Eric is a first year Master of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School, a participant in the Chaplaincy Training Program at Upaya Institute and Zen Center, and an officer in the Navy Chaplain Candidate Program. His studies focus on contemplative care for the dying, bioethics, moral injury and military chaplaincy. He currently serves as the Chaplain Intern at Mount Auburn Hospital where he provides interfaith spiritual care for patients and their families as well offering companionship to hospice patients near the end of life. Prior to coming to Harvard, Eric studied theatre performance at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, where he pursued the convergence of social justice and performance. This exploration resulted in several research grants which provided funding various projects including: “Cardboard Citizens: Empowering the Homeless”, “Ghana: Investigating the Arts and Fighting Modern Day Slavery”, “Children of Ba Vi: Empowering Vietnamese Children with Disabilities through Dance”, and “Poetics and the Natyashastra: An Investigation into Cross Cultural Potential in Dramatic Storytelling”. Eric aspires to provide spiritual care and counseling for individuals serving in the US Navy and Marine Corps, and he is particularly interested in being a visible resource for Sailors and Marines residing along the queer spectrum of identity by offering care and counseling grounded in Buddhist practice and queer theology.