Hi, I'm Willow.
I discovered Goddess in the late 1990s when I was introduced to feminist and egalitarian substrata of contemporary Judaism while pursuing possible conversion to Judaism, which was primarily prompted by my thirst for tradition and heritage, something I was missing as an Evangelical Christian who was accustomed to converted-industrial-park megachurches and rock-and-roll praise songs.
Eventually I found racism, classism and sexism within Judaism unbearable, which led me to Unitarian Universalism (where she also found “green-washed” classism and ideological elitism) and then to progressive Protestantism (where she found crippling denominational bureaucracy and church politics).
I served as an ordained priest in a couple of minor spin-off Reformed Catholic churches from 2005 to 2007. During that time, I served as the Oregon state representative for the denominational office (the formal title was the Episcopal Vicar of Oregon), worked to establish congregations in Portland area and to strengthen the denomination’s presence in the Pacific Northwest, and worked to introduce aspects of Christian feminist theology and liberation theology to the otherwise conservative East Coast denomination. This was seen as a heresy by many in the top leadership and ultimately I was expelled from the church. Around this time I was also a Benedictine Oblate affiliated with the Sacred Heart Monastery of Yankton, South Dakota, as well as with the Benedictine Way autonomous group of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, Portland, Oregon.
In the last couple of years I have studied and therefore have been influenced by the New Thought movement, initially as a subject of my academic research and later as I began incorporating its teachings into my life to witness many transformations.
A long-time resident of northwestern Oregon since 1997, I have been involved with some of the locally-based Neo-Pagan organizations in the past and present, including now defunct Full Circle Temple as well as SisterSpirit.
In 2011, I also founded and organized what was then known as the Interfaith Guild of Chaplains, a group loosely affiliated with the Protest Chaplains and the Occupy Wall Street movement. In this capacity, I brought together ministers and seminarians representing a wide range of faith traditions and put together over 20 different services, both interfaith and tradition-specific, during the 40 days of Occupy encampment.
While I considers myself to be a centrist in political matters, I am strongly rooted in feminism and is always mindful of how patriarchy and gender affect the society at large, as well as my own thinking and behaviors. My political inspirations include Eva Peron, Dorothy Day, and more contemporary, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
I am presently pursuing her Master of Divinity degree in feminist theology which is expected in the summer of 2018. In addition, my experiences include non-profit management and leadership, community organizing, fine art, entrepreneurship, and journalism.
Aside from work in the field of religious feminism, I am a mid-career fine artist, as well as a business owner in the field of brand communication and public relations for small entreprises.
As of July 2016, I am a licensed priestess affiliated with Belladonna Sanctuary, a California 501(c)(3) religious organization.
My ministries focus on queer femmes (including non-binary femmes) who live in the margins of society and those who are alienated by both conventional patriarchal religions as well as by many of modern-day women’s spirituality organizations.