About Claudia May, Spiritual Director

Claudia May, Ph.D., is a spiritual director, consultant, author, scholar, lecturer, public speaker, preacher, and specialist in African American and Caribbean literature and theater. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. For more than a decade she has ministered to several leaders of color, and men and women serving on the front line of ministry. Dr. May has also partnered with congregations and denominations, examining how communities can apply biblical principles to building empowering relationships across cultures inside and outside the church environment. She also leads courses and facilitates workshops and one-on-one sessions that enable participants to discover how their practice of self-care strategies can benefit their vision for ministry, and transform how they serve others. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International.

Claudia has taught in higher education for more than seventeen years in the US and the UK, and lectured on subjects related to sports and spirituality, African American literature and Christian expression, religious sentiments in the blues, Christian discipleship formation, creative and non-fiction writing as a gateway to Christian spiritual practices, and writing as an avenue for personal healing. She also lectures on how individuals can forge an intimate relationship with God through prayer and reflective writing. She has presented papers in UK seminaries such as the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham; St. John’s College, York; and the University of Birmingham on the intersection between popular culture and religious expression.

May is the Program Director and Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University, St. Paul MN.

Her writing has been published by Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, Lexington Books, and Routledge, among others.

Her new children's book When I Fly With Papa can be purchased through her website: claudiamay.org.uk

Claudia is the author of Jesus is Enough: Love, Hope, and Comfort in the Storms of Life (Augsburg Fortress). Her book can be ordered via the following link: http://store.augsburgfortress.org/store/search?ss=jesus+is+enough&c=-1&x=0&y=0

May has published several academic papers in peer-reviewed journals. Her most recent non-academic article, “Walking on Water”, is published in Radix Magazine.

For all that she has accomplished, Claudia identifies herself as God’s beloved daughter.