A branch of the WFU School of Divinity keeping you informed
What brought you to Wake Divinity?
A combination: the size of the school, its ecumenical nature, and a roommate who did her undergraduate at Wake Forest and spoke highly of the University.
Where do you hail from?
Phoenix, AZ. It’s an awesome city because it is the only place in the world where saguaro cacti grow.
That’s interesting. Do you write about that on your blog? Do you still keep that up?
I’ve kind of backed off from it now because it is so publicly accessible. I still write on it from time to time, but on different issues. Most recently, I wrote about how the U.S. Supreme Court needs to overturn DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and I published my sermon from chapel last week.
God and NY Times! It was a chance to discuss the nature of religion in current events under the guidance of a highly knowledgeable professor and James Dunn. Legitimately, though, it was because we discussed religious events making it into the NY Times with such seriousness and dedication twice a week for an hour and a half.
Do you get ever get stressed out from the subject matter in classes or your course load?
Yes, I get stressed out from time to time.
How do you cope?
You should read my Facebook wall sometime. Well, you need to get Facebook, first.
True. We all know you are a great pastry chef. My favorite concoctions were the Guinness Double Chocolate Brownies and the Bacon Cheesecake Brownies from yesteryear. What was your most memorable creation?
I call it “the Phili-Quake” because it came forth from both cake and pie. It consisted of three cakes and three pies, with the pies stacked inside the cakes. It caused Tom Frank to ask me to explain myself.
I remember that one. Wasn’t that the baking that led to an appearance by the Winston-Salem Fire Department?
Yes, it was. They had to come see if I had set 1012 Polo on fire.
Nice. What is something no one knows about you?
Well… my life is pretty much documented.
Let me try again. What is something no one knows about you other than your parents, your siblings, your close friends, your fiancée…? Okay, better question, what is something first years might not know about you? And that you don’t mind them finding out?
I used to be a very conservative Republican. Then I went to a hippie college, Northern Arizona University, and that all changed. I’m not sure how it happened, but it just did.
If you didn’t come to divinity school, what would you be doing?
I would probably be the general manager of a hotel somewhere.
Reflecting on your time here, what has been your most formative experience?
Meeting Caitie, for obvious reasons. (Writer’s Note: Awwwwww!)
Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
Well, I will still be baking, of course. But I’m sure I’ll be pastoring a congregation somewhere on planet Earth.
Do you have any words of wisdom for the rising third year class?
Avoid classes before 11 o’clock at all cost so you can sleep in.
Do you have any words of wisdom for the incoming class?
Don’t take yourself so seriously; you’ll never survive.
Twenty-two days left until exams are over. What will you do you first?
You mean 13 until my last day of classes? Thirty-two until graduation? I’m going to take a nap.