Special areas of interest: Spiritual formation, prayer, contemplative spiritual practices, ambiguous loss, dealing with grief, spiritual direction, discernment, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution and spiritual leadership.
Hi! My name is Tammy McLeod, and I am on the staff of an international, inter-denominational Christian organization called Cru. I serve as an advisor to both Christian Impact and its athletic ministry, Athletes in Action. I work very closely with my husband, Pat, who is also a Harvard Chaplain. In addition, I serve as the Director of College Ministry for Park Street Church in downtown Boston. The focus of my work at Harvard is in these areas: spiritual formation, prayer, contemplative spiritual practices, ambiguous loss, dealing with grief, spiritual direction, discernment, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and spiritual leadership.
During college, I had a profound spiritual experience with Jesus. This changed my life. Consequently, I have spent the last 30 years inviting students and faculty to experience the forgiveness, freedom, joy, hope, love, and life found in a relationship with Him.
I spent two years at the International School of Theology doing M.A. work in Pastoral Studies with a counseling emphasis in preparation for the M.A. work in Spiritual Formation that I am currently doing at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Spiritual formation is a passion of mine. I enjoy helping people make space in their lives to become more aware of how God is moving around them. I focus on the spiritual disciplines of silence, solitude, Sabbath-keeping, meditation on Scripture, listening prayer and daily examen. These practices have been central in the rhythm of my own spiritual journey.
Seven years ago, our seventeen-year-old son had a severe traumatic brain injury playing football and instantly became severely disabled. I have dealt with a lot of loss and grief but have experienced the nearness of God in these circumstances. I am available to talk with students and faculty about suffering, loss and grief, and other areas of focus for me are relational issues and emotional development.
My husband and I have been married for 33 years and are certified instructors for Interpersonal Communication Programs. We teach talking, listening and conflict resolution skills. In addition, we support faculty in dealing with relational and marriage issues and help students build good communication patterns in their dating, roommate, and parent relationships.
I speak most often on the topics of leadership, interpersonal communication, personal and emotional development, spiritual formation, prayer, ambiguous loss, suffering and grief.
My favorite pastimes include sculling, waterskiing, basketball, singing, playing guitar, and writing songs. I'm excited that, at the end of January 2016, I will be blogging weekly for the Huffington Post religion section.