Choosing Your Path

by Joy Barnitz

Artwork by Marguerite L. Acton. Copyright General Church of the New Jerusalem. Used by permission.

In this message, Joy Barnitz explores the spiritual meaning of Epiphany and the role it plays in the seasons of our gradual inner development. Click Below for a printable PDF version of the piece:

Joy T. Barnitz, M.Div, Ph.D. is on the Leadership Team of the Tri-City Interfaith Council, which has members from Fremont, Union City and Newark, California, serving as President 2021-2022.

A lifelong Swedenborgian, Joy has served on the Board of Wayfarers Chapel and on the Council of the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church. A member of three Christian denominations, she is an active member of Niles Discovery Church in Fremont, a church aligned with both the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition to her interfaith work, she serves on boards at several levels in the UCC. She received her Certificate of Swedenborgian Theology in 2014 and her M.Div. in 2015, both from the Pacific School of Religion; she received her Certificate in Women’s Studies in Religion from the Graduate Theological Union in 2018.

Now retired after over 30 years in the biopharmaceutical industry, she has broad experience at the laboratory bench, in the corporate boardroom and at the bedside. She volunteers as a spiritual care provider at Washington Hospital where she serves as an on-call chaplain and leads a No One Dies Alone program.

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