I am a graduate from the University of Maryland with Bachelors degrees in Piano Performance and English. In my sophomore year of college, I had a profound experience with a homeless man which led me to spend the rest of my college Saturdays at Union Station in D.C. developing friendships with homeless men and women.
Post-college, I joined the Rutba House Community (newmonasticism.org) to learn wisdom from their way of life, where I was mentored by authors Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Sarah Jobe, as well as a whole bunch of other friends, neighbors, and kids. I was most moved by their commitment to welcoming the stranger and I wrote about it in an article for Consp!re Magazine in Fall 2009, entitled “Taking Up Divine Residence.” This article was in the same issue as a re-print of Richard Rohr’s “4 Stages of Community” that first appeared in Sojourners Magazine. It was appropriate as I spent summer 2009 with Richard at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM.
Since then, I have lived in Washington, D.C. After spending 2009-2011 living at Cornerstone Community, a home for recovering homeless addicts, I moved out to work full time with Sitar Arts Center, an after-school program offering arts education to families who wouldn’t afford it otherwise, where I taught piano and music theory.In 2015, I completed my Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Catholic University, and left Sitar to teach and work full time in my community in NE D.C. You can find some of my compositions here.
My wife and I live in community with other friends and neighbors, maintaining a commitment to hospitality in our Christ room in the tradition of Dorothy Day and many others.
Other projects of interest include Common Prayer: Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, for which I arranged and edited the songbook; the Nurturing Communities Project (headed by Reba Place Fellowship’s David Janzen); D.C. Area Community of Communities..
My writing interests usually are related to issues of theology, critiques of civil religion, ecclesiology, and language. I aspire to be as thoughtful a writer as Wendell Berry or Marilynne Robinson and as consistent a Christian practitioner as Dorothy Day.
I enjoy speaking engagements, and have preached sermons locally at my own church, Peace Fellowship Church (peacefellowshipchurch.org).
I’ve traveled as far as Kenya, where I spent a summer living with a pastor, preaching at churches and schools. I did a study trip to the cities of Sts. Paul and John, in Turkey and Greece in 2008, and made two trips to Nicaragua in 2011. In May 2013, I was a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation to Palestine, visiting with families and grassroots organizers who work for liberation and peace.