I grew up in Nashua, NH. Besides schoolwork (where I did mostly science) I was in the pottery club, honor society, Girl Scouts, the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. After graduating in 1994, I went to Elmira College to pursue a degree in Biochemistry. For 13 years after graduating with a Bachelor’s in 1998, I worked as a Quality Control and Documentation specialist in the Biotechnology industry. In 2011 I left biotech to attended seminary at Pacific School of Religion where I graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in May of 2014.
Spiritually, I explored many different traditions growing up. But it was during my senior year at Elmira when I read “The Spiral Dance” by Starhawk that lead me to want to learn as much as I could about Wicca. I was initiated into an Alexandrian-type coven in 1999 in the Boston area, and received my Second Degree in that coven in 2001. I left my that coven in 2003, moved to California in 2005, and founded the Circle of Cerridwen with my wife in 2009. I received my Third Degree, along with my wife, on Beltane of 2010. In November 2013, in my last year of seminary, I was approved for ordination in the Progressive Christian Alliance (PCA). After my ordination Ceremony, I volunteered as webmaster for the PCA, and eventually was elected to the Leadership Council in 2016 as Councilor-at-Large. Towards the end of that term, in a special election, I was elected Leadership Council chair for a three year term (2018-2020). In March of 2017, my wife and I moved to the Chicago area, and we founded the virtual Strophalos of Hecate coven, in the Open Source Alexandrian Tradition so that we could keep in touch with our Bay Area coven, and open up our tradition to new members wherever they may be.
My personal practice consists of Open Source Alexandrian Wicca, Christianity, prayer, meditation, trance work, aromatherapy/herbalism, little splashes of Enochian/Ceremonial, and techniques from other many different religious traditions. Currently, my wife and I are also working on a spiritual photography project called “Fat Gods” where we are breaking body and gender stereotypes around images of deity.
Publicly, I’ve also given workshops on social justice issues at Pantheacon, and have given workshops about the language we use to describe health and body size. I also have been doing spiritual direction and other spiritual services, including rituals and divination.
Most of my writing work in the last few years (besides seminary coursework) consists of blog posting and editing, essays, fiction, poetry, and writing a book of mystic fiction (which is still in process).
I’m also starting a vlog called “As the Crow Flies…” which will chronicle my travel both in the US, and in Europe after we move to Zurich, Switzerland. You can follow my adventures on my YouTube channel.
I’m also an open water swimmer, weaver, amateur home cook, crocheter, yarn spinner, and ham radio operator. Oh, and I usually have brightly colored, or completely shaved, hair, as the mood strikes.