I am an active participant in worship and other activities, including Experiment with Light, at Homewood Friends Meeting in Baltimore, MD, USA, where I serve as presiding clerk, and occasionally at Little Falls Meeting in Fallston, Maryland. For a number of years, I served the Quaker Universalist Fellowship as editor and Steering Committee member. Many years ago, I was a founding member of the Baltimore Zen Group. As a young man, I was a candidate for the Catholic priesthood in Carmelite and Franciscan minor seminaries. For more on my religious background, see The Church, the Draft Board, and Me.
I hold a B.A. in Liberal Arts (Religious Studies major, English and Music minors; summa cum laude) from Notre Dame of Maryland University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, and a certificate in adult psychotherapy from the Baltimore Psychotherapy Institute. (My approach to psychotherapy is influenced by Lacanian analysis.) I have also been privileged to study at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology of St. Mary’s Seminary & University.
Essays published in the journal Quaker Theology include “The Making of a Quaker Atheist” (1999), “The Psychology of Salvation: Recovering, Reframing, and Reclaiming the Early Quaker Experience” (2008), “The Darkness of Mother Teresa” (2011), and a review of the book Following Jesus (2014); in addition, the journal published excerpts of The Church, the Draft Board, and Me in 2020. I maintain the Quaker Electronic Archive, where, in addition to a variety of other resources, some of my other writings are available.