I am a priest in the Episcopal Church (Diocese of Colorado) and Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, an Anglican seminary affiliated with the University of Toronto. My doctorate from Yale Divinity School is in systematic theology.
I grew up in Berkeley, California, and studied music and art history before going to seminary. Following ordination and work in Burundi (East Africa), I served congregations in Brooklyn, Cleveland, New Haven, Stamford, and Pueblo. I have taught at Yale University and Iliff Seminary, as well as at the Episcopal seminary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
I have also written and edited several books, including The End of the Church (about how the Holy Spirit works in Church division), Spirit and Nature (about how the Holy Spirit is an intrinsically disputed actor), Hope Among the Fragments (how we live in a divided Church), and a theological commentary on Leviticus. My involvement in the life of the Anglican Communion, as well as in broader ecumenical affairs, has informed my most recent book, A Brutal Unity: how can we be “one” if we disagree so fundamentally about things? I live in Toronto with my wife, the Rev. Annette Brownlee, and our two children.