Professional History

Professional Ministry

I was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist Ministry in 1967. I served as Associate Minister of the First Unitarian Society of Rochester, NY (www.rochesterunitarian.org) from 1967 to 1970, and then was called to be minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Stamford, CT (www.uusis.org). I resigned from that ministry in 1976 in order to pursue my practice of psychotherapy and consulting. Since then I have never been employed by a church. In many ways my professional practice has been an unbroken ministry.

When I moved from Connecticut to Massachusetts in 1983, I became “Affiliate Minister” of the Unitarian Society of Winchester, MA (www.wus.org) – an unpaid, voluntary position on the staff. I remained associated with that congregation until I moved to Cambridge in 1997. I am now associated with the First Unitarian Society in Newton, MA (www.fusn.org)

I have been active in ministry in many ways. I was on the Board of the Mass Bay Unitarian Universalist District (Boston area) -www.mbduua.org. I was involved in the national fund raising committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association – the denomination. I was elected by the Mass Bay region to the Board of Trustees of the UUA (www.uua.org), and was then named to serve also on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (www.uusc.org) – the group that works for justice through partner organization in many countries. I have also been a consultant to many churches over the years, leading retreats, working on organizing, and helping to resolve crises.

For a number of years I also led workshops for Still Point Foundation – a group founded by my friend, Vinnie Olson, and a number of dedicated supporters, that was dedicated to opening possibilities of liberating spiritual experience through inquiry and centering prayer. We created and ran workshops on letting go of past religious ideas, on relationships, recovery, and other topics.

Consulting

From 1971 through 1995 I was actively engaged in consulting with executives, businesses, and non-profit organizations. I was a professional associate with Reed and DiSalvo Associates in New York during the 1970′s, then worked on my own. Some of my clients included the City of Ossinning, the Police Youth Officer’s Association of Westchester County (NY), the Navy Chaplain’s School, the Stamford, CT Health Department, and many others, including a number of churches.

Enneagram

With my wife, Annie, I was one of the first students of Don Riso and Russ Hudson to be certified as an Enneagram teacher. The Enneagram is a system that includes a personality typology that can be very helpful in understanding our habitual ways of constructing the world and our strageties to deal with that world. For years I have used the Enneagram primarily to help psychotherapy clients understand themselves, but I have also taught the Enneagram and used it on occasion with organizations. For more information on the Enneagram, consult www.EnneagramInstitute.com.

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