Sophia heads into her 3rd year in ministry with United Churches of Langley. Wow - can it be?
Sophia is an Ordained Minister of The United Church of Canada with a Masters in Public and Pastoral Leadership at Vancouver School of Theology, as well received a Masters in Consciousness Studies and is Ordained by the Centers for Spiritual Living. She has served in ministry for over 18 years throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine.
Sophia loves to "play" with children to build awareness of their own spiritual connection and to learn the stories of our faith. She supports families of all kinds to build the spiritual foundation for creating healthy family. She is committed to guiding youth and young adults toward spiritual maturity and empowering them to pursue their own personal ministry within the church, the greater community, and in the World.
Her journey in ministry seeks to strike a balance in what Shirley Guthrie would describe as: “maintaining Christian identity and faithfulness in a pluralistic church and society without becoming exclusive, intolerant, and irrelevant; AND creating an open, inclusive, relevant community of Christians without losing our Christian identity and authenticity.” Much of her time in ministry has been on creating partnerships and programs on relevant spirituality for our pluralistic Cascadian culture.
Sophia has worked with church leadership teams to create transformational plans which birth new organizational cultures and structures, resulting in more vibrant communities and more engaged members that are steeped in the awareness and embodiment of the principles of their faith.
Sophia loves to hike and garden and is commited to wholistic well-being: health in mind, body, spirit - for herself and in her ministry. She enjoys a variety of spiritual practices and is commited to supporting others in finding their own pathway to the Divine through practice. She yearns for deep community, and does what she can in ministry and in life to create habitats for this to occur.
She knows that the typical Sunday worship service isn't a primary way for many young people to gather, and strives to find alternative ways to support people of all ages to connect with themselves fully, to connect with others, and to connect with the Sacred.
She looks forward to serving in ministry with United Churches of Langley for many years to come.