Here are the basics:
My name is Rachael Keefe and I have been ordained in the United Church of Christ since 1992. I have served in parish, community, and health care settings. Currently, I am the pastor of Living Table, United Church of Christ. If you’re in Minneapolis, please come by and say hello.
I chose to start writing this blog for many reasons not the least of which is that I’m tired of people thinking the “Christian Right” represents the whole of Christianity. So I’ve decided to write from the more “left” side of things. And, to keep myself from being repetitive or exceedingly boring, I’ve decided to use the Revised Common Lectionary as a guide. For those of you who are looking for sermon help, I don’t promise to provide it, but I will post by Thursday.
As a faith leader in the mental health field, particularly around suicidality, I have been a pastoral psychotherapist and clinical chaplain. I served on the New Hampshire State Suicide Prevention Council before moving to Minnesota. I am a frequent presenter and speaker on the topics related to congregations and mental health and more focused topics around suicide and suicidality. I also serve on the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network Board of Directors and will soon be the vice chair.
I hold two masters degrees from Princeton Theological and a doctoral degree from Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School.
Other random facts about me: I have 2 cats, I have a wonderful spouse, I like painting, and I am grain, corn, yeast, and dairy free. If, by chance, you are interested in what I have to say about things not related to the RCL, check out my other blog: Far Afield. If you want to hear what I have to say about an assortment of other things, check out my Vlog: Monday’s Muse.
For more information about me, and my writing, or to learn more about any of my books, please visit my new website at http://beachtheology.com.