Once upon a time, I was a high school kid who had a blistering fire in his belly for transforming and uniting the world. That kid named Me was also super religious and completely into Jesus. So as a result I tried doing a bunch of cool religiousy stuff as my method of community change—a necessary precursor to global change. Some of it was cool and won an award and whatever. And then eventually I moved to The Big City of Chicago where I picked up a couple educational degrees and pastored a couple churches. For twelve years I served as an evangelical pastor, and honestly I loved every moment of it.
But then I came to the point where I just didn’t believe all the god-stuff anymore. And so I left the ministry. And my life kind of totally flipped completely upside-down for a spell. I write pretty in-depth about this stuff (and a lot more) in my second book, available here. But then, eventually, I pulled my shit together using some super chill bootstraps and started moving forward. This too is in the book (along with bunches of other stuff), still available here.
Life 2.0 has proved quite a ride. One of my greatest joys has been discovering and then leading The Clergy Project, a 501(c)3 providing peer support services, community resourcing, and career development assistance to over 800 religious leaders in 34 countries around the world who—like me!—found themselves no longer able to believe in the supernatural. Along the way I’ve also participated in a variety of other nonprofit organizations, picked up a life and career coaching certification, trained in the LPI Seven Steps for Clarity and Results,™ and started more than a handful of entrepreneurial projects and businesses.
But basically, I just love humanity and love being human. And within that sphere, I love things like sanity and adventure and community, and I’m fascinated by a study of human potential and the diversity of personality strengths.
My love of life continues… a good challenge, a mighty comeback, a hearty laugh, irreverent comedy, those brave enough to tell it like it is, those confident enough to put me in my place, a good sumatra roast, a generous pour of Highland Park neat, a great walk along the lakeshore on a breezy summer day, running through the grass in the sunshine with my shoes off, canoing down hidden rivers before getting drenched in the rain, sushi dates with my daughters, a well-marbled ribeye with a mysteriously gorgeous brunette, free-flowing inquiry, bottomless conversation, the audacity to try solving just one of the world’s problems over bitching about your neighbor.
Oh and I love the idea of partnering with all of you in this thing we call life. To make the most of it together. For one another, and for our entire human existance.
Let’s kick up some dust and have some fun together.
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