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The Rev. Sue Sinnamon

BeFunky_sueSue has 38 years of experience and learning in Spiritual Direction. She is a Psychosynthesis trainer; trained and worked in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology and Education; and served on the board of the Jung Institute of Chicago. She studied theology at Wesley Theological Seminary and with The Graduate Theological Foundation in Rome and Oxford. She served as Minister of Religious Education at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan and The Unitarian Church of Evanston, Illinois. She completed  RUAH X, a 2 year training in Spiritual Direction at Richmond Hill, Virginia. Sue is a trained facilitator for the Immunity-to-Change™ Process and a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®). She is adjunct staff at Richmond Hill as a Spiritual Director. Before choosing the Ministry of Spiritual Direction as her full-time ministry, Sue served six years as the Director of Faith  Development for The Southeast District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Sue is available to consult with congregations throughout the United States and Canada. She lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with her husband, The Rev. John Kerr, who is the Episcopal Chaplain at the College of William and Mary, and Lea and Perrin, the cats.

The Rev. T. Michael Rock

BeFunky_TT. Michael has over 20 years of experience in ministry in the United Church of Christ. He is trained Spiritual Director through the Sisters of St. Joseph and is a frequent workshop and retreat leader on Centering Prayer. He holds certificates in Education, Conflict Mediation, Reiki Healing I and II, Magnified Healing, Appreciative Inquiry and MBTI® Step ITM and II. He is currently in the process of becoming a coach with Coaching for Clergy. T. Michael has been a trainer of teachers and trainers for over ten years in both Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith, a values-based comprehensive sexuality curriculum and Creating a Culture of Peace, an internationally recognized program that leads individuals and communities in transformation through the art of nonviolence. T. Michael earned his undergraduate degree from Heidelberg College and Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. He has served congregations in Sudbury, MA, Providence, RI and is currently the Pastor and Teacher at Robbinsdale United Church of Christ near Minneapolis, MN.

Lori Alford

BeFunky_staff_lori_web.jpgLori Alford has been in ministry with children, youth and families for over 20 years in the United Church of Christ and received a Masters of Religious Leadership from United Theological Seminary, Twin Cities, in 2011. She is a trained yoga instructor, completed the Certification School for Progressive Christianity in 2012, and since has served as a Spiritual Leader for many youth gatherings and summer camps for the MN Conference UCC. She teaches three weekly yoga classes, which compliments her training as an Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith facilitator. Lori’s passion is to assist all people, whether they are children, or youth, or come as part of a family, in connecting the entirety of who they are — body, mind and spirit. She utilizes movement, sacred readings, and silence in listening for the presence of Spirit. Since completing the Clergy Seminar on Spiritual Direction, she has created new ways of working with CE/RE teams and boards as they select curricula and do the various business of the church through deep listening and discernment practices. Lori also volunteers as a Spiritual Director for men working towards sobriety, post-prison, through the non-profit organization City House.

Lori is available for consultation throughout the U.S. She currently serves as the Director of Faith Formation at St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Wayzata, MN. She and her husband Johnny have six young adult children between the two of them, and celebrate everything English, as Johnny’s hometown is London, England.

Sarah Cledwyn

Cledwyn-S-headshotSarah Cledwyn runs Grow Soul LLC, a private Spiritual Direction practice in St. Paul, MN where she provides Spiritual Direction to individuals and groups.  Sarah works within congregations, organizations and educational institutions to deepen spiritual exploration and development.  She earned a Master of Arts in Theology and a Certificate of Spiritual Direction from St. Catherine University.  She is trained in Journey Conversations, a group spiritual exploration practice and was named a 2014 New Contemplative by Spiritual Directors International.

Sarah’s work with the Center for Congregational Spirituality is primarily with congregations in the Midwest.  She currently lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband Lloyd and their young children, Theo and Helen.

The Rev. Phillip Lund

BeFunky_MePhillip Lund has almost 20 years experience serving congregations in the areas of faith formation and spiritual growth, first as a religious educator in Bloomington, Indiana, New York City, and Chicago, Illinois, and most recently as a congregational life consultant working for the MidAmerica Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and a certificate in InterSpiritual Counseling from One Spirit Learning Alliance in New York. Phil has received additional training in The Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter and Discerning Your Call: Dependable Strengths® for Congregations at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota; he has completed the Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders sponsored by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, and is a Certified Practitioner of The MBTI® Step I™ and Step II™ Instruments. In 2013 Phil was named the Fahs Fellow for Innovation in Technology by the Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard.

Phil’s work with the Center for Congregational Spirituality is primarily with congregations in the MidAmerica Region of the UUA. He currently lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Julia, and their son, Henry David.

Lori Alford, T. Michael Rock, Sarah Cledwyn, Sue Sinnamon, and Phil Lund

Lori Alford, T. Michael Rock, Sarah Cledwyn, Sue Sinnamon, and Phil Lund