As a senior at Reed College, Thom Belote devoted an entire year to the study of Thomas Jefferson and religion, writing a thesis entitled "(Dis)establishing Religion: Thomas Jefferson and the (Dis)course of Religious Freedom."
Thom was raised a Unitarian Universalist in the suburban Boston town of Wayland. He then switched coasts and attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon where he majored in the study of religion. Thom rejoiced in Reed's distinctive culture and in the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Portland's ceaseless rain gave Thom the incentive he needed to spend long hours in the library and for his efforts he was elected Phi Beta Kappa upon graduation. During his college tenure, Thom continued and strengthened his connection to Unitarian Universalism, attending Portland's Wy'East congregation and becoming active in campus ministry and young adult programming.
Following college, Thom accepted a full-tuition scholarship to Harvard Divinity School, where he is currently working towards his Masters of Divinity degree and pursuing his calling to the professional ministry. Thom is an avid ultimate frisbee player, a juggler, and his favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut. When in Cambridge, look for Thom at Christine's IceCream in Inman Square or at the Harvard Law School library because, as he advises, "It is a lot more comfortable than the Divinity School library."