Bio

Thanks so much for visiting my site!  Here's a little bit about me.

By profession I am a United Methodist Clergywoman, serving as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Bible Society, one of the oldest Bible Societies in the US.  I was hired in April of 2007 to re-invent the historic institution for the 21st century.  How fun is that?  I'm having a ball.

In my years of parish ministry I had three books published:

Blowing the Lid Off the God-Box: Opening Up to a Limitless Faith (Morehouse, 2005)

God's Top 10: Blowing the Lid Off the Commandments (Morehouse, 2006) Available now only in e-book format.

God With Skin On: Finding God's Love in Human Relationships (Morehouse, 2009)

As part of my work promoting biblical literacy, understanding and dialogue for MBS, I have also produced a series of three Bible studies called Exploring the Bible: The Dickinson Series.  These have received strong academic endorsements and are being used across the US in churches of all kinds as well as in prisons, homeless shelters, retirement centers, and seminaries. All royalties from these sales go directly to the work of the Massachusetts Bible Society.

My newest book is New Vision for an Old Story: Why the Bible Might Not Be the Book You Think It Is. (Eerdmans, 2018)

I'm currently working on a new, four-volume series for the Massachusetts Bible Society called Exploring Justice: The Ten Commandments. Like Exploring the Bible, this is a curriculum designed for use in small groups. The first volume, titled Priorities, will be available in Q2 of 2019. Also like the Bible study series, all royalties from sales of this series go directly to MBS. The theme and purpose is similar to God's Top 10--to explore social justice issues through the lens of the Ten Commandments. This series is a greatly expanded treatment of the topic while also being updated, and formatted as a curriculum.

I was born and raised in Rhode Island, got a B.A. in German and English (with honors in German) from Bucknell University in 1980 and my M.Div. from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1994. I was ordained as an Elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1997 and transferred home to New England 1999.

I have served United Methodist churches as a pastor in Cross City, FL; Gainesville, FL; Dover, NH; and Westford, MA.  It all added up to 13 years in the local church before taking the MassBible position.  I'm a member of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and won the Wilbur C. Ziegler Award for Excellence in Preaching from them in 2000.

I am now living in Sandwich, MA, and am a member of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.  My father's line connects with that of Stephen Hopkins back with my great, great grandfather.

You can read about the above photo with Cardinal Sean O'Malley in this article from the Huffington Post.

I'm available for speaking, preaching and workshops.  Just drop me a line through my contact link.

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