life at the intersection of authenticity, justice, and the sacred
“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.”
Amanda is a poetic truth-teller and fierce advocate for racial equity, economic justice, women's leadership, and the freedom to live, love, and express one's authentic gender and sexual identities. Raised in a suburb of Detroit, she later studied in England and Honduras, where she provided emergency relief in the wake of Hurricane Mitch. Through her work with the Appalachia Service Project in college, Amanda was drawn to the beauty of the mountains and later made her home in Asheville, North Carolina, where she worked with people living with HIV/AIDS. A Woodruff scholar at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Amanda earned her Masters of Divinity with certificates in Black Church Studies and Church & Community programs. In Atlanta she coordinated the Georgia chapter of Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), organizing anti-war protests and educational programs, as well as authoring curricula on redirecting federal budget priorities away from militarism toward human and environmental needs.
After serving as a Minister of Christian Education, Amanda conspired with the Rev. Sara Wilcox to co-found the thriving, exquisite community of Land of the Sky United Church of Christ in Asheville. They co-pastored this school-of-love together for eight years, blessing the most intimate moments of community life—birth and death, breaking bread and sharing stories, the joining together of lives and the winding labyrinth of grief. Amanda is ordained in the United Church of Christ and served as part of the first cohort for Wake Forest Divinity School's "Clergy Making a Place" program for clergy leaders. Her training in domestic violence response, the new sanctuary movement, transgender advocacy, and anti-racism has led to active participation in deeply valued coalitions that span religious traditions.
In June of 2017 Amanda relocated to northern Virginia with her spouse, Seth, and red-headed boys, Myles (12) and Simon (6) to embark on a season of quietude through writing, contemplative practice, sacred activism, and spiritual direction. A lover of words and cultivator of contemplative spirituality, Amanda enjoys reading, preaching, writing, and teaching. As a vegetarian, she nourishes wellness through running, meditation/prayer, yoga, frequenting the farmer's market, and gardening. As a parent and former pastor, she is committed to mindful parenting, comprehensive sexuality education for kids and youth, and supporting families with special needs. Perhaps most importantly, she seeks to honor the sacred in every person she encounters and the wellbeing of the Earth's family of all living things.