Doug McKinney


Doug McKinney BA ’70 writes: “I am so grateful for L&C, a wonderful foundation for learning, relationships, and life. Following graduation and a move to Berkeley, I attended the Graduate Theological Union, where I studied Greek, Hebrew, theology, and ministry. In 1978, I traveled to Guadalajara for Spanish. In 1980, I was ordained an Episcopal priest and served various Bay Area parishes and multicultural ministries. I then moved to Hillsboro for two years with Oregon Rural Opportunities, a farmworker support agency. Returning to San Francisco, I developed a lay pastoral care program for parishioners to serve as prison and hospital chaplains, hospice workers, and youth ministry volunteers. I later earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology in context with cross-cultural spirituality and worked as a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. In 2018, I retired. I have lived in L.A. since 1998. For 47 years, I have been with Tom Gossard MM ’80, a former Berkeley Symphony violinist. For eight of those years, we’ve been married. Beyond my current interests of Jewish studies, architecture, contemplative prayer, and meditation, life feels engaging, challenging, funny, and blessed.”