Peggy Christiansen has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths.
Her continuing education has included training in grief counseling and surviving sexual abuse, American Academy of Bereavement; Progoff’s “Intensive Journaling” and Spiritual Discernment with licensed spiritual directors; dream work, including course at Pacifica Jungian Institute; “Imago Relationship Therapy” with National Imago Therapy Association; Contemplation and Community, interfaith conference for university chaplains at Garrison Institute; addictions recovery through 12-Step programs; courses in spiritual guidance, spirituality and social justice, and “Interplay: Mind, Body, and Spirit Together At Last,” Graduate Theological Union.
She did Clinical Pastoral Education at University of California, San Francisco, working with terminally ill children and Spanish-speaking migrant workers. She has worked as a church pastor and as a Hospice chaplain, worked with refugees in the Sanctuary movement, and experienced liberation theology in Central America.
Peggy is fluent in Spanish and German, has a background in peacemaking, has taken groups of university students on seven international service-learning trips, has a Master’s in Music in Piano Performance, and in 2004 became certified in “Healing Touch,” a way of working with the human energy field to help restore balance and alignment.
She is deeply committed to the spiritual practice of listening, and believes that we could solve most of the world’s problems through listening – to others, to self, and to God – with a learner’s mind and a lover’s heart. One of her favorite guiding quotes is by Rumi:
“Feel yourself being quietly drawn by the deeper pull of what you truly love.”