Bridging Leadership and Spirituality

Dr. Maria Church knows what it is like to lead a team. With over 25 years working for Fortune 500 companies, local governments, non-profits, and academia, she is intimately familiar with all the ups and downs of holding a senior leadership position in both the public and corporate worlds.  

Today, as CEO of Dr. Maria Church International, includingGovernment and Corporate divisions as well asLeadership Development UniversityMaria brings that depth of knowledge and her unique qualifications – specializing in organizational culture, change agility, and leadership development – to the aid of companies, teams and individuals.  

Dr. Church, best-selling author of Love-Based Leadership: The Model for Leading with Strength, Grace, and Authenticity, and A Course in Leadership: 21 Spiritual Lessons on Power, Love, and Influence has started a long-needed movement to revolutionize the workplace by transforming leadership at all levels through a seismic shift from fear to love.

Her organizational culture work has realized her clients over 300% ROI, intentionally reshaping their cultures to pursue clear strategic objectives and become differentiators in their marketplace. She holds a Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Leadership and has been teaching for several universities for the past 20 years winning numerous faculty awards.  

Maria is part of the elite 17% worldwide that has earned a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the National Speakers Association. And, as probably the recognized expert in organizational culture and leading with love, she has been sought out to speak on many in-person and virtual stages across North America for associations, corporations, local governments, and non-profits. 

Her message is simple, compelling, and transformative. Because of that, she has been featured on radio shows, television interviews, and in both magazine and newspaper features. Maria writes numerous articles on leadership for a variety of periodicals and hosts an online leadership series, Dr. Maria TV. Splitting her time between Scottsdale and the restorative canyons of Southern Arizona, Maria continues to work with high-performing organizations while working on her next book about exemplary corporate and local government cultures.  

She is a classic rock and classic Motown junkie who one day hopes to learn drums from Keith Moon and Benny Benjamin in Rock-n-Roll Heaven.

Bridging Leadership and Spirituality

Army Brats, Michael Cerepanya

Loved Based Leadership, Dr. Maria Church

A Course in Leadership: 21 Spiritual Lessons on Power, Love, and Influence, Dr. Maria Church

The Power of Intention, Dr. Wayne Dyer

Pam Grout, Author, “Metaphysics, Travel, and Cultural Stories”, Ep. 21

Brené Brown, Researcher, Professor, Storyteller, Author, Podcast Host

Elizabeth Gilbert, Author

Gregg Braden, Author merging science and spirituality

Forbes Magazine

Sierra Vista Community Theatre

Oprah Winfrey, TV personality, entrepreneur, Humanitarian

Roxanna McGinnis, “Support Your Local Indy Bookstore”, Ep. 16

The Monument Fire, 2011, Cochise County, Arizona

Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista, Arizona

Coronado National Memorial

Dudley Court Press, full-service, hybrid publishing house

Tohono Chul Park Botanical Gardens & Galleries

Boulder Crest Foundation

Beth Henson and Ceci Lewis, Douglas Oral History Project, “Every Life is a Library”, Ep. 24

www.ACourseInLeadership.com

www.LoveBasedLeadership.com

www.Dr.MariaChurch.com

http://www.youtube.com/c/Drmariachurchtv

www.CorporateLeadershipSolution.com

www.GovernmentLeadershipSolutions.com

www.LeadershipDevelopmentUniversity.com

maria@DrMariaChurch.com

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Every Life is A Library

Our mission is to collect the untold stories of Douglas through collaborative community conversations, preserving the voices, memories, and lessons of our elders through oral and video recordings and making our discoveries available to the public. We volunteer our time and share a passion for local history and a commitment to story-telling. Ceci Durazo Lewis and Ginny Jordan were born and raised in Douglas, their grandparents were founding pioneers. I arrived in nearby Bisbee in 1983 and am honored to be included. Ceci completed her PhD in Mexican-American Studies in 2016 at the University of Arizona with a traveling museum exhibit and dissertation that focuses on the agency of women of Mexican heritage in Douglas during the first half of the 20th century. Her work has become the model for our current collaborative conversation data collecting. I received a PhD in History from the same university in 2015 and am the author of Agrarian Revolt in the Sierra of Chihuahua (University of Arizona Press, 2019). Ginny is a lifelong community member and has a deep understanding, love, and commitment to the people and the town of Douglas. We primarily serve the community of Douglas and its diaspora; we also serve the larger audience for local history interpreted and placed into a broader context.

