1. to make holy or set apart for holy use

2. to respect greatly

Welcome! I’m Esther (she/her; zhe/zher). I’m a graduate Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist multireligious seminary in Oakland, CA.

Hallowed Be chronicles my ongoing reflections on the meanings of faith, belief, and the sacred. It’s also home to some of my liturgical writings, as well as information about my approach to various spiritual offerings. If you are interested in inquiring about my availability for spiritual direction or to create ritual, ceremony, or other sacred space with you, please read through my offerings pages to see if you find resonance there, and then contact me at esther at hallowedbe dot org.

A Little More About Me 

I met Jesus in my grandmother’s kitchen at age 4, and I have given him nothing but trouble since then. After spending the first 18 years of my life as an active member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), I caught a case of spiritual curiosity from which I have never recovered. I am currently in the process of becoming Jewish.

I love dark chocolate, Star Trek, and tabletop RPGs (I play and GM!). I am disabled; I live with ME/CFS, two types of OI (osteogenesis imperfecta and orthostatic intolerance), among several other conditions. I am synesthete, a dreamer, and an avid fan of long, ambling walks on fine rainy days.

I graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2010, where I studied Asian Studies and Women’s Studies. I spent eleven months in 2011-2012 as a Fulbright Grantee in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. After working in Taiwan for a year and a half, I moved back to the land many people currently call the United States where I worked as a faith-based community organizer and higher education student life professional before entering seminary. I am very excited to find out what I will do next.