Rodriguez was ordained is an Interfaith
Minister at the New Seminary in New York in the
year 2000. His ministry has included wedding ceremonies
and other life rituals, and the training of other
Interfaith Ministers through the One Spirit Interfaith
Seminary. At the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary
he held a position of Dean of Students. Raymond
is also a Licensed Social Worker who graduated
from Columbia University’s School of Social
Work. As a social worker he has held positions
as therapist and advocate for individuals, families,
couples, and children. Most recently he became
a counselor and faculty member with the City University
of New York.
Raymond has devoted his professional career and
ministry to working with people whose ethnic,
socioeconomic, and spiritual backgrounds are diverse.
A native of Puerto Rico, Raymond is fluent in
both English and Spanish. Raymond conceived Circle
of pride as a way of sharing his skills and passion
with the GLBT community. A guiding philosophy
in his work and personal life is “never
instead of, always in addition to”.