Have patience with all things but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You’re a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist.
St. Francis de Sales
I’ve been a spiritual seeker since childhood. A spiritual thread has run through my life and led me to my current passion, which is to help people wake up to a life of greater abundance, freedom, and service in the world. Based in Minneapolis, I’ve had hundreds of clients as a spiritual counselor, spiritual director, and leadership/life coach through our Sojourners Institute.
Since 2004, I’ve loved training spiritual directors and leading programs in spiritual development, which in more recent years I do with my wife, Melanie. I also provide workshops, retreats, and leadership consultation focusing on spiritual growth and/or the Enneagram.
When I’m not playing in these spiritual ventures, (or, in other words, in my day job) I am a Clinical Pastoral Educator for a health care organization, and am an adjunct faculty member of Luther Seminary. Hobby-wise, I love to play jazz piano, read-read-read, knit a little, and walk dogs a lot.
What transpired in my life before today? Well, I grew up in Northfield, MN. I vowed never to be a pastor (in 9th grade), and years later decided that helping people through ministry was what I most wanted.
I graduated from Augustana College, in Rock Island, IL, with religion and psychology majors, and then headed out to graduate school at Yale Divinity School. There I not only got my Masters Degree, but, best of all, met Melanie. I hit the jackpot in New Haven, CT! And, we have a lovely adult daughter, Ana. I’d love to help you find ways to hit some jackpots in your life.
I’d love to hear from you. Contact me at Scott@SojournersInstitute.com
The path to my current work and understanding of spirituality has been more winding than most. Growing up in South Carolina, I explored a wide range of southern religious experience. It was in college that I began to question my religious background, and this led my to head North for Divinity School.
Fast forward to today, and I find myself as a bereavement counselor in hospice care, a yoga teacher, and a spiritual director. Along with my bereavement work and teaching teaching yoga at a Minneapolis studio, I lead with my husband, Scott, our Course in Spiritual Growth & Guidance Program, and I see clients for spiritual direction.
In between my ordination as a pastor in 1989 and my current work, I spent years in parish ministry, and in chaplaincy in long term care and hospitals. I am a graduate of Yale Divinity School, the Center for Spiritual Guidance (St. Paul), and the Yoga Center (Minneapolis).
I love to spend time with Scott and our three dogs, and few things make me happier than time spent with our adult daughter, Ana. I also love long walks, good fiction, knitting and needle-craft, playing my harp, and cooking. Let me know if I can be of help to you in your winding journey.
Have a question for me? Contact me at mmcrae50.com.