Leadership

Joanne Blum, Ph.D. 

Spiritual Director

 

Joanne Blum, Ph.D. is co-founder, with her husband, Joe Lambert, of IN SPIRIT MINISTRIES, a spiritual non-profit dedicated to supporting the wholeness of all people through the healing power of word and song.  IN SPIRIT hosts a monthly music and meditation service called the "First Saturday Chant” on the first Saturday of every month at 5pm. This event is held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus. IN SPIRIT also does musical and ministerial outreach to hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement centers. We offer musical performances, prayer circles, drumming circles, and pastoral care visits. 

 

Joanne’s legal ordination is through the Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc. a non-profit, interfaith ministry founded more than 25 years ago to support diverse service ministries without constraint by religious dogma, rules, or denominational categories. Operating under a broad-based principle of non-judgment and unconditional love, the Universal Brotherhood provides a legal base for thousands of diverse, international ministries, conducted by people of all races, faiths, and professions, from artists, preachers, doctors, and  musicians, to psychics, scientists, and Reiki practitioners. For more information about the Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc., see: www.universalbrotherhood.org.


Having been reared in a faith tradition referred to as New Thought Christianity, a non-denominational branch of Christianity that typically includes Unity, Religious Science, and Divine Science, Joanne has a broad educational background in both Unity and Religious Science.  She has written extensively for magazines associated with these New Thought philosophies, and frequently serves as a guest speaker and teacher in New Thought ministries in this region.  Before founding In Spirit Ministries and becoming its Spiritual Director, she served as Spiritual Leader of Unity East Church in Pickerington, Ohio from 2001 to 2009.  Having a doctorate in English language and literature, Joanne has also worked as a college English instructor and as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in the English Department of Ohio State. 

 

Joanne is the author of five books, among them  Here I Am, Lord: A Minister Reflects On Her Calling, a personal memoir and exploration of ministry;  Living Your Calling, on finding and following calling; and Oh My Beloved: Seven Lessons in Sacred Relationship, on cultivating spiritually supportive relationship. She has had articles published in a wide variety of magazines, including Unity Magazine, Science of Mind, Ohio Magazine, Columbus Monthly, and other publications.


Joanne and her husband, Joe Lambert, are also active musicians (guitar/flute and vocal duet) and perform often at churches, retirement centers, and community events. They have three CDs: Love Is Enough,  Even More Love, and Love Is. You can find more information about their music by looking at the “Music CDs” link on Joanne's web site, www.joanneblum.com. They also perform, along with two other musicians, in the hippie nostalgia band, "The Bead People," focusing on the peace and love music of the 1960s and 70s.