For 25 years I was a theological librarian, first at the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary in New York, then for two and a half years as library director at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and then, from 2003 to May of 2015 at the General Theological Seminary in New York City as the Director of the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library. (or its Facebook Page). I was a member of the faculty of that institution until circumstances caused most of us to leave. You can follow the links on this page or read about it here.
I’m an Episcopal Priest and from November 2014 to July 2016 I served on Sundays at Trinity Episcopal Church of Morrisania in the Bronx. It is a wonderful community of great faith and courage and it was a joy to serve there. Since then, I have been serving congregations as an intentional interim. I work with them to find their health and vitality so that their discernment of their new direction grows out of that healthy faith and not out of anxiety about what has happened in the past or fear of the future. I owe a lot in to Rob Voyle whose Appreciative Inquiry approach has helped give language to my best pastoral instincts and to integrate those with solid and fearless theology. I completed certification in Appreciative Transitional Ministry in July 2017.
This blog mostly has sermons that I’ve preached, as well as some posts that I have found important to share, sometimes written by others.
I am married to Paula Schaap and we live in Yonkers, where I spend as much time as possible gazing at the beautiful Hudson River and the Palisades on the other side.