This is my personal blog focused on Christian Spirituality and occasionally on other topics as I see them through the lens of the Christian Church.
I write on a variety of topics that do not always fit into neat little categories. You might find sermons, recipes, pictures and stories about my garden, or anything else that might strike me as worthy to write about.
My goal is to form, inform, and transform you, the reader, as I try and make a difference from my little corner of the world. I believe that if we transform our inner lives and the way we think about things, we can truly make a difference in the world. The Spirituality of the Christian Church is a way in which can make this change, and deep, abiding spirituality is what the we have to offer the world.
In 2012 I published a book by Regina Orthodox Press: Listening to the Heartbeat of God. This book is about having a conversation with God, a divine and holy experience that all Christians are called to enjoy. I try and weave together the Ancient monastic and Celtic traditions of Spirituality. This book is designed as a “beginners guide” to prayer but with a catch—we are all beginners as we come to God. So there is something true and good here for the youngest child or the oldest holy monk or nun and for each person who desires to pray.
I presently serve as Interim Senior Minister at First Congregational Church in Salem, New Hampshire. In addition to my pastoral responsibilities, I serve as Chaplain for the Quincy Fire Department and Deputy Chief Chaplain of the Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains. I also have the honor of serving as Chaplain with the National Lancers, the oldest organized military unit in the United States, where I hold the rank of Major. I have served as Department Chaplain for the Department of Massachusetts, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War for the last four years.
I received an Associates Degree in religious Studies and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts. I have a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and have been on the Faculty at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts in the Psychology Department teaching classes in Psychology, Sociology and Ethics as well as Quincy College in Quincy, Massachusetts. I hold a Diplomat Credential from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and several certifications from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
I am an honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Army serving 12 years. The first three of those years with the 84th Chemical Company located at Fort Polk, Louisiana and the following years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard with the 215th Army Band, the Headquarters Battery and the Division Artillery of the 24th Infantry Division.
This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of the United Church of Christ, the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Pilgrim Association or Bethany Congregational Church. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.