MaryCatherine (Cathy) Burgess (MCB), PhD, TEP, LPC – Founder and President of WBA. I have an interdisciplinary educational background, a diverse work history, and a rich array of experiences that have prepared me for contributing my talents, gifts, and visions at this time of global transformational change and conscious evolution.
My love of learning has led to several postgraduate educational degrees, professional licensures and certifications, and in-depth training in shamanism and shamanic healing, mystery school, and explorations into what it means to be a universal human.
I have worked in the USA, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and I currently am striving to divide my time between the USA and the UK. Some of my professional roles have been as human relations and transformational change consultant; spiritual counselor; teacher; trainer of psychodrama, sociometry, sociodrama, sociatry, and group psychotherapy; and shamanic practitioner.
Additional roles have included spirituality and multifaith chaplain; ordained minister and presider at ceremonies; retreat planner and facilitator; university honorary fellow and research fellow; postgraduate supervisor; personal injury claims representative; and leader of corporate programs in medical management, quality integration, and organizational effectiveness.
I have an early history of active involvement and leadership in civil rights, peace and justice initiatives, in addition to university and community human relations programs and projects. In the late 1970s I co-founded and lived in an intentional community in the Bemis Park neighborhood of Omaha. Some time later, friends and I together started the Omaha Celtic Group and the White Buffalo Singers.
More recently in Edinburgh, I have taken great delight in sharing lunch and life with the Church of the Holy Girlfriends, exploring heart and soul issues with Heart of Flesh retreat participants and those involved in multifaith learning, and embarking on esoteric adventures into myth and meaning with members of the Edinburgh Grail Questers.
Shortly after my move to Scotland in 2001, I also enjoyed numerous folk sessions with Torcull Kennedy, my friend and musical partner in Hamely Fare. For all my connections and roles with family, friends, and colleagues, I am very grateful.
MCB Publications and Links
Book: (2008), A New Paradigm of Spirituality and Religion. London: Continuum
Article: (2010), ‘Growing a Multifaith Chaplaincy’, Journal of the TCMA (Tertiary Campus Ministry Association) 4(1): 1-11
Book Review: (2013), ‘Meeting God in the Margins’, a review of Our God is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice by Ched Myers and Matthew Colwell, for Expository Times 124 (9), June 2013: 460-461
Essays: (2013), ‘Compassion’ and ‘Spontaneity’, co-author of A World Book of Values, Belgium: Van Halewyck, December 2013, 73 and 337 (http://www.worldbookofvalues.com)