But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. - I Corinthians 15:10, The Message
To live and let live, without clamor for distinction or recognition; to wait on divine Love; to write truth first on the tablet of one’s own heart, ― this is the sanity and perfection of living, and my human ideal. - Mary Baker Eddy, Message to The Mother Church, 1902, 2
I’m a seeker. I’m always hungry for new insight and inspiration, and I don’t consider myself to personally have all the answers. I’ve enjoyed exploring various approaches to spirituality and theology, but my home is within Christian Science because this is where I have found the best answers and the most satisfaction. This is where my faith and life have been nourished, and this is where I have experienced healing in a profound and tangible way. Along with meeting my health care needs, Christian Science has especially helped me to overcome depression and anxiety as well as address relationship challenges and find guidance in my career and life choices, and I honestly do not know where I would be without it. For these reasons and because I desire to support others in finding healing, I am a Christian Science practitioner.
I took the required instruction for entering the Christian Science practice a couple years after graduating from NYU with a degree in theater. Prior to becoming a full-time practitioner I tried a number of different things, but the call to commit to this healing ministry has been close to my heart ever since I can remember. I’ve always loved sharing dialogue with fellow people of faith as well as studying the Bible. These interests led me to earn a Master of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological School. My desire to work in urban education brought me to a program at Wheelock College, where I got certified as an elementary school teacher in Massachusetts. Instead of teaching third graders as I had anticipated, though, I ended up teaching literacy skills at a prison. My work with inmates eventually grew to include a re-entry program, job readiness classes, and a Bible study.
Through a program at Harvard Law School, I was trained as a mediator and volunteered in small claims court and other contexts as well as coached students in conflict resolution skills. I taught public speaking classes to Harvard students and at adult education centers. I’ve also worked on various projects for Time4Thinkers, the youth department of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, as well as for other departments within the church. Echoing Paul’s quote at the top of this page, I attribute all of these opportunities to God’s generosity.
My long and winding career path has included its share of valleys and rough hills to climb. I’ve worked extensively through temp agencies and in various odd contexts, sometimes many in quick succession. These challenging experiences led me to develop a one woman show, What Color Are Your Work Boots?, through which I hoped to encourage audience members who may relate to these struggles.
From July 2013 through June 2016 I served as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, traveling throughout the United States and focusing on youth audiences in churches as well as speaking at prisons, juvenile detention centers, and in other institutional settings.
Next to my work as a practitioner, my favorite thing to do is sing. In college I sang with the gospel choir, having listened to gospel music from my early teen years. Since then, I have sung with several different choirs and groups, including the Boston Pops Gospel Choir at its annual concert at Symphony Hall. Sometimes a song is the best prayer I can offer, and at certain moments music provides a unique source of comfort and joy.
I should also mention that I love Jesus. I really do. Not a day goes by when I don’t feel an intensely deep gratitude for what Jesus has done for us and a yearning to follow that Christly example more closely in my own life. I fall short, but thank God for the grace that Jesus showed us and is always available.
Like most people, I enjoy a good meal with family and friends. Also like most people, I’m always striving to stay sane, and I’ve found that, as the above quote from Eddy describes, the best way to do this is by waiting on divine Love and starting with my own heart. I would love to have a heart to heart talk with you at that table God has set for us in the wilderness.