Hello there.

I’m Renee, and I’m honored and humbled that you’re here with me at Curating4Connection. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 17 years, and we have 2 boys (so far). 

I have been on a journey of faith for about 30 years now and am hoping to offer what little wisdom I’ve gathered along the way by God’s grace.

I graduated from seminary with a Masters in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care in 2011 after resigning as a high school teacher and head volleyball coach. While in the program we were encouraged not to have a mentality of mastering the Word of God but to be mastered by it.  The program was the gospel for Christians (as one of my directors put it).  It was an incredible opportunity that God has used to mark my faith forever.  I felt known and loved in the deepest places –  connected and seen and pursued.   Since then, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I have postured myself into willing submission, seeking to walk in step with Him and truly abide in the Vine, looking for Him in both the mundane and the extraordinary.  

I received training to be a Spiritual Director, which means I’ve had hours and days of practicing the art of listening and discernment. I don’t have magic powers – just skills to sit with others and listen to God with them and on their behalf. Before, during, and after every session I am completely and utterly dependent on the Holy Spirit to ultimately direct while we follow His lead and desire to respond in faithfulness and obedience. 

In addition to my slight obsession with finding God in all things, I also love (like really love) the following:

travel, travel planning, 90’s Hip-Hop + R&B, Motown + Soul, B&Bs, Johnnyswim, friendships, going on walks, picnics, dancing, This Is Us, fresh squeezed orange juice, listening to vinyls on my record player, talking and learning about racial and social justice, adoption and foster care and all the messiness that leaning into broken and imperfect systems brings (God uses and is in it all), and Christmas.

I’m thankful you’re here, and I look forward to journeying with you.

 

Renee Shaeffer standing in from of waterfall smiling
Renee Shaeffer standing in from of waterfall smiling

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Curating4Connection

Curate: verb | cu·​rate: to select items for other people to experience.

We’re familiar with curators at museums who organize, design, and present pieces and exhibits for the engagement and enjoyment of others, but if we go further back the Latin root cura means ‘care’ and a curate was/is someone who helps to care for the souls of local parishes. It turns out that both these contexts fit beautifully with what I hope to do with this platform. I will be curating resources, images, reflections, verses, art, etc. all for the purpose of fostering connection between us and God. 

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Do you have any questions about spiritual formation or direction? Send me a message. I respond every Friday. 

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