WHO AM I?

My story begins in the Philippine Islands, where I was born. Childhood was spent in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao. Illinois was my home through my teens, and I graduated Elmhurst College, outside Chicago, in 1969. Following graduation, I spent a season with the Chicago Lyric Opera as a chorister, then matriculated at Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating in 1974 with a Masters of Divinity. I’ve served communities of faith in Montclair, NJ, Brattleboro, VT, New London, CT, and Keene, NH. Some fifteen years ago, I spent a year in hospitals, earning four units of Clinical Pastoral Education, which brought new tools for several years of work in hospice and hospital spiritual care. I continue to serve as an on-call chaplain at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH, where I live. Newfane Church called me as transitional pastor in 2012, then as its “pastor and teacher” in 2013. My spouse Sandy and I share three grown children and three (soon to be four!) grandchildren who are the delight of our lives! Serving Newfane Church has been and continues to be fulfilling and rewarding!

WHAT I BELIEVE: 

I believe that Creation was born in Love out of the imagination of a God who is Love who longs for relationship.

I believe in taking the Bible very seriously but not literally, for it is the record, from the human perspective, of a people attempting to be in a relationship of faith, as they understood God. The Bible and all its stories and poetry is inspired by that relationship. So, the Bible needs to be read, as nearly as we can reconstruct it, from what we can understand of the reasons it was recorded in its time. It is only when we do this that we can faithfully attempt to understand its meaning for our own time. I believe that this God of Love put on poor, brown Jewish baby flesh and came to live among us; and that God continues to live among us still – in fact, that those who choose to attempt to follow in Jesus’ Way are the living Body of Christ, the hands, feet and heartbeat of God.

I believe that, if there really is a way to find God, that it begins when we look within; that there we will always see the reflection of our Maker, and that it is God already in us who knows where and how to look for God.

I believe in the Spirit’s capacity to bring healing to the fragmentation we see in the world around us. I believe that begins when each of us seeks our own healing instead of hating, excluding, or dismissing the brokenness and hate in others. I believe, to paraphrase Franciscan priest, Fr. Richard Rohr, that we are invited to “see the whole – good, bad, ugly and beautiful – in ourselves and others.” I believe that we were created for Love – that the highest love is to see and love the world with the eyes of God. That is heaven.