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Dr. Virginia RaeDr. Virginia Rae

Current Church (or home church): Christ Episcopal Church, Winchester, VA
Denomination: Episcopal
Ministry Interests: Contemplative Retreats / Spiritual Director / Teacher / Author
Geographic Preferences: Shenandoah Valley, VA

Education

  • MDiv and Spiritual Director Certificate, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 2020
  • Doctor of Education - Administrative Leadership, 2015
  • Master of Business Administration, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science - Psychology, 2001
  • Graduate Community Counseling Courses

Ministry

History in Ministry

  • Community College Professor
  • EMS Clinical Pastoral Experience Units I & II: Halfway House & Hospital Internships
  • Chapter Lead National Organization of Episcopalians for Life (NOEL)
  • Lay Minister - St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • Jail Ministry - Prince William County

Special Ministry Interests

As the world continues to change at lightning speed, people are experiencing higher levels of anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation. Mindfulness Meditation is a practice that teaches present moment mind/body awareness, and compassion for self and the world.

As a contemplative and meditation practitioner for over 40 years, I lead others in weekly sessions while continuing my own training. In October of 2020, I will attend a 6 day Nobel Silence Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in Colorado, and in February 2021, I will begin a 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. This is a formidable credential coming out of U.C. Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center with many of the same teachers, authors, and researchers I quoted in my Doctoral dissertation.

Call to Ministry

As a full professor, each academic year I have the privilege of walking alongside several hundred individuals as they prepare for their chosen careers. To speak into their lives is an absolute honor, but with that comes a great deal of responsibility.

I seek to create a safe environment where students feel welcomed, accepted, and loved. This opens the door for students to share their struggles, hurts, confusion, challenges and joys. Every year, I receive countless emails from students offering words of gratitude as they express having found some level of healing in their lives while attending my class.

As I continue my life journey, I would like to expand my sphere of influence through spiritual retreats, teaching, career & business consulting, and "in-the-trenches" ministry. I am called to be a practitioner not an administrator.

If I was to describe my heart's desire, it would simply be "Love God, Love People, Love Creation" wherever I find myself. If I Love, healing will follow.

 

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