My theological beliefs are in a constant state of formation and reformation. Both Unitarianism and Universalism have rich and long histories of diverse theological viewpoints. I am influenced by both traditions, although I am also affected by other religious traditions, as well. For example, I resonate greatly with the strong emphasis Unitarians place on reason and science, encouraging questioning and thinking critically about the complex ideas that are within the realm of theological and cosmological thought. I appreciate the openness and love that Universalism extolls, viewing the grace of God to be limitless and received without qualification. My heart is overjoyed by the beauty and diversity of human experience: I value and honor the authenticity of these experiences as being both sacred and true to at least the individual(s) who experienced it. I celebrate the changing of the seasons and the finiteness of human life, knowing our lives are precious gifts and they need to be treated as such. I see the power of meditation and reflection in spiritual practice as influenced by many Eastern and Native American traditions. Service and social justice work is also integral to my theological worldview because through it we arrive at a notion that “love is the spirit of this church and service its prayer.” Ultimately, my theological beliefs are continually shifting and I believe they will continue to evolve as I progress through my journey in seminary.