Bienvenidxs | Welcome

I’m an artist in ministry who believes in the soft power of beauty, color, and creativity to engage and transform.

 I believe in our liberal faith tradition and in our capacity to inspire, challenge, and support people to grow spiritually while working to create “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”

The religious landscape is rapidly changing, and in order for our congregations to thrive, we need a new model that is more relevant and engaging.

A Ministry of Beauty and Wonder

“God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.”

– Dag Hammarskjöld

 I’m on a mission to re-vitalize the religious life, infusing it with rituals of beauty and celebration; rejoicing in the power of the community when we come together.

I strongly believe that the creative process and the experiences of joy and wonder are not only essential for our humanity but are also needed for resisting social injustices and to create a vibrant future for our faith tradition.

"The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible."

-Toni Cade Bambara

The Art of Ministry

I identify as an artist in ministry, and I’m passionate about creating uplifting, multi-sensory worship experiences that help us re-connect to the sacred in our lives.

I also believe it’s important to incorporate liturgical elements that engage the multiple ways in which people learn and experience the sacred.

The Poetry of Ministry

“The poetry of your ministry is a blessing.”

-UUFWS Congregant

(best compliment ever!)

Brief bio:

I come from the Taíno people of the Caribbean islands, from African ancestors, and from Spanish settlers. I was born and raised in Cuba, and in 1995 I migrated with my family to the United States as political refugees, with the help of World Relief.
In 2006, I received an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College, VT, and I’m currently in my third year of seminary at Meadville Lombard Theological School.
I am passionate about exploring alternative ways of doing ministry, social justice, and worship, incorporating creativity, embodied practices, and a lot of soul.

My Call is:

to create the conditions that lead to the flourishing of all life, to the wholeness of human beings;

to create heaven here on earth, by which I mean, to do the work of social justice to remove the obstacles that oppress all forms of life on this planet AND to realize that “earth is crammed with heaven!”

to facilitate the practices that address the longings/impulses that human-beings have to worship, to experience awe, to give gratitude, to live fully the human experience, and to live in community.