About Ronna Detrick, M.Div.
Confessions & Beliefs.
I confess that I am ravenous for smart, sophisticated conversations about women, faith, and God that don’t cause my skin to crawl or my claws to come out or my defenses to go up. These are hard to find!
I confess my on-again-off-again frustration with organized religion; the lack of accessible, provocative, and engaging woman-focused theology; and the ways in which women’s stories (particularly those in Scripture) have been misinterpreted and misaligned – thus causing us to feel the same.
I confess and believe that God shows up when I write and speak about these things.
I believe that when women’s stories change, everything changes – philosophies, religions, systems, structures, beliefs, politics, leadership, homes, children, commerce, planetary alignment, whole worlds. Women’s stories matter!
I believe that the world is praying for a deeper, richer wisdom. I believe this prayer is answered through womens’ incarnate brilliance and beauty.
When Ronna Detrick speaks, you can see her pulling down wisdom from St. Theresa to Simone de Beauvoir…to give you a gem of grace – or grit. And, she can write – like a poet on a practical mission. Like a feminist with faith. (Danielle LaPorte. Read our whole conversation.)
About me, Ronna Detrick, M.Div.
Speaker. Writer. Spiritual Director.
You might think that because I have a Master of Divinity degree, am ordained, work as a spiritual director, and am the former wife of a pastor that I have answers about God, an unshakeable faith, and am a devout church-attendee. You’d be mistaken.
I talk about faith because I doubt. I talk about God because I hope. And I create sacred spaces for community and conversation because I believe that women are hungry for ways to craft and experience a spirituality (and a God) that is uniquely, profoundly theirs.
I am privileged (and called) to have rich, winsome, strong conversations about God. Not trying to convince or “save” you; rather, listening to your stories and offering you new ones; wondering together about a way of believing in God that does not require you to swallow everything but the kitchen sink when it comes to doctrine or dogma. This (and then some) is Spiritual Direction. Even more, it is a safe space in which to question, to hope, to doubt, to grow. It changes everything.
Ronna is my go-to source for taking my exploration of trust and faith into action. Ronna’s work is a deep gift to you.
(Dyana Valentine, of the Woke Up Knowing Experience and SuperConditions for Greatness)
Expertise. Experience. Education. Lots of all three. But mostly, heart & hope.
I’m trained in both theology and therapy (the M.Div. degree). I’m certified (as a Spiritual Director). I’m experienced (more than 20 years of it). Even more, I’m compelled and convicted by this: when you can safely voice your doubts, your longings, and your fears about belief in God – about what spirituality looks like and means – you will step into a life that is expansive, generous, and powerful. You step into an experience of yourself that is whole, gorgeous, and beyond-imagination. And you recognize that you are not alone.
It’s taken me a while to figure this out.
I started with a B.A. in Business and Communications and a human resources career – strategic conversations about people’s skills and struggles. Later, I moved into nonprofits and work that offered me a lens on the world that informs my hunger for social justice. I moved to Korea. I met a man. I moved home. I got married. We moved – a lot. I agonized and grieved over infertility. I gained a wealth of experience as a pastor’s wife and (eventually / miraculously / ongoing) as a mother. I went back to school and got my Master of Divinity degree. I got hired into a leadership position by that institution. I got divorced. I got ordained. I got laid off. And I launched my own business. This business. This calling.
I’m am endlessly asking questions, learning, growing, aching, desiring. These experiences are but a part of my story. The stories of others (past and present) graciously and generously inform and transform my own. And God’s story? This is the one I seek to understand, find myself in, and tell as a woman of strength, of intellect, and of desire.
Ronna writes like a woman on fire with faith and love. I learn something about myself every time I read her work. (Jennifer Louden, best-selling author, blogger, coach)
Join my congregation.
If you feel like you’re reading a version of your own story and are aware of your ongoing questions about what it means to believe in or be in relationship with God, welcome.
If you can palpably feel a growing longing for a spirituality that both makes sense and impacts your everyday life, welcome.
If you believe that there is more to be learned and gained from the ancient, sacred stories of women (and you’re famished to find them), welcome.
If you have a story of less-than-positive spirituality or religion and wonder if there is ever a way to return to creeds, texts, and the God who inhabits them, welcome.
Ronna Detrick is a writer, feminist, scholar, mama, friend, renegade, and conversation-sparker (and sustainer). She wrestles faith and feminism. She leaps tall buildings in a single bound. She does it with grace. (Kelly Diels, Cleavage– Copywriter & Blogging/Writing Wisdom Galore)
A community of faith.
- My “sermons.” Some of my most popular blog posts ~ A taste of communion and grace.
- My offering(s). Spiritual Direction. Important, safe, generous conversations between me and you ~ 1:1 or in writing. Learn more.
- My inspiration (for you). Self-directed. Downloads. Courses. Even a book for your Kindle. Get inspired.
- More inspiration. Gorgeous, sacred art. Icon-like, really.
- My blessings and benedictions. Testimonies. Great things other people say about me ~ Beautiful praise.
- My sanctuaries. Contact me. email@example.com | Follow me.
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May you know vast spaces, rich beliefs, and beautiful relationships that provide glimpses of God’s beauty and grace every single day.