“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela
My educational background is diverse and like many of us, it only represents some of what I have learned and experienced in my life. And yet, I treasure it. These diplomas represent trajectories, directions in my path that opened doors.
Meadville Lombard Theological School
Master of Divinity
At Meadville-Lombard Theological School I was able to fully engage my heart and mind at the same time. My education there included the practical and the profound: topics ranged from the exploration of the deep human need for meaning making to the details of church administration. I wanted it to be transformative and it was.
From my experience at Iowa State University I learned that where life takes us is not always where we expect. I expected to become a genetic engineer. Instead I learned to trust my inner, ethical voice and to say yes to opportunities that I had only just begun to imagine. This openness ultimately gave me both my farm and my experience as a community college teacher. It was my experience with students that taught me how deeply I cared and how sometimes just a listening ear or some gentle guidance can make all the difference. Honestly, it opened the doors to ministry for me.
From the University of Minnesota – Duluth, where I earned my undergraduate in biology, I learned that I was capable. I also learned to appreciate the intricacy of the natural world and grow my understanding of our part in it.