Teaching: Workshops, Lectures, Retreat Leadership. Classes, and Consultation



Every First Wednesday
FREE Drop-In Poetry Workshop
Albany Public Library     6:30-8:00 pm
All levels, beginners through widely published poets.
Each month Christina focuses on an element of the craft of poetry, followed by writing prompts, shared writing time, and community with other poets. Everyone welcome, no pre-registration needed.

Private Poetry Instruction: Individual Coaching
Regular face to face meetings  of 1.5 to 3 hours to work on craft issues, individual poem revisions, and manuscript  ordering.

Manuscript consultation is also available.


Christina is available for a variety of event leadership opportunities. Specialties include poetry writing workshops, both day long and 6-8 week series; poetry study (reading/technique/critique); the creative process;  process-relational philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead;  process theology;  feminist and queer philosophies,  and, language and ministry.

Some past events:

Weekend Retreats, Workshops, and Daylong Events

–Teaching Poet & Presenter (Tomales Bay Writers Workshops, Pt. Reyes, CA)
–Poetry as a Spiritual Practice
–Into the Woods:An Invitation to Sabbath (Epworth UMC, Berkeley. Retreat)
–Composing a Life: Growing in Love (First Congregational Church, Berkeley, Women’s Retreat)
–Queer Creativity & Spirituality (St. Marks Episcopal, Berkeley, GLBT Retreat)
–Poetry and the Sacred (Pacific School of Religion, day long workshop)
–Poetry: Inside and Outside (day long workshop for children)
–Poetry Reading into Writing

Week-long Classes and 6-8 Week Evening Workshops

–Freeing the Creative Spirit (8 week evening poetry class)
–Poetry: Reading Into Writing (Berkeley Arts Camp Intergenerational)
–Poetry: Writing from Nature & Culture (Berkeley Arts Camp, Intergnerational)
–Creativity’s Motion: An Interdiscplinary Introduction to Process Thought (Graduate Theological Union Summer Session Course)
–The Unrealized: Poetry & the Sacred (Graduate Theological Union Summer Session Course)
–Thinking Theologically (Pacific School of Religion, lay education)
— Biblical Images in Preaching (for clergy)
–Writing Vividly for Worship and Pastoral Ministry

Selected Lectures and Presentations 

–When the Word is a Wind (Hendrix College)
Willits Conference on Sexuality & the Sacred (Plymouth UCC, DesMoines and Friday Breakfast Group speaking with Judy Shepherd)
–Theopoetics: Presentation & Sermon (St. Marks UMC Tuscon AZ)
–What’s So Queer About Christianity? (Pacific School of Religion, –Earl Lectures Presentation)
–Philosophy & Sex
–Rupturing Christian Identity
–Intro to Process Thought (various)
–Poetry of the Spirit
–Poetry Craft Talks
–Coming Together: Malcolm and Martin (MLK, Jr. Celebration, El Cerrito/Richmond CA)
–The Time of Our Lives (East Bay Anniversary of Roe vs Wade keynote)
–Support of the Arts & an Open Future (An Orchard of Artists, Montalvo Center for the Arts)

Selected Papers Presented and Panel Participation (academic)

Courses Taughts at Pacific School of Religion,  Graduate Theological Union, St. Mary’s College Moraga

–Process Theology (12 terms)
–Beauty & Critique: Creative Theologies in the Making (3 terms)
–Poetry & Theological Imagination (3 terms)
–LGBT and Christianity
–Queer Theory & Religion
–Life Stories  : Religiously Informed Autobiography