Rebecca Ellen Augustine earned a B.A. in Sociology/Emergency Management from North Dakota State University, graduated from seminary with her M.Div. and PhD, and continues to be a lifelong learner across a wide variety of disciplines. Recognized as a Human Rights Defender by Amnesty International, she advocates for personal and social change through conscious action. Rebecca is a professional member of the First Responder Chaplain Division of the Spiritual Care Association and a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. In addition, Rebecca is an ordained esoteric interfaith minister, author, public speaker, and a Usui Shiki Ryoho master teacher. She offers a healing, calm, accepting presence. She is a devoted herb and flower gardener. She lives in her garden all summer and in her kitchen all winter. Rebecca is also an experienced natural perfumer, terrible fencer, avid reader, happy wife, spiritual philosopher, grateful parent and grandparent, amateur opera and jazz singer, wedding officiant, passionate writer, and eager student of quantum physics. Rebecca lives in a pretty green house with her favorite curmudgeon Mike and their puppy-cat Grey.