I’m a writer, editor and content lead based in New York City. Until recently, I was director of content for Patheos, the huge faith-based content site with sections ranging from Catholic and Evangelical to Pagan and Atheist. Before that I was editor at ecumenical faith-based book publisher Paraclete Press. I’ve been a contemplative for three decades, much of that practicing centering prayer. Also, I’m on the leadership team at St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn, NY. I’ve been a political party leader, videographer, web developer, tech journalist, punk roadie, software designer, sheepherder, stockbroker and downtempo radio DJ.
A common thread in a number of these roles is the process of learning about stuff, figuring (at least some of) it out and then sharing that understanding with others. Whether writing a column or working on a small team, I’m a lateral systemic thinker who sees the big picture, anticipates problems and imagines fresh approaches. A related thread is being a bridge or liaison between non-technical types — readers, management — and specialists — software coders, audio engineers, theologians, writers and graphic artists. I can speak to, understand and earn the respect of specialists and relate that information in a clear non-jargony way.
In this world filled with unfathomable waste of potential, lately I’ve been coming to focus on human flourishing, so that more people experience their world as substantially friendly, and feel they belong — to the global community of humans and to a local community that shares responsibility for each other. This is achieved primarily through dispelling or embracing differences — de-othering people. This means helping people see and focus on similarity rather than difference and build a sense of communal connection with humans across the globe, and with the planet itself.
Headshot photo: © 2009 Sari Henry