Rev. Lauren Van Ham
Rev. Lauren Van Ham was born and raised beneath the big sky of the Midwest prairie, Lauren's professional life began as a performing artist in NYC before attending interfaith seminary in California. After ordination (1999), Lauren served as chaplain in both healthcare and corporate settings, and seminary Dean at The Chaplaincy Institute. Her passion for spirituality, art and Earth's teachings construct her focus in eco-ministry, grief & loss, and sacred activism. Lauren’s essay, "Way of the Eco-Chaplain," appears in a collection of women’s work; and her work with Green Sangha is featured in Renewal, a documentary celebrating environmental activism from diverse faith traditions. She is a guest writer for “Progressing Spirit,” an online publication exploring theology; and her audio perspectives are on Vennly, an app for exploring spirituality and life across different backgrounds and traditions. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Naropa University. Today, Lauren serves as Climate Action Coordinator for URI (the United Religions Initiative). She is a spiritual director and guest faculty for several schools in the Bay Area.