Experience

Professional Work Experience:

2009 Founder of Interfaith Services of The Low Country, Peter specializes in interfaith weddings and remembrances services. He also maintain a private practice in counseling, spiritual direction, energy healing, and astrological consultations.

2006-2009 Settled minister at the Unitarian Church in Charleston
Oldest Unitarian church in the South is also one of its most diverse congregations. Full range of ministerial responsibilities. Voluntary resignation to pursue an interfaith or community ministry

2004-2006 Interim Minister, The Unitarian-Universalist Church in Minetonka, MN. A 20 month interim, ending on June 20, 2006

2003-2004 Interim Minister, The Unitarian-Universalist society of Grafton & Upton Grafton, MA. A one year interim ending in July 2004.

2001-2002 Interim Minister, The Unitarian-Universalist Society East Manchester, Connecticut. The interim ended on June 15th, 2003.

2000-2001 Interim Minister, The Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples in Naples Florida. A one year assignment.

1999-2000 Interim Minister, the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Centre County. An 18 month interim position.

1998-1999 Executive Assistant, First Light/Huger Foundation. Assisting the Director in providing administrative, pastoral, and supportive services to individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families in a residential care setting in Phoenix. Additionally, I was in training to co-facilitate workshops on critical life experiences, changes, etc.

1999 Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Estrella Mountain Community College. Teaching introduction to Philosophy, and the world religions

1982- Private practice in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction. Inclusive, interfaith approach to life issues, relationships, grief, addiction, health, career concerns.

1985-93 Minister, The First Parish Unitarian Church in Beverly, Ma. Full Time Parish ministry: sermon preparation/delivery, counseling, rites of passage, adult religious education, administration, community liaison, interfaith cooperative services, and outreach projects.

1989- Facilitator/Connector for individuals who are interested in further studies in Creation Spirituality. Includes study groups, video series, worship experiences based on the writings of Matthew Fox, and the I.C.C.S. faculty (includes ecology, social justice)

1988-1998 New England/Southwest Coordinator for the Spiritual Emergence Network. Responsibilities include recruiting professional care givers, receiving phone calls and making referrals for people who are experiencing spiritual, mental, psychic and/or emotionally transforming episodes and who are needing support, information, counseling, etc.

1985-90 National President for the U-U Psi Symposium. An interfaith study and evaluation group that dealt with various aspects or approaches to spirituality, healing, metaphysics and parapsychology, etc..

1982-85 Minister, Channing Unitarian Church in Rockland, MA. A part-time position that was intergrated with college teaching, drug and alcohol agency counseling and giving holistic health workshops.

1980-82 Ordained as a Unitarian-Universalist Minister in June 1982; following an internship at First Parish Church, Norwell. The internship was for two years, 20 hours a week. As a ministerial training, it fully involved learning and responding to all the aspects of parish life.

1983-85 Staff Member at Life Arts Inc. Hanover, MA. A holistic health and counseling center. Teaching and counseling focus was on issues around mythology, men’s studies,grief and loss and world religions. I co-taught classes in nutrition, alternative approaches to healing, stress management, and preventative health care.

1973-84 Instructor at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA. 3-4 credit Courses taught were Sociology, Marriage & Family, abnormal & General Psychology. Received high evaluation ratings for teaching performance.

1977-80 Joint ownership and co-provider of an in-house hospice, Suntide, in Marshfield Hills, MA.

1977-79 Volunteer chaplain, Plymouth County House Of Correction, Plymouth, MA. Also offered services at MCI Bridgewater, a maximum security facility.

1975-77 Drug Unit Coordinator for the City of Taunton, MA. Supervision of paraprofessionals, leading community education, lead paint prevention, court liaison, and a polydrug caseload.

Educational Background

2000-06 Participant in the Interim Ministry Network certification program sponsored by the UUA. It is a year long intensive training in all aspects of interim ministry as a special vocational call.

1998- Chaplain Intern /CPE Training Program through Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix and Glendale. Assigned to Thunderbird Samaritan Medical Center in Glendale.20 hours+ a week program of supervised education and the application of psycho-spiritual methods for pastoral care within a hospital setting. Second unit of CPE experience.

1997 Basic Training in Interim Ministry within the Unitarian-Universalist Association. Drawing from ecumenical readings and source material, this training covered the pastoral issues of transition, termination, etc.

1995 Completed a Ph.D. in Theology and Spirituality from Greenwich University, School of Theology, London, England. Appointed a tutor/adjunct faculty member for social sciences and for ministerial preparation and religious studies through Greenwich University.

1991 Ordination into a independent Catholic priesthood; a non-Roman, non-dogmatic and democratic Early Church movement, that fosters personal spiritual maturity and is dedicated to a “monastery without walls” approach. Affiliated with the White Robed Monks in the Order of St. Benedict. (approved by the UUMA Fellowship Committee)

1987-89 Completed an 18 Month certificate completion in Spiritual Formation and Direction through the Shalem Institute in Washington, D.C

1981 Awarded a Masters in Divinity from Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, MA. Includes the full unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.

1973-93 Completed various advanced levels or trainings given by Arica Institute, a school of spiritual psychology, metaphysics, esoteric philosophy, exercises, and meditation.

1973 Attended a 30-hour course on Family Therapy theory and techniques by Liberty Street Associates, Newton/ Danvers, MA.

1972 Completed a Masters in Education degree from Suffolk University, Boston, MA. Emphasis on community mental health and counseling.

1971 Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and theatre from Roger Williams College,(University) Bristol, Rhode Island.

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