FAITH NOSTBAKKEN, PHD, MTS
I believe life is both sacred story and sacred journey because God comes to us in the everyday, inviting and allowing us to see the holy in our own experiences. My role and privilege as a spiritual director is to help people discover their own sacred stories by listening with compassion and respect to what needs to be told so that it may be more fully and freely lived. I also believe that there is no landscape on our sacred journeys, whether of doubt or deep conviction, hope or the edges of despair, where God is not prepared to meet us; every interior landscape then becomes an opportunity for our faith and hope to broaden and deepen whether through joy or pain, grief or quiet contemplation. And so I encourage people seeking spiritual direction to “come as you are” and be open to the mystery of God’s transforming presence. Trained in spiritual direction at PRC, I also have a PhD in English Literature and a Master of Theological Studies degree with a focus on spirituality. I am a Lutheran with appreciation for the many denominations and expressions of faith, having worked for a number of years in the ecumenical community and offered spiritual direction to people from a broad range of traditions. Convinced that we are all creative beings, made in the image of the Creator, I am passionate about exploring various conventional and less familiar pathways to prayer, expressions of each person’s unique relationship with and reflection of the Creator. My personal passions also include rich conversation, poetry, photography, music, and dance.