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Meet Molly Hansen

Molly HansenWhat leadership role(s) do you hold here?

I am currently the secretary of the Board of Directors and have previously served as President and Vice-president. I am also a Prayer Chaplain.

What's your favorite thing about Abundant Life Spiritual Center?

Wow. This is really tough – I love so much about Abundant Life. It is truly a spiritual home for me – I always feel engaged when I participate in an AL activity whether it’s Sunday Celebration, a class like Foundations or a workshop like Crucial Conversations. The community of friends is amazing. I have been through some pretty significant challenges since we first began and I have always felt supported – in prayer, in love and in integrity. And, I am learning to request support! That’s big for me.

What is one thing you're looking forward to this year?

I am looking forward to the Prayer Class in June. I am a Prayer Chaplain and I LOVE praying with and for people – it is truly one of my all time favorite things to do. To encourage others in their prayer life will be fun and totally gratifying.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I like to go for walks with my husband. I love to cook and read but making the time to do both is hard sometimes. I love to hang out with my three grown kids.

What is your favorite book or movie?

My favorite book is The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hahn. One of my favorite movies is the rather new-ish, um.., I’ll call it the Godfather Duet rather than the Godfather Trilogy. It is Godfather 1 & 2 put together chronologically and there is additional footage not used in the original movies. It is VERY LONG but I love watching it. They wisely leave off Part 3.

If you could invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner for an evening, who would you choose and why?

This could be different on any given day depending on what is on my heart and mind at the time. Today, I would like to invite Pema Chodron, Tibetan Buddhist nun; Karen Armstrong, former Roman Catholic religious sister, author and often called “a prominent and prolific religious historian; and Jesus. I would LOVE to hear Jesus’s perspective on women in religious communities.

When was the last time you laughed really hard?

Last night, April 25, 2016. I was at the retirement party of a dear friend who has just retired after 42 years as the Production Stage Manager at the Goodman Theatre. Joe and his wife Sara were the impetus for me to move to Chicago in September, 1979 and Sara, with another friend, set me up on a blind date where I met my husband Scott. Joe is one of the most hilarious, irreverent, naughty, spicy, generous, kind and loving people I know.

Anything else you want to share?

I came into the planning of Abundant Life Spiritual Center feeling spiritually bereft. I have learned so much and made such wonderful friends – I really can’t imagine my life without a spiritual community like this! So, so grateful to Rev. Carol for her leadership and teachings! And most of all so grateful to Divine Spirit, God, the energy and source of all there is!

Silent Unity


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