On many Sunday mornings at my former congregation, I liked to stand outside to greet people as they arrived for Sunday morning services.
I am an animated, interactive preacher.
I have been invited to preach in more than 50 pulpits across the country.
I have often been asked to preach at ordination and installation services for colleagues, which is always an honor and a privilege.
Each year in my former congregation, I led a forgiveness ritual. I enjoy creating and leading multi-generational worship.
I also started an annual “Blessing of the Animals” service, which became the favorite service of the year for some people.

For this multi-generational service, the director of family ministries asked me to play the part of a Christmas tree, which children and youth then decorated.
There is no greater joy in ministry than a child dedication.
Before same-sex marriage was legal in Washington State, I traveled with these church members to another state to officiate a legal wedding ceremony for them.
“Our fondest personal memory of your ministry is the wise guidance and caring counsel you gave us as we prepared to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary,” this couple wrote me.
In the early days of high-speed Internet connections and video-conferencing, I started what I believe to be the very first online Unitarian Universalist small group ministry program in the country. It was especially popular among older church members who didn’t like to drive. I like exploring how to use technology to do church in different ways.
I started a men’s group at my former congregation and occasionally joined their outings. They called themselves UUGG (Unitarian Universalist Guys Group).
There was a need for an English a Second Language class in the wider community, so several church members and I started one.

I led a group of church members on a Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice service/learning trip to Haiti where we met with people who had rebuilt their lives after the 2010 earthquake.
I have been trained as a mediator, but I’m willing to explore non-traditional methods of resolving conflict.
When church members decided to build a labyrinth, I lent a hand.
I joined a group of other religious leaders to lobby the King County Council to expand a ballot measure to increase funding for human services. Since its initial passage, it has raised tens of millions of dollars for human services funding.
I later was part of a coalition of religious, labor, and other community organizations that successfully advocated for an immigration reform ordinance that prevented families from being torn apart by deportation.

That same coalition later successfully advocated for a day center for the homeless in the city of Federal Way. This picture shows me shaking hands with the mayor after he agreed to help us find funding and a site for the day center.
After becoming the Pacific Western Regional Lead for the Unitarian Universalist Association, I enjoyed building a strong, cohesive staff team.
Together we organized the 2018 Pacific Western Regional Assembly, which was attended by more than 600 adults, youth, and children from across the region.
I believe lay leadership is a critical factor in congregational success, so I also led the Pacific Western Region in re-imaging and redeveloping our regional leadership development program for congregational lay leaders. We created a hybrid in-person/online program which reduced costs by half and doubled participation.