City: Grand Rapids
Languages: English, Spanish
Personalized Affiliation: Interfaith
Spiritual Spheres: Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Unitarian Universalist
Category: Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Supervisor, Chaplain
Focus Area: Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Enneagram, Grief and Loss, Homeless/Low Income, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Non-Traditional Healing, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Psychic Phenomena
Profile: I'm delighted to meet you – I'm an ordained clergyperson in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) but my spiritual values reflect a broad spectrum of religious and non-religious perspectives. I have a professional background in ethics, philosophy, political science, and global theology. I am an intentionally LGBTQIA+ affirming practitioner and I embrace a therapeutic approach that celebrates the intersections of transparency and empathy. My background includes spiritual intervention, narcissistic trauma recovery, the processes of death and dying, enneagram and passion analysis, centering prayer, liturgies for life milestones, and effective community organizing (bridge-building for world-healing.) I want to emphasize that "I believe you." In my journey as a pastor, preacher, healer and teacher I have learned that no single model of spiritual direction or companionship can capture the wild diversity of the human experience. I'm excited to talk with you about your experiences – even and especially those experiences that others have dismissed as "supernatural" or "unreal." The universe is a place of deep and profound mystery and I want to learn more about your unique experiences exploring this cosmic wilderness. I also believe that we are all caught up in a great "web of lived human experience." This includes traumas and events that are beyond our personal scope of control. I'd be honored to support you and walk beside you as we confront and even conquer these painful realities. I believe that in our woundedness we become closer to our shared humanity – your wounds are your own, but I am here to listen, affirm, and acknowledge your fundamental holiness. My practices include reflective theology (Imago Dei affirmation), via negativa and apophatic reflection, personal faith formation and practical faith development exercises. We can work to create a practice together that makes sense in your life – including carving out time for healing exercises, prayer, and deep learning. Let's find out more about where the Holy is calling you and how your unique gifts can be applied to the broken places in the world. You are an untold story, an unwritten gospel, and you have an immense power and beauty within you. I can't wait to learn more about the song you were created to sing and the story of your life!