a tiny bio

In my mind, at least, I am a radical, and I try to live as a radical. I believe that is a good thing. Jesus was a radical, and he calls us to follow in his ways.

I grew up in Southern California during the 1960s, trying to be a part of the effort to end the war in Vietnam, end racism, and generally working for social justice in an unjust world. I spent all of 1971-72 working to elect George McGovern; I subsequently believed that I had seen the worst leader this country could possibly see in Richard Nixon. This was not the first time that I have been wrong!

I came out as a lesbian in 1973 when I was in college. The reaction of my then-pastor moved me to leave the church, the Presbyterian Church, in which I had grown up.

In 1983, I began a slow move back into the church by way of the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco (where I then lived). I may come back and fill in the blanks later, but in 1992, I fell in love, moved back to Southern California, and soon rejoined the congregation in which I had grown up. The pastor who had given me such bad advice was long-gone, and the church had become a More Light church–Presbyterian for welcoming and inclusive.

The funny thing is that I lead a pretty boring life. My wife travels a lot on business. We have cats that need constant care. Church, family, friends, an occasional round of golf, life in the burbs… What can I say? This is my “lifestyle”!!!

It seems that I can’t just be a member of any organization, so I quickly became a part of the leadership of the church, and was elected, ordained, and installed as an elder of the church. This means that not only am I am member of a local congregation, but that I serve as a commissioner to the regional church body, the presbytery, as well.

The farther I get from the grassroots, the less comfortable I get.

So here I am, recently returned from the national gathering of the denomination, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). My head is full of “stuff” and this seems as good a way as any to dump it out.

Thanks for being here. Let me know what you think…


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