I am a Quaker with ecumenical experience and growing interfaith connections. I have represented Friends on programs of the World Council of Churches and have also co-led experiential workshops on Quaker worship at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Thirty years ago, I made a transition from university teaching in the UK, graduated from Earlham School of Religion and served Quaker organizations in the USA.
My current membership is in the New Association of Friends, where I have served as presiding clerk. My professional background is in higher education and administration.
My ministry now is in spiritual accompaniment at different levels. This includes interim pastoral ministry, facilitating journeys for small groups, and volunteering as a Friend in Residence at study/retreat centers.
One of my concerns is for peacebuilding, especially in communities that are emerging from conflict. Some communities are able to live together in the midst of significant cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. Others are stressed by those differences, to the point of exclusion and even violence. Contested space becomes an ongoing challenge to flourishing life.