I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and as a late teen was immersed in the counter-culture of the late 1960’s. Later, I studied, performed, and taught classical, folk, and rock guitar, attended the experimental Goddard College in Vermont, and ended up - much to my surprise - in seminary, in Berkeley.
After 2 years at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral as a pastoral and urban ministry intern, I served for 30 years as priest and Rector of an Episcopal congregation in New Mexico. During those years I led retreats and published, receiving an honorary doctorate from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific for contributions to the field of spirituality.
Since 1991, I have studied and practiced with a variety of Zen Buddhist teachers and groups in San Diego, Albuquerque, and Chicago. I formally received the bodhisattva precepts (took Buddhist vows) in 2016. As a faculty member of CREDO since 1996, I have led dozens of clergy renewal programs. Since the mid-1980’s I have been deeply engaged in LGBT advocacy, including 2 terms as chair of the Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage, which proposed canonical changes that resulted in marriage equality in our church. I have always played music. Most importantly, I am married, and the father of two grown sons.
Beacons along my path have included the Desert Fathers and patristic contemplatives, Bob Dylan, John Muir, Eihei Dogen, Shunryu Suzuki, Thomas Merton, John Cage, scholars of the historical Jesus, and many others.