Crossing boundaries has been a constant feature in Steven’s life story: from rural to urban and Mormon to Unitarian, from university professor of Religious Studies and History to parish ministry, from US citizen to Vancouver resident. There have been constants as well: an obsession for learning, a passion for great music (from Bach to Shostakovich to Radiohead), a commitment to social justice, and a crazy love for his partner Diana and their four children.
He knows how to darn socks, clean a bathroom, read good stories out loud at bedtime, and shingle a roof. He wants to see religion work and be real – for it to deepen our spiritual and ethical lives and lead us to serve others and, by so doing, find our better selves.
BA, Brown University, 1979
MA, Divinity School, University of Chicago, 1980
PhD, Temple University, 1989
History Curator, 1986–1993
Assistant Professor of Religious History, 1993–96
Instructor, History of Philosophy and Ethics, 1996–98
Humanities Council Program Director, 1998–2000
Intern/Interim Unitarian Universalist Parish Minister, 2000–02
Parish Minister, 2002–present