Rev. Allison Moore grew up in Southern California, loving God and the ocean (and her family and all the usual things!). She spent her college years (12 of them) in Boston, intending to teach in universities or seminaries. While working in a battered women's shelter in New York City however, she found herself helping women who had often been told by their religious institutions to stay in abusive relationships and honor their other, more life-giving experiences of God. Rev. Moore likes praying and teaching in holistic settings, which describes parish ministry well for her. For the past 15 years she has worked with the Church of the Good Shepherd, while raising children in Fort Lee. The congregation faces all the typical struggles of mainline churches today--the worship the church offers serves well folks who grew up in the church, but it doesn't seem relevant to many folks who are looking for "spirituality but not religion." Rev. Moore is eager to blog on Patch in hopes of starting conversations with folks who seek meaning, values, community and experiences of the divine in their daily lives.