Our Speaker

Dr. Faith Nostbakken

Faith Nostbakken

On any given day, Faith is not quite sure what to call herself.  She is a spiritual director and retreat facilitator; an ELCIC diaconal minister and ABT Synod ecumenical officer.  She is a writing coach for Catholic seminarians (Newman Theological College) and faculty advisor for a DMin program (St. Stephen’s College).  Author of four books on Shakespeare, she has taught in university classrooms. Also a dancer, poet, and music-lover, she rarely knows how to answer the question, “What do you do?”

With a PhD in English Literature (University of Alberta, 1993), Faith began her early adulthood heading towards an academic career. However, the onset of a sudden and debilitating chronic illness radically altered that course; caused her to ask deep, hard questions about faith, hope, and the promise of “abundant life”; and cultivated her passion for sacred story—how to believe it, see it, proclaim it, and live it.

Faith talking to Bp Larry

Having completed an MTS (Newman, 2010) and now almost thirty years into her illness, she continues to live with unpredictable physical limitations while making meaning out of the raw details of daily life and encouraging others to do the same. 

Poet Mary Oliver asks,
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

Faith would say to herself and others, “Love the question, shape the answer, share the story.” Will you join her?