During college a friend asked me three provocative questions:
WHY ARE YOU HERE?
WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
WHAT REALLY MAKES YOU HAPPY?
These three questions led me to God who changed my life.
I am so grateful for the forgiveness, love, freedom, joy, and hope God extended to me, and for the past thirty years I have enjoyed inviting those on college campuses and beyond to experience the same.
I am passionate about spiritual formation, especially helping others develop a rhythm of life that makes space for God in the fast-paced, always connected world in which we live.
Having deep, life-changing conversations with those in the Harvard community is one of my greatest joys as is serving alongside these same folks in the township of Mamelodi in Pretoria, South Africa.
I call myself a contemplative activist. To be able to sustain work among communities with overwhelming need, I find it important to engage in spiritual disciplines that strengthen the body and soul.
I find that strength for the soul is also needed to endure personal suffering. Eight years ago, our sixteen-year-old son, Zach, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury playing high school football. Instantly, he became severely disabled for life.
Our family has experienced a lot of loss, and I grieved much, but I have also experienced God’s nearness in suffering.
Here you will find a place that you can be authentic and transparent with whatever is going on in your life. Here you can grieve and lament. Here you will find an ambiguous loss learning community who helps each other be resilient. Here you will learn spiritual practices that will strengthen your soul for the work you are called to do in the world.
Sculling, waterskiing, mountain biking, basketball, singing, playing guitar, writing songs, going on dates with my husband, and hanging with my four adult children
SPEAKING, Singing, Writing
Tammy speaks regularly on the issue of ambiguous loss in a variety of secular and religious contexts including: an NFL Community Huddle dedicated to helping families deal with brain injury, as a featured speaker at a plenary session of Cru’s bi-annual staff conference, at Harvard’s Memorial Church for their weekly Faith and Life Forum, and at a gathering of undergraduate college students at the University of Virginia. The audiences range from 20 to 4000.
She and Pat have been quoted in newspaper articles on Sports and Religion in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, the USA Today, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and Vice Sports as well as interviewed on CNN, the ABC evening news, and local NBC and CBS stations.
Tammy routinely speaks before hundreds of people at the historic Park Street Church in downtown Boston where she serves as the Director of College Ministry. She gave the opening prayer at Harvard Commencement this past spring—something she has done in a variety of settings over the years. She has spoken and sung multiple times at Harvard Memorial Church’s Morning Prayers.
She speaks in secular venues like athletic teams, clubs, and sororities. In these settings she teaches on leadership, burnout, high performance teams, emotional development, and talking, listening, and conflict resolution skills.
Tammy speaks to groups of people with disabilities, physical therapists in training who work with people with disabilities, and family members of those with disabilities. Most times the format is lecture, but sometimes she is asked to do concerts.
With an M.A. in Spiritual Formation Tammy speaks on campuses and in churches on topics such as prayer, spiritual disciplines, contemplative spiritual practices, dealing with grief, spiritual direction, discernment, and spiritual leadership.
Retreats and conferences are other venues in which Tammy speaks. She speaks on various interpersonal communication topics, emotional development topics, spiritual formation topics, and leadership. She also leads soul care retreats.
Tammy and Pat are certified instructors for Interpersonal Communications Programs. They teach talking, listening and conflict resolution models across the country and around the world in secular and religious contexts.
Tammy sang at a televised NFL Community Huddle, at a plenary session for 4000 at Cru’s bi-annual staff conference, at Harvard’s Memorial Church, in conjunction with her Harvard lectures, and at churches all over the country and world. Most times she sings solo, but sometimes she sings while she and Zach each play one hand of the guitar.
Tammy has developed a spiritual formation curriculum that she has used on campuses, in churches, and on mission trips to South Africa.
Tammy blogs for Huffington Post’s religion section and Cru’s national website.
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