Chris Highland Event

Note your calender! February 28th in Young 198 from 6pm-9pm Chris Highland will give a speech with questions titled Wallbuilders or Bridgebuilders: Spiritual and Secular in Service! Please come out and enjoy the event and discuss the conjunction of secular and religious goals.

Chris Highland is a teacher, writer and social worker in the SF Bay Area. He earned a Bachelor degree in Philosophy and Religion from Seattle Pacific University before receiving his Master of Divinity through the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

While a seminary student, Chris helped organize the first Interfaith Student Group through Davis Community Church and Newman Center. On a number of occasions he met with Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders at Hillel and taught a course on World Religions.

His work in Davis led to many years as an Interfaith Chaplain in Marin County where he served as the first Interfaith Chaplain in the Marin County Jail (available to 10,000 inmates a year) before becoming the Street Chaplain with houseless people. He also served as a Parish Associate with a Presbyterian Church, taught courses on Sacred Scriptures of the World in congregations and was a field ministry supervisor for seminary students.

Chris left his Christian ordination in 2001, continuing his chaplaincy work until 2005. For three years he lived in a tiny cabin on an island in the Northwest where he built forest trails, worked on an organic farm and helped operate a drop-in center for youth. He returned to the Bay Area to teach at Dominican University before becoming the Director of the County Emergency Winter Shelter. He is now the Manager of Tam House, cooperative housing for low-income seniors, teaches chaplaincy courses for Cherry Hill Seminary and writes.

He is a member of The Clergy Project, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the Secular Students Speakers’ Bureau.

Chris is the author of ten books including Meditations of John Muir, My Address is a River and Life After Faith. His primary website is

. His wife Carol is a Presbyterian Minister and works as the Executive Director of the Marin Interfaith Council, actively networking with diverse faith groups and Freethinkers. They live in San Rafael.


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