I Spy for Hope
My purpose is to heal human division by creating spaces of radical hospitality. I am passionate about spiritual practices that sustain activism for the flourishing of people and our planet.
Keynotes & Collaborations
I specialize in…
Creative adaptations of ancient contemplative practices
Rituals that honor the body through nature, movement, food, and storytelling
Designing events that support: racial justice & the dismantling whiteness; the flourishing of girls, women and LGBTQ+ people; mentoring young leaders
Other topics presented in my published works: Another Way, Girlfriend Theology, The Barefoot Way, Greenhouses of Hope, and Lives to Offer
Recent interactive workshops and keynotes include:
Setting the Table: Six Practices for Hosting Hospitable Space
Walk into a Better Future: Imagining the World We’d Like to Inhabit
Hearing Our New Story in the Midst of the Tragic Gap
November 5-7, 2021
Discerning Our Collective Vocation
Faculty and Staff Retreat, St. Ambrose University, November 5-7, 2021
October 25, 2021
Standing at the Crossroads
Board of Ordained Ministry Online Retreat, Southwestern Jurisdiction, UMC
February 18-20, 2021 Designing a Future Worthy of Our Call
San Antonio, TX, Young Adult Retreat, Rio Conference, UMC
June 27-29, 2021
Discerning within The Tragic Gap
Faculty and Staff Retreat, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Jubilee Retreat Center, Abingdon, VA
Book an Appointment
One-hour phone or video consultation to discuss how we might work together.
Creative Facilitation / Speaking
Do you need help designing a learning event or meaning-making ritual? I can help you create hospitable, life-giving experiences of compassion-based justice-making.
Group or Individual Story/Coaching
I use story-based methods of holy listening to help people discover their meaning and purpose. While this is sometimes a one-on-one journey, it is my joy to lead groups in communal experiences.
Read & Engage
Another Way was written for, and dedicated to, “a new generation of people—the dreamers, freedom fighters, artists, and warrior-healers—who refuse to accept things as they are as all that there is.” People who desire another way to live and lead change.n
Another Way, written by Stephe Lewis, Matthew Wesley Williams, and Dori Baker, is available wherever books are sold.
To learn more about my most recent collaborative project:
Matthew Wesley Williams, Dori Baker, Stephen Lewis. Photo Courtesy of. Allison Shirreffs
I design experiences that welcome the stories, energy and wisdom in the room to come alive. Let’s connect and grow together.