Ceci Lewis, Beth Henson and Ginny Jordan

Douglas Oral History Facebook page

Mayor Donald Huish, Douglas, Arizona

The Gadsden Hotel, Douglas, Arizona, U.S. National Register of Historic Places

Pancho Villa and the Mexican Revolution

Ceci’s great-grandfather’s store: El Volcan

Cochise County Historical Journal

Mr. Rivera, coffin builder on International Street

Mining group: Tombstone, Bisbee, Copper Queen Mine, Douglas, Arizona was where the smelter was located

Benson, Arizona

Fort Huachuca, Arizona home of the Buffalo Soldiers 

Douglas History Facebook page

Douglas Williams House, James Douglas Mine owner

Bisbee Co-op

The cities Beth lived in in Mexico, Zacatecas, Mexico City

Sierra Madre Alliance in Chihuahua, Mexico

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Agrarian Revolt in the Sierra of Chihuahua, 1959 – 1965, Elizabeth Henson

Cochise College, Cochise County, Arizona

Bisbee High School, Bisbee, Arizona

Buena High School, Sierra Vista, Arizona

Tombstone High School, Tombstone, Arizona

Douglas High School, Douglas, Arizona 

Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English

Chihuahua City in Sierra Tarahumara  in the Sierra Madre

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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Technology, Talents, Trees, and Seeing What’s Not There

Patrick Rhone is a writer, speaker, and author of 6 books living in Saint Paul, MN with his wife and thirteen-year-old daughter. In his spare time, he restores old homes. Through his writing, he tells personal stories and explores ideas about living a life of mindfulness, compassion, introspection, and truth. He says, “I do so in an attempt to help others. Writing is how I try to make the world a better, friendlier, stronger place.” More info can be found at patrickrhone.com

Technology, Talents, Trees, and Seeing What’s Not There

Randy Murray Episodes 4 and 5 “Myths, Legends, and Complicated Writers” here on Sage Woman Chronicles

patrickrhone.net

patrickrhone.com

TheCramped.com

whoatowow.com

Minimal Mac website and podcast (No longer active)

Anatham, by Neal Stephenson

Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff VanderMeer

Grant and Alexander Hamilton, by Rod Chernow

CW Pencil Enterprise, New York City

Hadestown (2019) Tony Winner best Musical and more, Anaïs Mitchell (Concept Album released 2010 featuring, Justin Vernon, Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, Tanya, Petra, and Rachel Haden)

Hamilton, (2015) Tony Winner best Musical and more, Lin-Manuel Miranda Book and Lyrics

Sierra Vista Community Theatre, Sierra Vista, Arizona

The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Penumbra Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota

August Wilson, Playwright (1945 – 2005)

Non-Fiction Recommendations

The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long-Term Thinking, Roman Krznaric

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go From Here, Hope Jahren

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, Adrienne Maree Brown

Fiction Recommendations

The Parable of the Sower, (Parable 1) Octavia E. Butler (1947 – 2006) Parable of the Talents, (Parable 2)

The Murders of Molly Southbourne, and The Survival of Molly Southbourne, Tade Thompson

The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel

Subdivision: A Novel, and Broken River, J. Robert Lennon

The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown

The Expected One, Book 1 of The Magdalene Line series, Kathleen McGowan

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, Suzanne Simard

Shogun, James Clavell, TV Mini-Series (1980) Jerry London, Director, Eric Bercovici, James Clavell, Teleplay

Roots, Alex Haley, TV Mini-Series (1977) Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman, David Greene, Gilbert Moore, Directors, William Blinn, M. Charles Cohen, Alex Haley, Ernest Kinoy, James Lee, Teleplay

The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough TV Mini-Series (1983) Daryl Duke, Director, Carmen Culver, Colleen McCullough, Lee Stanley, Teleplay

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov Movie (1962) Stanley Kubrick, Director, Vladimir Nabokov, Stanley Kubrick, James B. Harris, Screenwriters

Sixteen Candles (1984) John Hughes, Director, Screenwriter

The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) Rob Reiner, Director, Guy Thomas, Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Screenwriters

Other Important Notes

The Waco Messenger 

J.J. Abrams Mystery Box TED Talk

ITER Energy Experiment

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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A Life is a Library

Dad’s Birthday

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

When Chadwick Boseman, died the director of Black Panther, Ryan Coogler quoted an African proverb that goes something like this: “When a person dies, a library is burned to the ground.” That quote went strait to my heart. It’s so true. We never have the opportunity to learn from, laugh or cry with that person again.

