christine kraemer, priestess & celebrant

about me

formal education

Ph.D. 2008, Boston University, Religion & Literature
      "The Erotic Fringe: Sexual Minorities and Religion in Contemporary American Literature and Film" (abstract)
B.A. 2000, University of Texas at Austin, English / Plan II (liberal arts honors)

500-hour Certificate 2008, The Lauterstein-Conway School of Massage

selected liturgical and magickal training

Feri/Morningstar Mystery School training with T. Thorn Coyle (2004-2010)

Iron Pentacle and Pearl Pentacle with Suzanne McAnna and Morgana in Austin, Texas (2007, 2008)

Boundary work for Healers, Teachers, and Clergy with Katrina Messenger in New Hampshire (2007)

Feri Camps with T. Thorn Coyle, Storm Faerywolf, Anaar, Michele Jackson, and Karina Blackheart (2006, 2007)

Midwest Reclaiming Witchcamps with a variety of Reclaiming teachers at Diana's Grove, MO (2004, 2005, 2006)

Iron Pentacle with Angela Magara and Sierra Black in Haverhill, MA (2005)

Reiki Attunements I-III (Usui) in Boston, MA (2005-2006)

Elements of Magic with Marilyn, Feral, and Taliesin in Maine (2004)

Classes in Ceremonial Magick with Knights Templar Oasis, OTO in Boston/Salem, MA (2002-2003)

Coven study with Breed's Forest (Alexandrian/Eclectic Wicca) in Boston, MA (2002-2003)

Wicca 101 (Cabot tradition) with Nemeton, the Boston University Wiccan Student Alliance in Boston, MA (2002-2003)

Additional private training in initiatory witchcraft in an apprenticeship and small group setting

selected religious and magickal teaching

Pagan Ancestors and Elders: Victor and Cora Anderson at Cherry Hill Seminary (online, 2012)

Transforming Our World: Cherry Hill Seminary Leadership Institute at Cherry Hill Seminary (Austin, Texas, 2012)

Pagan Ancestors and Elders: Doreen Valiente at Cherry Hill Seminary (online, 2011)

Witchcraft 101 and Introduction to Iron Pentacle with Kira in Austin, Texas (2008)

Introduction to Sacred Sexuality with Sarah Whedon and Kamela Dolinova in Boston, MA (2007)

Elements of Magick with Sarah Whedon in Malden, MA (2007)

Iron Pentacle with Sierra Black and Martin Hunter in Cambridge, MA (2006)

Elements of Magick with Sarah Whedon in Somerville, MA (2006)

Reclaiming Core Curriculum with Sierra Black for coven development process, Boston, MA (2006)

Coven-based and one-on-one teaching

other volunteer experience

Department Chair (Theology and Religious History) for Cherry Hill Seminary, providing graduate-level distance education in professional Pagan ministry (2010-2012).

Academic Advisor for Cherry Hill Seminary, providing graduate-level distance education in professional Pagan ministry (2008-2010).

Celebration Co-facilitator Co-facilitated weekly Sunday nature-based earthbound celebration for Trinity United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. (2008-2009)

Ritual Facilitator Co-facilitated community seasonal rituals for Austin area Reclaiming collective TejasWeb. (2008-2009)

Adult Education Instructor Presented an evening class on Religion & Comics for Trinity United Methodist Church. (2008)

Event Organizer Consulted on community events for the Boston area Reclaiming collective Viriditas. (2003, 2006-2007)

Financial Manager Handled finances for T. Thorn Coyle’s New England Feri Apprenticeship. (2005-2007)

Grant Writer Co-wrote a successful application for Trinity United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas to receive funding from the Lilly Foundation for the 2002 National Clergy Renewal Program. $28,279 was received to fund a sabbatical for the senior pastor and to provide special programming for the church in his absence. (Summer 2002)

Liturgist/Celebration Team Co-Leader Wrote original prayers and liturgies, helped plan weekly worship services, organized women’s spirituality fellowship group (the Red Tent), and served as lay leader for Pentecost services at Trinity United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. (2001-2002)

Retreat Team Assisted with planning 60-person weekend retreat on prayer and meditation in different religious traditions for Trinity UMC. (2001)

Discussion Facilitator Led informal discussion and fellowship groups on Christian spirituality and women's spirituality at Trinity United Methodist Church (2000-2002).

Youth Counselor Assisted with junior/senior high youth group for Trinity UMC. (2000-2001)

Editor/Proofreader Edited various materials by Brandon Wiley for publication and performance, including a full-length play ("Kamooka") and a chapter for Peer to Peer: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Technologies (ed. Andy Oram, 2001) (2000-2001).

Lecturer Lectured and led discussion on Neo-Paganism and feminist spirituality for the Brownflower Lecture Series and for Trinity United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas (2000).

Short Story Reader Served on short story reader's board for Analecta, the literary journal of the University of Texas at Austin. (1996-1998, 2000)

academic teaching, publications and work experience

(complete academic cv)

References available on request.