"We all become doors and windows through which God shines…" ~Thomas Merton

To inquire about presentation topics, availability, or fees, please feel free to contact me through email: jadeangelica@gmail.com or phone: ​563-582-4724

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Inspirational Presenter

My speaking endeavors are an outward expression of the inward discoveries made during my times of seeking and wondering, and they are as diverse as my life experiences and interests.

The topics I most often speak about in a public format are considered by many to be challenging social issues: child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, addiction, Alzheimer's disease.

Because all of my work, including speaking, is a reflection of my life journey, my words carry a certain kind of expertise.  My presentations are always grounded in relevant statistics, scholarship, research, and theology, but it’s my personal engagement with the topics that resonates with the ears and hearts of my listeners.  They often find themselves in the words and concepts that I have been able to articulate.

My presentations have been gratefully received from coast to coast, and, much to my delight, some were able to happen due to the magical technology of Zoom and Skype.

Inspirational Presentations
​have included:


  • Wingspread Conference/National Interfaith Coalition on Aging/National Council on Aging, Chicago, IL
  • 6th International Conference on Spirituality and Aging,
    ​Los Angeles, CA
  • Memory Loss Conference: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine – Keynote Presentation, Springfield, IL
  • Spiritual Care Conference – Keynote Presentation, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, NH
  • Annual Conference for Understanding Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Memory Loss: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance, Fennimore & Madison, WI
  • Clergy Conference on Dementia and Spirituality: Charles E. Smith Life Communities/Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Washington, DC​

Community Gatherings:

  • Monarch Moments—Community Butterfly Release for Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Dubuque IA
  • “Time Enough for Love”
  • “Turn and Be Healed”
  • “Being Hope”
  • “Celebrating the Beauty of Being in the Moment”
  • “Gentle Hands: Reflections on Compassion and Kindness”
  • “Encountering Kinship with the Homeless” (A presentation to accompany a showing of Ghost People: Seeing All the People—a DVD I co-wrote and co-produced about local homelessness), Dubuque, IA
  • “The Path of The Wind: Claiming Our Ministries,” Portland, ME, with David Kolb & Robert Burns, Flute
  • “Longing for Connection: Perspectives on Domestic Abuse,” Portland, ME
  • “Transforming the Sorrowful Road of Child Abuse,” Tulsa, OK
  • “Turn and Be Healed,” Tulsa, OK 
  • “When A Child is Abused: Where is God?” Boston, MA
  • “You Don’t Expect Enough,” Cambridge, MA