As both a priest and theoretical physicist, I have the privilege of celebrating the mystery and beauty of God in creation in ways not always considered compatible. Exploring the fundamental laws of nature and how they shaped the history of the cosmos is like looking into an icon. Helping others to see God’s hand at work in this creation, to find in it joy and fullness of life, is similarly profoundly sacred. I am particularly concerned to help the Church remove barriers to that experience of abundant life and joy in creation, whether they are societal barriers of injustice or interior barriers of personal brokenness.
My husband Darrel and I arrived from Wisconsin in 2013, after journeys carrying us from one coast, to another, and now back again. We are both now on the faculty at UMass Amherst. I originally hail from Portland, Oregon; entered the ordination process while a Ph.D. student at Princeton; went to seminary at the Episcopal Divinity School while a physics post-doc at MIT; and was ordained priest in Norfolk, VA in 1994, shortly after becoming a professed member of the Franciscan Third Order. I am a cardio and weight-lifting fanatic, love travel, sports cars, Law and Order re-runs, and sharing beer and nachos with Darrel at the Dirty Truth in NoHo.