Personal Connection to Autism
I have been happily married to an autistic person since 2010. I also have several autistic folks in my extended family.
Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe (she/her) has served in many, varied academic, clinical, and congregational and community-based ministry settings since her ordination in 1992. She holds graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Seminary at Yale (formerly Andover Newton Theological School).
Rachael has been a consistent advocate for youth, queer and trans people, people with development disabilities and those with mental health challenges. She currently serves on numerous boards and committees, and presents at conferences often, covering various mental health and faith topics. Her ministry and leadership often center around advocacy and mental health ministry. Her writing has been published by Chalice Press, The Christian Century, Red Letter Christians, Working Preacher, RevGalBlogPals, and others.
More About the Author
I'm glad to be part of this project. The lack of understanding around autism is astounding and changing that is essential. While I am not autistic, autism has always been in my life - personally with family members or professionally as a therapist, pastor, chaplain, or spiritual director.
When I am not writing or otherwise working, I'm likely creating something. Crocheting and oil painting are my favorite mediums for creating beauty, though I am always up for trying a new art form or craft. I also do a lot of walking with our dog, Morgan. We've logged thousands of miles together over the last several years. If the weather doesn't allow for walking, I use my water rowing machine to keep active.
Oh, and I have a love for goats. They make me laugh.
One of my favorite places to visit is the Farm at the Minnesota Zoo. They have goats which often like to have their backs scratched. Goats always bring me joy.