About Jennifer Reyes Lay

Jennifer Reyes Lay

Jennifer Reyes Lay is a catholic priestess in the lineage of the Magdalene. A cradle Catholic, she attended St. Louis University for her undergrad where she received an Honors B.A. in International Studies and Theology with minors in Women’s Studies, Philosophy, and Spanish. This course of study was deeply influence by her study abroad experience in San Salvador, El Salvador at the University of Central America (UCA) where she was first introduced to liberation theology and feminist theology. Following the call to develop her skills for pastoral and ordained ministry, she later graduated with her Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO in 2019. Jennifer is an ecofeminist theologian, ritual leader, preacher, musician and songwriter, poet, facilitator, aspiring herbalist, midwife of justice, and lover of the natural world. She enjoys creating and presiding at specialized rituals to honor particular moments in a person’s life and to honor liturgical seasons, feast days, and earth-based cycles and seasons. She is fluent in Spanish and happy to offer her many gifts and skills to the Spanish-speaking community for their spiritual and ritual needs. Jennifer is also a skilled preacher and has been a member of the preaching team at Sts. Clare & Francis ECC for the past five years. 

Jennifer finds joy in writing and sharing new songs, singing and praying together in ways that honor all beings, and learning more about the world around her. Jennifer leads Healing Earth Circles both virtually and in person as a way to foster this type of healing community and help us remember our place in and reconnect to the greater web of life. She is also an aspiring herbalist and seeks to reclaim women’s ancient ways of knowing and sharing the abundant medicine that surrounds us in the plant world. 

Jennifer is committed to healing herself and her ancestral lineages, particularly from the harms of internalized sexism, white supremacy, and colonialism. She is passionate about sharing this healing work with others in the Christian lineage, and has created and led multiple workshops for faith-based communities over the past seven year on topics such as: Christianity, White Supremacy and Colonialism; Anti-racism; Ecofeminism and Ecowomanism; Microagressions and Unconscious bias; the Prison Industrial Complex and Abolition; and Human Trafficking. She is available as a consultant and/or facilitator of this type of work.

Upcoming Events:

Coming Home: Re-Membering Ourselves As Earth

Sept 24, Oct 30, Nov 19, Dec 10
Times, Locations, and Registration information available here: https://brushfire.com/workthatreconnects/events/535408

As members of Earth, we are facing many challenges at this present moment. The marvelous reality is: we are not alone – we have so many plant, animal, fungal, and human kin – and connecting back into that reality gives us reasons to hope! Grounding in gratitude for the gifts already present, feeling our grief for a world experiencing multiple crises, reconnecting to our ancestors and the more than human world, we begin to open our hearts and eyes to an ancient and renewed way of being in the world. This renewed way of being re-members us back into health and wholeness with the wider web of life, and empowers us to respond to the challenges all around us. 

To support you in this re-membering, you are warmly invited to join in this four-part series rooted in the Work that Reconnects (WTR) to remember ancient wisdom, name and grieve ancestral trauma rooted in systemic oppression, and experience a sense of coming home to yourself as Earth.

Each session both weaves together with the previous sessions and can stand on its own. You are strongly encouraged but not required to attend all four sessions (and there is a price bundle incentive for this). If you are only able to come for 1 to 3 sessions, we also welcome that! Come for what you can, and experience a sense of homecoming with Earth, as Earth.

October Book Club

Grounded: A Fierce, Feminine Guide to Connecting to the Soil and Healing from the Ground Up by Erin Yu-Juin McMorrow

Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00pm Central via Zoom (Oct 5, 12, 19, 26)
Price: $40-80 sliding scale
Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/421608471287

“With Grounded, Dr. Erin Yu Juin McMorrow takes us on a journey to explore the sacred interconnectedness between our soil and ourselves, seamlessly weaving the science of our broken carbon cycle and the oppression of the divine feminine into a powerful tapestry of hope and resilience.”

What do goddess and soil health have in common? How does the wellbeing of the planet connect to our own personal wellbeing? Come find out in this book study and embodied practice group focused on the text: Grounded: A Fierce, Feminine Guide to Connecting to the Soil and Healing from the Ground Up by Erin Yu-Juin McMorrow. Each week for four weeks in October we will meet to ground in earth-honoring prayer, discuss the text and what it’s stirring in our soul, and live into the “soul soil exercises” offered in each section. Join us to root down deep, reclaim and restore the divine feminine, and heal our common home.