As I was recording an upcoming episode of Story~Power last week with a couple of the founding members of the Douglas Oral History Project, that proverb came back to me. We are a library of experiences, hopes, dreams, attitudes, lessons learned or not, and a myriad of emotions and when we die, those are gone forever. Those women are trying to preserve at least a part of those living libraries for their community and the world.

Human libraries die in other ways too. When a couple breaks up, their special language that only they speak dies with the end of their relationship. One of the monologues we give to our students is from a play called The Language Archive by Julia Cho. It’s about that very situation. The first time Dave, my acting teaching partner, gave that monologue to someone, I thought about all the silly shorthand sayings Barry and I share with each other. If someone heard us say those things to each other, they would have no idea of the context, or how we started making those phrases a part of our secret communications.

The one person I wish I could have more conversations with so I could learn more from and about him, is my father. He died in 2004. He was a deep thinker. He understood human behavior and I learned a lot from him about how to help people feel at ease, how to listen, and how to love unconditionally. It was like bathing is soothing waters to be in his presence and I miss him.

I wrote all of that to say that I had this profound realization this week as I’ve been recording and editing several episodes for upcoming Story~Power episodes. Each human life is valuable partly because we can all learn something from the stories of each person’s life experiences. And I realized Story~Power is important for that reason. Of course, Story~Power is not the only way we can be exposed to the stories of ordinary people, but it’s my way of contributing to the Life Library.

Because I’m so inundated with recording, editing, and podcast prep right now, and because I want to make time to go back and work on Time’s Echo, I am not going to be posting to this blog for a while. I’m not sure how long I’ll be gone, so I hope you will be patient. I only have 15 weeks from now until the next semester begins and I need to use my time wisely.

I hope you will take the time during my hiatus to seek out the stories of those you love and learn new things from them.

Welcome new followers and thank your for your occasional comments and likes.

Enjoy your summer/winter.

Blessings.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Current Random Thoughts

Thunderstorm over Corfu

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” ~ Albert Einstein

With the continued unrest and violence happening around the world, I felt that perhaps sharing these thoughts might help me work out some stuff in my own mind.

There are couple of groups that I belong to on Facebook that are period drama fan sites. This week it was announced that Sanditon, a popular Masterpiece Theatre offering would be renewed after initially being cancelled. So many fans protested the cancellation that after a couple of years the producers relented. BUT, one of the actors, who was a main character, is not returning and there is an ongoing series of posts on the sites by fans who are outraged. They can’t live without this character, they can’t watch the show with a replacement, they blame the actor for ruining their favorite show, and on and on. 

Normally, I let those kinds of conversations go on without my input. It seems so trivial to me. But this time, being a theatre person myself, I pointed out that he’s an actor and when the show was cancelled he had to find work. Now he has several projects in process and probably had scheduling conflicts. That set up a bunch more, in my opinion, ridiculous posts about, why didn’t he say that in his statement, how could he leave us in the lurch, what will happen to the main female character now that her love interest isn’t going to continue with the show? 

I admit, I was stupid and tried to remind the people posting that there were lots more important things going on in the world, like conflicts and disease where people were dying and perhaps they needed our attention more than a TV show. That was a mistake, because, of course, someone took offense at my statements.

This makes me wonder, why do we focus on trivial things when there are people who need our prayers, our money, and our time trying to help them?

I wonder, am I being callus toward those fans? I have to admit that there have been times in my life when I got all bent out of shape over unimportant things. When I did that, I only made myself miserable for no valid reason. Looking back on those times, I think I was avoiding something that was going on that really needed my attention. Maybe those whining fans are doing the same thing.

After lots of times when I used avoidance tactics, this is what I learned: It’s better to deal with a problem when it arises rather than push it away hoping it will resolve itself on its own. The problem just gets bigger, more scary, and complicated when it’s not attended to. Once I’ve done the work of resolving my feelings and of forgiving if need be, I feel much lighter. I’m more objective. I can see the larger picture of what’s going on around me and I’m more able to help other people.

No matter what the responses to my latest comment, I’m not going to engage in that conversation any longer. It’s silly for me to be impatient with those people. I can’t change their minds, and it’s not my job to be judgmental of their choices. They have to figure out what’s important for themselves.

It’s a lovely spring day here. I think I’ll enjoy it.

Welcome to my new followers. Thanks for your likes and occasional comments.

Blessings to you all,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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