Jen Eckles, Spiritual Director
They/Them — LG(B)TQ+
Hi, my name is Jen Eckles and I am a Spiritual Director who works with LGBTQ+ young adults and teens. I received my Certificate in Spiritual Direction from The Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction and am a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI). I also have a Doctorate in Audiology from A.T. Stills University. After leaving my career of nearly 20 years in Audiology, I felt God calling me to the work of spiritual direction.
As a Spiritual Director, I love sitting with and holding space for people as they journey to deepen their relationship with the Divine. As part of the LGBTQ+ community myself, my passion is for young adult LGBTQ+ persons of faith who have been outcast from their churches and have become spiritual refugees, yet long to maintain and nurture their relationship with the Divine.
Having been in church my entire life, I recognize the good that church can do, but also recognize and acknowledge the damage it can do. Having experienced spiritual abuse myself by some in a church family after coming out, I have wrestled with the idea of the need for safe, sacred spaces outside of the church. A gentle space where those who have been hurt by the Church may feel invited and be seen, heard, and valued exactly as they are. A place for individual growth, as well as the chance to interact in a spiritual community through classes and retreats. Most importantly, a space where people can come, knowing the Divine is inside them, and listen as They whisper the truth into their lives that they are a beloved child of the Creator of the cosmos. They are welcome and have a place of belonging at the table.
My practice is centered in prayer and contemplative listening. I welcome all persons, including clergy, from diverse faith backgrounds, settings, and spiritual practices. I also sit with those who are Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR). I utilize the evocative method, which means I engage in deep listening. You can expect a 90/10 approach from me, where I listen 90% and speak 10% of the time. I look forward to meeting you, hearing your story, and walking with you through this journey we call life.
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