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The Cross of the Path by Reverend Woody Shook
The Cross of the Path by Reverend Woody Shook

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After a very successful career in Software Development and IT management in the nonprofit/fundraising, medical services and telecommunications industries, I finally responded to the call I’d been avoiding for a quarter of a century and returned to the life of a student, graduating with a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in May of 2013.

For three years I was the Minister for a wonderful new congregation, ARK Community Church in Dalton, MA.  But, found I could not do justice to a career in the ministry in parallel with my growing focus on community and government.  So, while I still occasionally appear in ministerial roles, my primary focus is now on politics and social justice.  Besides that (and writing and gardening) I am enjoying life with my wife and son here in the Boston area.

Ministry and Theology as evidenced and enacted through Politics, Philosophy and History are the focus of his blog.

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