Who Am I?

I’m a second-career pastor in western Massachusetts.  I’m ordained in the United Church of Christ.

For the past three years I have been balancing two primary ministries, a church ministry and a chaplaincy.  Specifically, I serve churches as an intentional interim pastor.  I also have been serving a homeless shelter for veterans.  Both were part-time.  I recently became full-time at the shelter. The shelter program is  Soldier On. I also do a little hospice chaplaincy as well for Hospice Care in the Berkshire.

I also serve the United Church of Christ in a couple of capacities.  One, I’m working on revising the methodology for clergy compensation in the Massachusetts Conference.  Second, I am part of a national committee to revise our denomination’s Manual on Ministry.  If you poke around their website and search on my name, several worship liturgies will appear as well as a couple of sermons.

Ministry has been one of my longest career choices.  I got an undergraduate degree in urban and regional planning and to this day keep an active interest in public policy.  Just prior to entering seminary, I spent a number of years doing information technology and did training for many years even after my ordination.

I’m politically and theologically progressive – some might even say liberal.  I’m not registered with any political party.

I read a lot.  Typically, I read three or four newspapers on most days.  I read articles from the New York Review of Books or Foreign Affairs, but I’m also apt to pick up People magazine when I’m at the doctor’s office.  I also read a lot of stuff on ministry, the church, theology … you get the drift.

I have a wife and two daughters.  One daughter is still in college studying to be an acoustical engineer.  The other is a music therapist, who also happens to work at the same hospice I work.  I play violin passably.  All of us in the family are pretty musical.  I also enjoy food, both cooking it and eating it.

I hold my church membership at the United Church of Christ in Lenox, Church on the Hill.

Thanks for reading this blog.


3 Responses to Who Am I?

  1. jf says:

    Is that a close-up of a cello?
    Maybe it is something at church?
    I read and gave thought to all of your posts. Good luck with this, I hope you reach many and enjoy updating your blog.

  2. sharanam says:

    Thanks for stopping by. We have an awful lot in common! My undergraduate degree is in religion, then I got a master’s in public policy, I worked in IT and operations for 10 years, and then started training as a chaplain. I’m now pursuing a PhD in practical theology. I hope to find a home outside of academia where I can be both a practitioner and a theologian (albeit in the Buddhist sense of the word) some day … Incidentally, I have spent most of my life in the NW corner of Connecticut.

  3. Xibee says:

    Trying to become employed in Seattle alongside the Amazon culture is proving very difficult for me. I believe it may also be a double barrel issue:

    1) a Northwestern culture of caution and distrust in hiring in general, and
    2) a recent rush of Seattlites to think of their city as the new Silicon Valley.

    Put together I think this creates a sort of perfect storm — employers think they need only accept the best and brightest, but since there is seemingly a newly endless influx of those, only the most productive of those — hence the ones you can work to all hours or from whom you can expect extra eager beaver efforts. When you add to that how many in our economy are desperate for employment, it makes for a horrible, almost 1890s sweatshop mentality: but a lot faster paced, due to technology.

    I am still searching for a “normal” work-life balance in this environment.

    (Ps: Q, pls contact me via e-mail, you know me from C-U days.)

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