KELLEY grew up on the east coast and then moved to the midwest for college. She was a philosophy major so she could argue politics more effectively with her father. She has always been a theater artist and after college went to school to get her MFA in Acting and Directing. She has felt outside of the traditional church most of her life and instead has felt much more at home with a group of artists working together to tell stories. She was one of the founding members of Mustard Seed Theatre in St.Louis whose mission was to produce plays that explore our relationship with God and our ethical responsibility to the world. She has been a teacher for over 20 years and has most recently been certified in secular mindfulness training for school age children. She sees the work as vital in the formation of healthy children and imperative in a dynamic and socially responsible public school setting.
Kelley is a certified Spiritual Director through Aquinas Institute of Theology and is part of the 2022 cohort at The Living School at the Center of Action and Contemplation in New Mexico to study with Richard Rohr, James Finely and Cynthia Bourgeault. She is also a student of Enneagram teacher Chris Heuertz and contemplative activist Phileena Heuertz and their work at Gravity Center in Omaha, NE.
Kelley's heart is with those who feel outside any traditional religious setting and yet long for a connectedness to a deep spiritual life. Her faith tradition is rooted in the teachings of Jesus that inspire her towards a loving and just world where we take care of and make space for everyone in radically generous ways.
Areas of interest include:
* the enneagram as a tool for spiritual awakening
* how we are called to embodied solidarity with the marginalized
* LGBTQ+ people of faith
* 12 Step Recovery as a spiritual formation template
* the inter-spiritual teachings of Eastern and Western religions
* a healing vision of God that leads to a healthy positive sexuality
A Spiraling Space
(with a basket full of unmatched socks)
This is the space where I (try) to come for prayer and meditation each day. It's a beautiful space, but if you look closely there's plenty of laundry on my vintage 70's couch and a basket FULL of unmatched socks still out in the middle of the room from my husband's daily dig for socks in the morning. I'm aiming for that transcendent calm, but with a full time job and four kids, there's always laundry to be done. I'm sure you can relate. I'm not a spiritual director because I've got it all figured out. NOPE. I'm a spiritual director because I'm still excited by the journey, as messy as it can be.