Rev. Lauren Van Ham, M.A.

Seminary Dean, Interfaith Studies and Spiritual Direction Faculty, Personal Transformation & Self Care (Spiritual Leadership & Development)

Lauren_Van_Ham_Kauai_2013.jpgRev. Lauren Van Ham, M.A., was ordained with the very first cohort of ChI ordinands in 1999, and completed the Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Course in 2006.  Before joining the ChI staff in 2010, Lauren served for eight years, as a staff chaplain at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco.  From there, she moved to a corporate environment, where she custom-designed employee programs for multi-national companies committed to sustainability and culture change. As part of her evolving call and commitment to "eco-chaplaincy”, Lauren served as Executive Director for Green Sangha (a non-profit dedicated to spiritually-engaged environmental activism) from 2004-2006; and in 2008, founded Fair Trade Berkeley, a grassroots committee, whose dedication helped make Berkeley,CA the 19th Fair Trade Town in the U.S.  She is featured in Renewal, an award-winning documentary, celebrating the efforts of religious environmental activists in groups from diverse faith traditions across America; and authored the chapter, “Way of the Eco-Chaplain,” in a book of collected works, Ways of the Spirit: Voices of Women.  Lauren loves to bicycle and, in May, 2015 she rode across her home state of Nebraska to raise 11K on behalf of climate change awareness efforts happening there.  Lauren holds BFA and MA degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1994), and Naropa University (1999).

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