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Erik Walker Wikstrom is Senior Minister of First Parish Brewster (Massachusetts). He served as pastor of First Universalist Church in Yarmouth, Maine, from 1995 to 2006, and served an internship at First Parish in Concord, Massachusetts. Raised a Presbyterian (he was ordained as the youngest elder in the Long Island Presbytery) and nurtured in the summer camps of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church, Erik also studied Zen Buddhism for nearly twenty years. He holds a master's degree in divinity from Harvard Divinity School and has advanced training in spiritual direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Before entering the traditional ministry, Erik was a clown, magician, juggler, fire eater, and mask maker. He is the author of Teacher, Guide, Companion: Rediscovering Jesus in a Secular World (Skinner House Books, 2003) and Simply Pray: a Modern Spiritual Practice to Deepen Your Life (Skinner House Books, 2005). He currently lives on Cape Cod with his wife, two sons, and their cat.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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