NAMASTE! The divine in me honors the divine in you! WE facilitate Circles of Women and create a safe space for sharing and affirming ones spirituality and gifts.
WHO WE ARE
JOAN MERTENS Certified Spiritual Director B.A.Theology, M.A.Sp.Ed
I earned my certification in Spiritual Direction with the Souljourners Program at the SOPHIA CENTER in Atchison, Kansas. Sr. Mary Tobias Hagan, csj inspired me in my love for Creation Theology, Native American Rituals and beliefs, Jesus and his gospels. My spirituality revolves around life and prayer lived in solidarity with nature and in circles of women and men of faith who follow the Great Work for the Universe, inspired by Thomas Berry:
“…without the soaring birds, the great forests, the sounds and coloration of insects, the free flowing streams…the Stars of the night, we become impoverished in all that makes us human.”
ERLINDA C. PERLADO-MERTENS Free Lance Theologian & Chaplain MA Pastoral Studies, MA Religious Studies
I worked for many years doing ministry for women empowerment and education integrating Asian spirituality. I listen to and accompany each person, particularly women, in their spiritual journey and search for inclusive well-being & wholeness.
I practice and share Shibashi-Qigong as a form of exercise and meditation. Together with Joan, we affirm the One Creator Spirit within each person regardless of gender, color, class, religion and status.
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