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 and graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Spiritual Formation.
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 sixteen-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; other areas of focus for me are relational issues and emotional development.
My husband and I have been married for 35 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.
One of the most rewarding experiences in my life has been co-founding the Mamelodi Initiative—an organization focused on improving the lives of residents in a township in South Africa. The academic tutoring and the spiritual mentorship that this initiative provides children in a community ravaged by the HIV/AIDS pandemic has changed the trajectory of hundreds of children’s lives, not to mention the lives of every Harvard student and faculty who have come with us.
My favorite pastimes include sculling, waterskiing, basketball, singing, playing guitar, writing songs, going on dates with my husband, and spending time with my adult children. I'm also excited to be blogging for the Huffington Post religion section: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tammy-mcleod
Please see www.harvardci.com for more information on all aspects of our ministry.