About

393915_2229766675274_715286679_nI’ve been pastor of First United Lutheran Church in San Francisco (http://fulc.com) since 2004. First United is a progressive church, rooted in the Reformation tradition, which says that the church, our worship, and our music must always be re-forming. We believe that it’s more important to ask the questions than to know all the answers.

I’m also the dean of the San Francisco Conference of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (http://sfconfelca.org). The conference is comprised of ten congrega-tions and three affiliated outreach ministries; together we reflect the diversity of the Bay Area.

For two years I also served as the interim executive director of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco (http://interfaith-presidio.org) and served on the board for many years before that.  In 2005 I received my Doctorate in Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley in interfaith relationships. The title of my thesis is “Passing Over and Coming Back: What It Means to Be a Christian in an Interfaith World.” I enjoy leading workshops and retreats on interfaith matters, as well as teaching seminarians how to think about pastoring in a multi-faith environment.

I am a “proud member of the religious left” and an unapologetic progressive Christian. While I have been criticized by some as no longer being Christian and as a pastor for whom “anything goes,” I firmly reject those characterizations. I am most assuredly a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, as well as a seeker of the Cosmic Christ.  My preaching, teaching and worship leadership is based on sound theology and careful study. I would call myself a devotee of process theology with a hearty Lutheran flavor.

I suppose I’m not everyone’s idea of the perfect Christian. But if you’re interested in exploring the questions of faith in the 21st century, drop me a line.

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