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Hello First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh!
I invite you to explore my words and images as a UU minister. I’ve served UU churches for nearly 23 years and look forward to many more years of powerful parish ministry with you.  I hope you find yourself engaged and intrigued as you explore my ministry. 
Please listen to my sermons, watch videos, read my words, and peruse the images of my life. When we speak together, feel free to ask deeper questions about my style of leadership and capacity to minister to your congregation.

Hope is harder than optimism, and requires daily maintenance, care and staying attuned.  Hope is not assumed, it is earned, developed and built out of hard work, a willingness to fail, strength to risk and be vulnerable, and a life-saving humility.
My job is to journey with you through the pain and the awful, gut wrenching doubt when we see that we don’t know what we are doing.
It is in the many experiences of love and joy that we are reminded of the big Why.  Why are we here, you and me, together? It is to love and express our gratitude.

Successful Parish Minister

Energized Community Leader

Respected by Colleagues

Strong Pastoral Care

This is where I get my hope: From those moments when we connect, in our pain, and in our anguish and in our mutuality.  Hope and joy are reborn in this profound act of trust.  This is a huge leap of faith. To know one another in our most vulnerable and to be loved anyway.

Justice for all

love For all

Compassion for all