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Rachel is a practitioner and scholar of contemplative theology, peace-building, inter-religious dialogue and spiritual caregiving. She holds a graduate degree in teaching from Towson University and a religious studies graduate degree from the Earlham School of Religion. Rachel is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker).
Rachel currently works from home doing video editing, offering spiritual direction & soul care sessions and teaching classes in inter-religious spiritual direction. Rachel is also working on a doctorate in theology with a focus on clinical pastoral psychotherapy. Rachel recently worked full time as a palliative care chaplain at a local hospital and she hopes to return to hospice and palliative care chaplaincy in the future. In the past Rachel has also worked as an interfaith staff chaplain at several Boston-area hospitals and she taught Spiritual Caregiving to volunteers working with elders.
Rachel lives in Strafford, Vermont with her husband Ben, her children Gideon and Galilee and their cat Miss Marple. Her family attends Hanover Friends Meeting and is finding ways to participate in local spiritual community-Quaker and otherwise. Rachel appreciates opportunities to preach at local churches, teach spiritual caregiving to volunteers and offer grief support groups. In her free time, she studies Spanish, herbalism, and gourmet cooking. Rachel enjoys hosting friends and family for great food and board games. She also loves gardening, quilting, weaving, taking photos, exploring the outdoors.