Contemplative Prayer, Queer Theology, and aroma of Beauty with Wendy Farley

I recently had an amazing conversation, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Wendy Farley teaches in the Graduate School of Theology at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and guess what her areas of expertise are?

  • Contemplative Practices 
  • The Spirituality of the Trinity 
  • Queer Theology
  • Beauty 

Yes, you read that right…she teaches beauty! She literally wrote the book on it: Beguiled by Beauty: Cultivating a Life of Contemplation and Compassion.

In this 45-minute (and change) conversation, Dr. Wendy and I touch upon each of these arenas of Divine perception, and the surprising ways in which they intersect.

Without further ado, here’s our full conversation:

If this conversation stirred your heart like it stirred mine, you might want to know that you can study with Dr. Wendy, yourself! San Francisco Theological Seminary offers a range of remarkable programs, ranging from MDivs and DMins all the way to specialized certificates in Trauma and Spiritual Care, Spiritual Entrepreneurship, and Spiritual Direction. Many of these are now available entirely online. Whether you’re feeling called to congregational ministry, integrating spirituality into workplaces and mental health, or simply wanting to deepen your own journey, SFTS has options. You can check out the programs Dr. Wendy and other awesome faculty teach toward, right here.


Dr. Wendy Farley is the Rice Family Chair of Spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary, part of the Graduate School of Theology at Redlands University. In that capacity, she is the Director of Programs in Christian Spirituality and Director of Programs in the Art of Spiritual Direction. She is professor emerita from Emory University, where she taught in the college for 28 years and chaired Theological Studies in the doctoral program for more than two decades. She is the author of several books of theology and wisdom, and is a celebrated speaker and teacher. She has studied many forms of contemplative practice within Christianity, Buddhism, and yoga, including chant, energy work, meditation, centering prayer, visualization, and lectio divina. She is an associate at the Green Bough House of Prayer in Adrian, GA. She lives in San Anselmo, CA.

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