My father chose San Diego as a place to retire from the military and my family took up residence in the South Bay in the late 1970s. I attended Hilltop High and Southwestern College. I spent three years at San Francisco State University studying fine art photography and psychology, which led me to the glamorous career of working as a bookstore clerk. I was in San Francisco during the 1989 earthquake, working in the world famous beatnik headquarters, City Lights and living in the basement of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s old Portrero Hill Victorian. I returned to San Diego shortly after the earthquake with the goal of becoming a substance abuse counselor. My training led me to work with various nonprofit organizations as a community developer, outreach worker, volunteer coordinator, and health educator. I discovered Unitarian Universalism after attending an Earth Day Fair in 1993. My partner and I were looking for a liberal spiritual environment in which to raise a child and we became members in 1995. Our son, True, was born three years later. I joined the staff in 2002 and have managed to grow in my love of being a church member, a religious professional, an eclectic pagan, a UU and a parent all at the same time. My current job title is Director of Membership and Development. I work helping people become members of this church, connect with community and build financial resources so we can make a positive difference in our world. Some of my personal spiritual practices include: serving the church’s Earth Centered Spirituality Circle, growing dreadlocks, daily pre-dawn yoga, writing, building altars, laughing, reading science fiction/fantasy and singing the praises of Joss Whedon.
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