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Rachel is a practitioner and scholar of contemplative theology, peace-building, interreligious 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 loves traveling and has discovered pilgrimage as a central narrative for her life. Rachel currently works full time as a staff chaplain at the Jack Bryne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care, part of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center campus in Lebanon, NH. In the past Rachel worked as an interfaith staff chaplain at several Boston-area hospitals and she also taught Spiritual Caregiving to volunteers working with elders. In addition Rachel offers Spiritual Direction to directees in person and over Skype.
In addition to full time work in chaplaincy and teaching, Rachel has lead pilgrimages to Assisi, Italy and co-leads short-term programs for the Soul of Leadership Program. Both of these programs, the pilgrimages and the Soul of Leadership Program are programs of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.
Rachel lives in Strafford, Vermont with her husband Ben, her son Gideon and their cat Miss Marple. Her family attends Hanover Friends Meeting and is finding ways to participate in that spiritual community. 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 making videos, quilting, taking photos, exploring the outdoors and writing.