Languages: English, some French, a few words of German
I grew up in the Boston area and went to college outside Philadelphia, where I studied
mathematics and linguistics. After that I flailed my way through several attempts at graduate school (in computer science, history, and the history of medicine), finally concluding that it was not for me. Instead, I moved back to the Boston area and became a freelance copyeditor,
working primarily for a university press; it turns out that all those attempts at different fields of study were great preparation for editing books across the humanities and social sciences!
Although Boston was, historically, a hotbed of Unitarianism, I knew little about it until my late twenties, when I began attending Unitarian Universalist services every now and then with friends who went. They touched something tender in me, but I didn’t really want to explore it— because it was tender.
I had no plans to move to Canada! But when I decided that I was tired of being single and my friends asked, “Well, what would you want in a partner?” I brainstormed some criteria and
promptly met someone who matched every one of them -- whereupon I realized that I had
forgotten to specify that the person should also live within fifty miles of me. Whoops. But I
freelanced at home while he had an office job and young children, so it was clear who would move, and I arrived in Canada on July 4, 2001.
With no local network and no workplace in which to meet people, I started attending the UCM in 2006, in hopes of finding a meaningful social community. I joined a covenant group and volunteered to serve coffee, in a (successful) effort to become more involved, and found myself tentatively drawn to the spiritual side as well. As someone who’s always been comfortable working with words and speaking in public, I loved being a liturgist, and I was surprised and honored when I was asked to consider applying to be one of our lay chaplains. That work has been a challenge and a joy. I’ve also taken on other roles within the congregation, including serving as moderator of the Council and volunteering my editing skills for the newsletter. And my main professional client is now the Unitarian Universalist Association!
I never expected to become so involved with a church, and I continue to be startled at how much my life has changed in the past twenty years.
I’m immensely grateful for those changes.