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 (not too fundy a place: Yale), worked as a hospital chaplain (one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life), 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. Just kidding. I'm a hopeful agnostic. That's an agnostic who prays. And I love what I do. I am incredibly grateful to get to live in beautiful San Diego and study stuff I'm passionate about.
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.
Love travel. Love the outdoors. Keep in good shape. (These are grammatically bastardized, free-standing predicates, not imperatives).
I'm hoping to find a partner in crime, someone who is passionate and kind, thoughtful and open-minded, someone who wants to live intentionally and be in a growth-oriented relationship, someone with a little chutzpah, someone who wants to dream, debate, laugh, cry, and celebrate life together.
I'm also always up for making new friends.