I grew up living in two cultural worlds: the world of church and family, and the world of school and of my secular friends. Just as I learned to speak two languages, I also learned to deftly navigate two very different cultural worlds. The upshot is that I am sensitive to social dynamics, diplomatic, and good at fitting in. The downside is that I can be a chameleon.
My psychology teacher in 11th grade rocked my world. He was brilliant and winsome--and an adamant atheist. He really got me thinking very seriously for the first time about why I believe what I believe. This started an intellectual and religious odyssey which has continued to the present day. I lost my faith in college, then had a re-conversion experience, ended up in divinity school (Yale), dabbled in ministry (one of the most incredible and challenging experiences of my life was working as a hospital chaplain), and then somehow--it's a long story--ended up back in graduate school studying philosophy, where my heart has slowly atrophied and my soul has shriveled. No, but seriously: I'm a hopeful agnostic. That's what I call an agnostic who prays.
I'm friends with a lot of different kinds of people and I like it that way. I have friends of different races, nationalities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and religious and political persuasions. I also have good friends who are my parents' age.
People often trust me with their secrets and stories and come to me for advice. I find it rewarding to journey with people through difficult times in their lives.
I care about the issues of poverty, equality, human rights, global justice, and sustainability.
I'm constantly seeking to learn and broaden my horizons.
I have done a fair bit of international traveling and I totally love it. I also am huge into the outdoors. My brother and I climbed "The Grand" (WY) last summer in a day--it was quite epic. I would far prefer going for a walk on the beach at sunset to watching television.
I'm on a journey of growth and discovery. I'm hoping to find a partner in crime, someone who wants to have fun exploring the world together, someone who wants to live intentionally and be in a growth-oriented relationship, someone who is relationally mature, someone with a little chutzpah who'll call me to the mat and take a challenge.
I'm also interested in non-romantic relationships. New friends are always great. Let me know if you want to hit the climbing gym or practice German or Spanish or Portuguese. I'm also looking for someone to give me surf lessons...