My name is Thomas Cary Kinder. People know me as Tom, but I publish under my full name to honor two Carys, my mother, who was my first spiritual and literary teacher, and my daughter, who inspires my fervent desire to contribute what I can to this struggling world. I also honor Thomas Merton who opened to me the path I have walked as a contemplative, activist and writer since I was in my teens.
I grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio and now live in Strafford, Vermont where I work half-time as a writer and half-time as pastor of a village church.
I am a graduate of Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program and English Department, a three time prize winner in the Bloodroot Literary Magazine poetry contest, a three time Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of over 5,000 sonnets and 1,000 sermons.
I began serving as a United Church of Christ pastor in 1994 and was ordained five years later after graduating with an M. Div. from Harvard Divinity School. I have had a daily contemplative practice since 1975 and been a teacher in the Christian contemplative tradition since 1997.
You can read more about my literary background by clicking here. You can read more about my spiritual background by clicking here. I am also the author of the website The Golden Room: Transforming Ourselves, Transforming Our World.