Which of the following experiences transformed your life or world view?
Where do you live now?
In what ways do you feel called to Regenerate our Earth?
I feel called to lead ecospirituality ceremonies, develop an ecospirituality coming of age program, teach, write, create art, continue my current work as an environmental planner, and continue pursuing credentials as an interfaith chaplain
What is your Intention for Joining this particular Community?
I am seeking ways to connect with people who share my sense of urgency about the work of healing the relationship between humans and the natural world. I believe that this is a deep spiritual problem. I believe that there is broad societal wounding that goes beyond just our relationship with nature. I believe that healing must take place in one's relationship with oneself, other people, and the natural world. To the extent that we treat nature as a "thing" to be exploited, I believe that we also treat other people as "things" to be exploited, and we ourselves have been treated this way.
Tell us about your Gifts,Skills, Abilities, Passions...
I am an experienced public speaker and published author, primarily on the topic of stormwater management, which is one of my areas of specialization as an environmental planner. I am currently a student at the Chaplaincy Institute, where I am training to be ordained as an interfaith minister. I feel called to transition to spending more time on the spiritual dimensions of the environmental crisis than the technical dimensions. As a young adult, I was a passionate evangelical Christian and missionary. I lost my faith in the Christian message when I began to see spiritual abuse in my church. Leaving the church provided freedom, but I lost the beauty and joy of my relationship with God. My post-Christian life felt bleak, until, about 15 years later, I had a series of "conversion experiences" that helped me develop a Pagan path, in which my relationship with the divine is as fulfilling as my Christian spiritual path. I feel passion for helping people deepen their spirituality, and their spiritual connection with the natural world.
Where on Earth are you inspired to Live and Regenerate the Earth?
I live in Berkeley, California.
I join with the sincere intention of making a positive contribution to this space and its members in kindness and loving service. I agree to read and comply with the codes of conduct of this space (found on this site)