• Welcome

    Presbyterian Minister, Presbytery Ministry Animator,
    Adjunct Professor, and Research Associate -
    my interests are eclectic,
    and so are my websites. Enjoy!
  • Presbyteries of Ottawa & Seaway-Glengarry

    Ministry Animator

  • Pastoral Charge of Finch-Avonmore-Gravel Hill

    Stated Supply
    Minister

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  • Yellowknife
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My Background

My parents came from Ohio but I was born in Montréal (Québec). I have lived in Canada most of my life, and am the only Canadian in my family. I graduated from an American university and lived in Montréal until politics and cold winters led to me moving to Ontario in 1978. In 2015, I settled in Prescott.

I discovered I did not fit in with either the Anglo or French-Québec communities in the province; I was too American. In the States, however, I didn't fit in either; I was too Canadian!

Without knowing it, I had been introduced to multiculturalism. My interest is exploring how people from different cultures communicate and negotiate shared spaces, and how religions change as they spread across cultures.

My Education

I have several degrees: BA in French Literature from Vassar College; MA in Religion & Culture from Wilfrid Laurier U; MDiv from Knox College/TST; and PhD in Religious Studies from UOttawa. Also have certificates from the Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations (UK); Ryerson U and Sheridan College.

My doctoral thesis explored what was happening in northern Anglican congregations in the aftermath of residential schools and the church apology. Had anything changed? What was the current relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples? I discovered that, despite considerable goodwill and lingering racist tendencies, cultural differences continue to challenge that relationship.

My Work

My work background is eclectic. I have taught a variety of courses (World Religions, Indigenous studies, Global Studies, and Business English) at different colleges and universities; worked as Administrator, database designer and branch webmaster at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) in Mississauga; and served as Youth Ministry Co-ordinator in an Anglican Church before moving to Prescott and returning to Presbyterian ministry.

Currently, I am Presbytery Ministry Animator for the Presbyteries of Ottawa and Seaway-Glengarry, and Stated Supply Minister for the Pastoral charge of Finch-Avonmore-Gravel Hill in Seaway-Glengarry. I am still an Adjunct Professor at UOttawa.

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