With Anton and Tucker in Chicago
With Anton and Tucker in Chicago

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With Bonnie at All Saints' Chicago
With Bonnie at All Saints' Chicago

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At the Diocese of Chicago's Convention
At the Diocese of Chicago's Convention

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With Anton and Tucker in Chicago
With Anton and Tucker in Chicago

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Spiritual Autobiography

Welcome to my home on the web. Thanks for stopping by! Here, if it is of interest to you, is captured my spiritual autobiography and path of my vocational journey. If you are curious about my sermons or my margarita blog, please visit my Substack.

 

Currently, I serve as the Interim Rector for St. Christopher's Oak Park, Illinois.

 

If you want to know more, my site introduces you to my vocation and ministry. You can read my sermons, discover my book A Disney Monastic, learn about Education for Ministry (EfM), discover how teams of folk partnered together to rebuild New Orleans post-Katrina levee failures, inquire about my work in the Diocese of Renk, the Republic of South Sudan, journey with me to St. Simeons School and Congregation in Haiti, and discover retreats created and offered by my non-profit Digital Monastics.

 

I am from New Orleans, the city of great coffee, delicious food, the Saints, Drew Brees and the birthplace of Jazz.

I grew up at All Saints’ River Ridge, an Episcopal Church on the levee, up the river from downtown. Growing up at All Saints' was a true blessing. I was raised in a community where difference was accepted, honesty was expected and the celebration of sacrament mixed with the expectation of good gumbo. I studied at Loyola University New Orleans earning a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Asian Studies. At Loyola, I studied Zen with the The Rev. Ben Wren, S.J. Through his Christian approach to the Buddhist discipline of zazen, I learned to pray, to sit, to listen, then to get up off the cushion and act. I spent my junior year in Xi’an, The People’s Republic of China, where I studied Chinese language and culture.


After graduating from college, I became a mentor for the University of the South's Education for Ministry (EfM) program and I organize groups and serve in this capacity whenever possible. Prior to accepting my call to ordained ministry, I worked as a TV Producer. I produced documentaries, served as a videographer on numerous projects, and occasionally directed live television. After one particularly exhausting project, I left television and made futons for three years.

In 2001, I left New Orleans to study at The General Theological Seminary in New York City. I did my seminarian field placement at St. Luke in the Fields where I developed a passion for working with homeless youth and serving people living and dying with HIV/AIDS.

When I arrived in Chicago, I worked with The Night Ministry on the Youth Outreach Team (YOT) building community with young people residing on the streets in Lake View. Additionally, I served as an assistant at St. Matthew’s Evanston corroborating with the rector and with the congregation to develop youth programs and outreach ministries.

I was called to serve as curate at All Saints’ Chicago where I was program director for Ravenswood Community Services (RCS), an agency of Episcopal Charities and Community Services. RCS is the non-profit All Saints’ established as the church’s hunger and poverty relief outreach ministry to neighbors in Uptown and Ravenswood. Through RCS, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of volunteers, feeding the homeless and the working poor, supporting school-based health care centers, and establishing mentoring programs at neighborhood schools.

At Saint James Cathedral, I served as the Associate Dean. I was responsible for congregational growth, development and formation. I convened the Parish Council and worked with the Dean to empower leaders to minister to each other in order to change the world.

I served as Associate Rector for Children's Ministries at St. Chrysostom's Chicago.  Concurrently, I worked with the headmistress of St. Chrysostom's Day School, as Day School Chaplain. Weekly, I developed and led nine in-class chapels and 1 monthly all-school chapel for students, parents and care-givers.

I served as the Associate Rector at St. Matthew's Evanston, where I partnered with the rector and ministry teams, building community in a complicated world.

I served as Interim Rector to the people of St. Elisabeth's Glencoe. I worked with the congregation identifying mission and purpose within personal, congregational and holy story. Then we moved and ministered together in the midst of a global pandemic - creating Christian Community with COVID-19. After St. Elisabeth's, I worked with the people of of All Saints' Western Springs, Illinois as their interim rector. While there, we discerned system realities, explored congregational identity, and re-establishing community connections during the COVID pandemic.

 

I love Walt Disney World, monorails, film and Kate Bush andI live in Edgewater, Chicago with my husband of twenty-one years Anton Goodman.