My Journey

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Although born a Mid-Westerner, I was raised in the Southern United States.  I earned a degree in voice and then went on to complete a Master of Divinity Degree with specialties in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Formation. I was ordained by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1978.  I then earned a Master's Degree in Religion and pursued graduate studies in the fields of Ethics and Women's History.
 

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Beginning in the mid-1980s, I was employed in the areas of child welfare, domestic violence and staff development while continuing to hold various part-time ministry positions. I was also a training consultant throughout New York State for the Department of Children and Families and several other agencies.  I retuned to my home state of Florida and then returned to full-time ministry in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. 

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I am now "blissfully retired" and while I retain my  ordination status as retired clergy, I am no longer active in professional work in churches except as an officiant at ceremonies and celebrations. I am also a Level Three Reiki practitioner, and a certified Animal Reiki practitioner

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I practice Shamanism and, as I have indicated in other places, my spiritual practices are deeply grounded in nature, the knowledge that we are indeed one with creation and the belief that all elements of creations are sentient beings.  I express those beliefs most often as an amateur nature photographer, artist, poet, writer, and public speaker.  

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My story includes being in recovery from prescription drug abuse and alcoholism for over 36 years.  More importantly, I am a survivor of a lifetime of mental illness and have explored the relationship between mental illness and spirituality for decades.  I recently published my first book (a memoir):  The Journey of a Wounded Healer: the Mystical Web of Mental Illness and Spirituality.  (See more about that book here.)
 

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I live in Central Florida, USA, with little Finian, my best friend, Emotional Support Animal, and constant companion dog.  I am a proud mother of one son and daughter-in-law, and a happy grandmother of two delightful grandchildren. 



 

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