About Alison

I live in Portland, Oregon with my family of 4 people, 3 cats and one dog. Music is my greatest spiritual medicine. I've been singing with First Unitarian Church's choirs since 1994, and with a local band since 2017. Other ways that I connect with the divine include getting outside (hiking, camping, staring at the waves), spending time with animals, writing, art, social justice action, reading tarot cards, and yoga. My current project is adding native plants to my yard to support our local wildlife, as part of the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.

I joined First Unitarian Church in my mid-twenties in 1993, having had virtually no church experience before that. I was drawn to First Church because of the music program, inspiring sermons, and the supported freedom to establish, and evolve, my own beliefs or lack thereof. I fully embrace the "spiritual-but-not-religious" philosophy for myself, but I believe that there are many paths to spiritual wholeness, and that a shared creed is not needed in order to share understanding. I welcome and celebrate clients of any religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national origin, age, and ability.