I have spent my professional life working at the intersection of spirituality and social justice, both as Executive Director of several non-profit organizations and as a pastor. Although my doctoral work is in early Anglican spirituality, I have spent many years exploring connections between Christian and Buddhist contemplative traditions. I have written, spoken, and taught on topics ranging from spirituality to fundraising. Related my debut novel, Flute on a Misty Sea, I have studied the Japanese martial art of Aikido for 25 years (in which I hold a second-degree black belt), and I have also practiced the Japanese flute -- the shakuhachi -- for over 20 years. I have spent time in Japan studying both these disciplines, which I have also taught and which are part of my own (eclectic) spiritual practice. I live in Washington, DC, with my wife, our two (pandemically) stir-crazy children, and three rescued pets (a grumpy old dog and two cats).
Flute on a Misty Sea
Flute on a Misty Sea is a 109,000 word literary-historical tale of adventure, love, and redemption. Set in 18th-century Japan, Kurosawa Kinko -- a disgraced zen monk and samurai -- is expelled from his temple in Nagasaki, an humiliation that sets him on a year-long quest to Edo to restore his honor. His odyssey across Japan is beset by dangers from his past and the political intrigues of the Tokugawa shogunate. Peopled with spies, geishas, and warrior monks, Kinko’s journey takes the reader on a richly-textured exploration of feudal Japan and the complexities of the human spirit.