about Stasa's ministry
bread and roses spiritual nurture ~ Stasa Morgan-AppelPlease note that this site is new, experimental, and a work in progress.
My primary ministry is spiritual nurture -- helping people nurture their connection with the That-Which-Is-Sacred. I work one-on-one with individuals, and with groups of different sizes.
There are a number of specific kinds of ministry which fall under the umbrella of spiritual nurture for me:
Click here for more information about specific workshops and retreats.
I am available to come to your community to facilitate a workshop, retreat, or other event. Most workshops can be tailored in length to the needs of your event or group. I can also develop a workshop for the needs of your particular group or event.
My ministry is interfaith.
I particularly work with folks from
Quaker, Pagan, and Jewish backgrounds, as well as with musicians and
dancers; I work with folks from other backgrounds as well. I am LGBTQ-friendly and poly-friendly.
I charge a sliding scale based on income. For group events, I ask
donations to meet expenses, plus a stipend for my time. If I travel to
your community, I ask for travel and lodging, expenses, and a stipend. (Right now, I live in central NJ, and so am able to travel fairly easily to a number of areas.)
Currently, I do ministry full-time, and do not subsidize my ministry with other paid work.
I've been involved with ministry since 1986, have been a Priestess and Witch since 1991, and have been active in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) since 1997.
I have a letter of introduction and support, and an oversight committee for my ministry, from University Friends Meeting in Seattle, WA, where I am a member. Please click here if you'd like to read the letter.
The song "Bread and Roses" has been important to me since I first learned it as a teenager. Part of why is because it expresses an important truth about social justice -- that physical and economic survival are not enough:
"Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses."
"Yes, it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses, too!”
~ from the song “Bread and Roses,” James Oppenheim and Mimi Fariña
"The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too."
~ Rose Schneidermann, social worker and trade unionist; from a 1912 women's suffrage and labor campaign flier
Since 1991, I've been committed to nourishing my heart as well as my body - to meeting my spiritual needs as well as my survival needs - and to working with other people who share this committment.
All content (c) 2008, 2009 by Stasa Morgan-Appel, unless otherwise noted.
Last updated September, 2009.