Waterspirit Welcomes New Executive Director Blair Nelsen

Please join us in welcoming Waterspirit’s new Executive Director! Blair Nelsen officially started work at Waterspirit on July 1. She joins us from Yale Divinity School, where she recently completed her Master of Arts in Religion. Prior to attending Yale, Blair lived and worked in the Amazon and Atlantic forests of Brazil for 11 years, where she was engaged in grassroots ecological and spirituality work. Blair believes in the potential of a strong spiritual foundation to fuel effective social justice work, and she is thrilled to be joining the Waterspirit community.

After more than 20 years at the helm of Waterspirit, Sister Suzanne Golas is transitioning into retirement later this year. Stay tuned for more information regarding a celebration of Suzanne!


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Water, Watercolors & Wine

Thursday, April 11

6:30-8:30 pm

Explore the interconnectedness of spirituality and art through the medium of watercolor. The evening will be facilitated by experienced instructor Deborah Sparling, whose training and teaching in the fine arts has extended to many mediums; including painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.  Deborah believes the sweetness of life is expressed through the creative arts and she is looking forward to helping participants learn and explore, whether they are new to watercolors or a more experienced painter.

Bring an image of water that inspires you. Perfection is not the goal, artistic expression of your love for water is.

Supplies provided. Wine, cheese and crackers will be served.

Cost: $20

Registration is limited.

To register online go to https://waterspiritwatercolors.eventbrite.com

Or call us at 732-923-9788 or email us at waterspirit981@gmail.com to register.

We hope you can join us!

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Happy Spring Equinox!

Spring Equinox

The balance tips toward the light.

Now is the time to start

A journey or a garden bed;

Plant with a happy heart


The seeds of dreams. Wake, senses, wake!

Smell the moist soil that brings

Forth juicy green from its dark depth.

Hear how the river sings;


The waters nourish and renew.

Feel gentle balmy breeze

Caress your skin. See sun’s bright light

Awaken grass and trees.

Now taste the joy. And like the earth

You are refreshed and new

And full of energy to plant,

Begin, create, and do.

-          Agnes Krampe


WATERSPIRIT Job Posting for Executive Director


Job Posting

Position:  Executive Director

Salary:  Starting at $80,000 plus benefits (Depending on Experience)

To Apply:  Submit cover letter indicating interest and experience along with resume or CV demonstrating qualifications via peaceministriesjobs@gmail.com by March 15, 2019.


Seeking an experienced leader with vision and passion to promote, organize, and articulate the mission of WATERSPIRIT, a center of ecology and spirituality in Rumson, New Jersey. 

The Executive Director holds overall responsibility for the administration, programs, advocacy, fundraising, marketing and community outreach of WATERSPIRIT.  Collaborates with staff, advisory board, and volunteers to organize programs and advocacy efforts and implement the strategic plan.  Actively engages and energizes volunteers, advisory board members, funders, event committees, and participating organizations to promote the mission.

Qualifications & Requirements:

·         Commitment to and demonstrated experience in support of the WATERSPIRIT Mission.

·         Master’s Degree in ecology, spirituality, theology, earth science, or related field preferred.

·         Knowledge, personal experience and passion for Earth spirituality and ecology, evolutionary faith and the new cosmology.

·         Willingness to learn about and work from the core values of the ministries of the Sisters of St.  Joseph of Peace, including dignity of the person, option for the poor, peace through justice, care of creation, solidarity, reading the signs of the times, and collaboration.

·         Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a team environment.

·         Grounding in environmental issues and specifically water issues.

·         Collaborative and creative spirit.

·         Strong written and oral communication skills with excellent interpersonal skills and strong, persuasive public speaking ability.

·         Facility with non-profit finances, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.

·         Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.

·         Ability to look at issues from a local perspective, as well as national and international.

·         Strong organizational skills with the ability to direct and implement programs in line with mission.

·         Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteers, donors and stakeholders.


WATERSPIRIT’s Mission Statement

WATERSPIRIT is a center of ecology and spirituality that informs, inspires, and enables all people to deepen their consciousness of the sacredness and interdependence of all creation with a focus on water as critical in sustaining all life.  WATERSPIRIT is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. 

Core Values

Ø  WATERSPIRIT values education, advocacy, and collaboration in promoting the individual transformation and systemic change needed to sustain water and all life on Earth.

Ø  WATERSPIRIT values the inclusion of all who seek to pursue a spirituality that deepens their connection with Earth and all her systems.

Ø  WATERSPIRIT, rooted in the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching, stresses the importance of the right to clean, safe water for the poor and disadvantaged.

WATERSPIRIT is a Ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace


"Meditations on Nature, Meditations on Silence"

"Anyone who has probed the inner life, who has sat in silence long enough to experience the stillness of the mind behind its apparent noise, is faced with a mystery. Apart from all the outer attractions of life in the world, there exists at the center of human consciousness something quite satisfying and beautiful in itself, a beauty without features. The mystery is not so much that these two dimensions exist - an outer world and the mystery of the inner world - but that we are suspended between them, as a space in which both worlds meet... as if the human being is the meeting point, the threshold between two worlds." - Kabir Helmisnski, from The Knowing Heart

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