I’m an author, preacher, retreat leader, spiritual director, and an Episcopal priest, among other things.
For ten years, I served in parish ministry with the people of St. John’s (Chicago), St. Benedict (Bolingbrook), and St. Chrysostom’s (Chicago). My first book, Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season was published in 2015 by Westminster John Knox Press, who also published Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebels in December 2017.
Before all that happened, I’d graduated with my M.Div. from The University of Chicago Divinity School in 2006 and a certificate in Anglican studies from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (now Bexley Seabury) a year later. I’ve also worked on organic farms, in a corporate law office, as pastor of a rural congregation in New England, and at Trader Joe’s. I’ve been married to minister, geographer, and programmer Adam Frieberg since 2008. We now in live in DeKalb, Illinois, with two cats and a beagle, in a snug brick colonial we renovated with lots of help from family and friends, a long story. We’re members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, DeKalb.
I’m also an oblate, or associate, at Holy Wisdom Monastery near Madison, Wisconsin, which is a Benedictine community centered around God, Christ, and Holy Spirit, as well as five monastic sisters (3 Roman Catholic, 1 Presbyterian, and 1 UCC), and hundreds of people who love them and their mission: prayer, hospitality, justice, and care for the earth.
For more of my story, check out the blog I kept from 2012-16 in the Chicago suburbs, The Vicar of Bolingbrook. , which chronicles life and ministry in a mysteriously diverse and seemingly soulless exurb that was in fact full of life, stories, and soul. Also, you’ll find a link to my 2014 sabbatical blog, “Stranger, Guest, Pilgrim” about a month I spent living in a hermitage as well as our travels to Jerusalem, Jordan, and Rome.
My latest project is a devotional for preachers, three volumes that will be companions to the Connections preaching reference series.