Sample Interview Questions

  • In your book you talk about living as a monk while working and being in the “world of the senses.”  How can people who seek to live consciously find a balance between their inner lives and their outer lives that are often filled with jobs, relationships and other responsibilities?
  • On your blog ConsciousnessForPeace.org you speak out about many of today’s hot political topics including human trafficking, war, drugs and the environment.  You speak about each person’s culpability in the current state of world affairs through our thoughts, actions and inaction.  These issues seem too large for any individual to make a dent in. How do you take responsibility for your part and what are some ways that the average person can make a difference?
  • As the director of the Sophia Peace Center you outline a plan to attain world peace through the collective prayerful efforts of people of all faiths from around the world.  You also conduct a monthly fasting and “Prayers for Peace” each month in your Christian Mystical Order. What does it mean to create peace in the world by cultivating peace inside ourselves and what are some practical ways we can create the inner peace? Do you have any examples of how your organization’s prayers have had a positive impact in the world?
  • Your current book and previous articles and lectures often make reference to the teachings of non-Christian figures such as Buddha and Parmahansa Yogananda. You have chosen to follow a Christian Path. How do you see other world faiths in relation to your own?  How do you think God sees the diversity in the world’s religions?
  • You talk about the importance in your own life of finding the right spiritual teacher.  What is a spiritual teacher and why do you think it is so important to find one?
  • You have a professional background in psychology.  Do you use this in your role as a director of a spiritual order?  Is it important for people to work on their psychological issues while pursuing a spiritual life?
  • What is a Christian Mystic and how are you different than or the same as other Christians?
  • In your book you talk about your experience of God as a tangible force inside of us that can be known and accessed to improve every aspect of ourselves and our lives.  Why are most people so out of touch with this aspect of themselves?
  • You wear a clerical robe and collar for all of your daily activities.  This is unusual in today’s society, especially for a woman. How do you find people react to you and have you experienced any criticism from Catholics with the Pope’s recent declaration against women in the clergy?
  • The global financial crisis is causing greater financial hardship and stress than most people have experienced in their lives up to this point.  What would you say to those who wonder why God, or whatever they call the power that governs the universe, is putting them through such difficult challenges?