I am a 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.

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The world is on fire: we know it in our bones and feel it in our hearts

“The world is on fire: we know it in our bones and feel it in our hearts.” This is the first line of a call to action for those who teach, live, form and create soulful practices to participate in a virtual sharefest called Dear Earth next summer.  As I came away...

Let’s work together…

Story Coaching

A narrative approach to developmental editing and vocational discernment with you in mind.

Leading Change

Designing events that build muscle for ongoing commitment to the work of equity.

Sabbatical Mentoring

Coaching and mentoring as you pause to find the delight out of which your best work will grow.

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 of 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

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Initial Consultation

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

Girl/Friend Theology

I have used the first edition of Dori Baker’s Girlfriend Theology for many years in my God and Gender course at Luther College. It has proven to be an excellent resource to validate experience, connect with each other’s spiritual journeys, and to learn about the reality and resilience from global voices. I am looking forward to reading this book with my students. The stories told are compelling and offer a glimpse into the world of young adults, addressing both hopes and fears. Dori’s writing reflects her personality: intellectually engaging, ethically committed, and creatively gifted.

Wanda Deifelt, Professor or Religion at Luther College

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Creating Ritual Around Nature, Art, & Spirituality

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Contact Dori

I design experiences that welcome the stories, energy and wisdom in the room to come alive. Let’s connect and grow together.

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