre Troupe and Theatre Education (2010 – 2013)
Co-Founder and Performer: Regular shows and improvised theater teaching, including corporate workshops and trainings.

Transformative Language Arts Network – National Professional Organization (2009 – 2013)
Director: The Network is a non-profit organization formed to support those who work with the transforming power of the written, spoken, and sung word.

Jewels of Quakerism Project – Pendle Hill Retreat Center, Wallingford, PA (2009)
Co-Teacher and Pastoral Care Giver:  Worked as the 2009 Young Adult Leadership Development staff for Quaker education, teaching as well as serving as spiritual nurturer for retreatants.
Developer and Editor: Co-developed interactive media for course with materials made publicly available to congregations for use in adult religious education:

McAuliffe Regional Charter School – Framingham, MA (2007 – 2009)
Teacher:  8th grade Humanities teacher with focus on non-fiction writing skills and Global Medieval Cultures.  Also a member of the school’s Leadership Team, and a designer of the block schedule model and thematic interdisciplinary curriculum in the Expeditionary Learning model of Outward Bound.

Quaker Speaking Engagements (2007 – Present)
Keynote speaker and retreat leader on topics related to Quakerism and Faith.  Most frequently on spiritual practices or the practical implications of theology. Have served as speaker in both lecturer and preacher capacities, for numerous organizations and events from local congregations to national gatherings. 


Co-Founder Executive Chair – The Association for THeopoetics Research and Exploration. (2014 – Present)
Member of Steering Committee: Oversee mission and growth for sole organization specifically focused on theopoetics.

Executive Board Member – The Society for Religion, Arts, and Contemporary Culture (2011 – Present)
Member of Board of Directors:  Appointment to Board of Directors serving at large.

Co-Founder and Managing Director – The Space: Venue for the Performing Arts – Rochester, NY (2011 – 2013)
Managing Member: Oversaw design, construction, and management of Rochester's most affordable community theater venue for rent to performing artists.

Executive Board Member – League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, Boston, MA (2009-2011)
Member of Board of Directors:  Treasurer appointment to Board of Directors for the premiere North East regional storytelling organization, with particular focus towards advancement and outreach. 

Sunday School Teacher – Rochester Monthly Meeting (Quakers),  Rochester, NY (2005-2007)
Served as a committee member working towards the development of curriculum, and as a teacher at the First Day School for youth and adult religious education.

Organizational Membership

  • The Religious Education Association
  • The Association for Theopoetics Research and Exploration
  • The American Academy of Religion
  • National Association of Poetry Therapy
  • The International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • The Religion and Education Collaborative of The Religious Freedom Center