Love. Joy. Justice.
Born and raised in small-town North East Ohio, KC comes from a large extended family and what they will tell you are "very rust belt" roots. The grandchild of factory workers and the child of factory managers, KC received a B.A. in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University in 2010. As an undergraduate, KC was an active sister of Sigma Psi Sorority, where they served as community service chair and social chair, as well as Vice President of VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, and as President of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.
After college they went in search of meaningful work and after an election cycle as a field organizer for the Ohio Democratic Party, found what they had been looking for at Cleveland's independent feminist abortion provider, Preterm. They had begun attending the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland, their home church, shortly before this and found themselves spending their work week deep in conversation with individuals seeking abortion care -- helping them through emotional, financial, and physical concerns -- and their Sundays busy at church helping to create worship and community. This is when they first heard their call to ministry and set out to become the minister they are today.
KC moved across the country in 2013 to attend Starr King School for the Ministry as a high residency student. During their time in seminary they focused on art, aesthetics, liberatory thought and action, community building, and the radical theological tradition. As a seminarian, KC worked with UU youth as both a youth advisor and a Student Minister of Religious Education. They also spent time in activist spaces, developing queer community in the East Bay, starting the podcast Bad Fat Broads, presenting at and helping to organize the Abundant Bodies track at the Allied Media Conference, and participating as a protest chaplain in the 2014 Black Lives Matter protests.
After graduation in 2016, KC moved to Los Angeles to complete a year-long Clinical Pastoral Education residency at a mid-sized hospital in Burbank. As a resident KC was highly regarded by their peers and supervisors, as well as by medical and administrative staff throughout the hospital. They brought their broad education in world religions and their knowledge of liberatory theologies to their patients and classmates, and worked within the peer group to help other future chaplains better understand how to care for LGBT+ patients.
After completing their residency, KC kept themself busy with several projects. They worked as a Per Diem Chaplain; taught comprehensive sex education through More Than Sex Ed, preached regularly; made and sometimes sold art; did social media and digital assistant work for a few projects; had one-on-on spiritual direction clients; gave talks on gender, sexuality, and faith; and ran their own ministry passion project, QT Spirituality.
KC received preliminary fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association in March of 2018 and was ordained by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland on June 30th, 2018. Since ordination, Rev. KC has begun serving as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills, continued their work as a hospital chaplain, their work as a sex educator, and as an individual spiritual director. They can still be found guest preaching around Southern California (and occasionally in Vegas), making art at home, and tucked into the corners of coffee shops dreaming about interfaith queer community.
KC is a rust belt femme, non-traditional self-decorator, abortionista, bad fat bitch, and Unitarian Universalist scholartivist (scholar, artist, activist, and spiritual leader). They're about all multiple everything: bi/pansexual, polyamorous, and pantheistic. Their work blends their mystic UU Pagan faith (don't worry, they'll happily tell you too much about it if you ask), ministry, radical politics, heavy theory, joy, art, and living a queerly fabulous life in Los Angeles.