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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. She has recently worked as a part-time interfaith staff chaplain at several New England hospitals and as a teacher of Spiritual Caregiving to volunteers working with elders. Rachel also offers Spiritual Direction to directees in person and over Skype.
In addition to full time work in chaplaincy and teaching, Rachel leads 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. 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, taking photos, exploring the outdoors and writing.