I am a minister and a quilter, a consultant for groups working on intercultural competence, and a member of various boards and committees. I am a Unitarian Universalist and a Pagan. Since August 18, 2012, I've been a wife to Rachel Van Cleve. I seek to weave the many threads of my life into a beautiful whole.
I currently serve as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills in Kingston, NY. I graduated from Andover Newton Theological School with my Masters of Divinity in 2008, and from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with my Bachelor of Arts in 2003. I was ordained by the First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist of Northborough, Massachusetts in 2008.
I have done intercultural development work with groups and individuals. I use the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, developed by Milton Bennett, and the Intercultural Development Inventory (R), developed by Mitch Hammer. These tools help individuals and groups to assess their current level of development toward intercultural competence, and design next steps to help develop further. For more information, see the Intercultural Competence Consulting section of this site.
I started quilting when I was on summer break after my first year of college. I was missing my college friends and life, and was being rather hard to live with, I understand. My mother began suggesting various projects I might take on, and when she said, "You could make a quilt," something clicked. That first quilt was made with many trips to the local quilt shop for materials and advice. In graduate school, a friend and mentor helped me see myself as an artist, albeit an amateur artist. For images of my quilts, see the Gallery page.
As a minister, I do a lot of writing - of sermons and newsletter columns and other communications for the congregation. But sometimes I have ideas I want to develop that don't fit into congregational life, and some of those make their way to my very occasional blog, which you can find on the Musings page.
You can get in touch with me by sending me an email at ParsleySpirit@gmail.com
Thanks for visiting!