Rev Karla’s Story
This story begins in the rolling hills of God’s country—Kentucky. It is there, in a small Southern Baptist church, seated closely to my grandmother that I fell in love with Jesus.
Although I’ve untangled from my religious beliefs that had put God in too small a box, I have carried that love for Jesus my entire life.
That untangling began over 12 years ago, and it continues even today, where I often am invited to release a limited understanding of who God is so I can dive into a deeper understanding of who I am and how I exist and connect in this world.
Some may call me a spiritual nomad, but I now am simply on a spiritual-but-not-religious path that invites me to stay curious, and to continue to release that which no longer serves my highest good so that I am fully available to elevate the human condition in my ministry and in inner circle of loved ones.
I discovered all of this late in life—a testament to the power of religious indoctrination with solid anchors in patriarchy. Raised in a generation where children were seen and not heard, and obedience meant complete submission regardless of the harm it did to you, I lived many years trying to make myself small enough to not be harmed by the talons hidden in this toxic patriarchal structure.
I returned to college for Biblical and world religious studies in my 50’s then onto seminary, but no ordinary seminary would do. It had to reflect what was being asked of me—to understand how God ebbed and flowed in the world, not just in the religion of my heritage.
And I found that seminary at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City, where in 2017 I was ordained an interfaith/interspiritual minister.
Then I began to write.
And write, until one day, I answered a spiritual nudge to take this library of writings to social media and offer it to others who are struggling with healing from religious trauma, untangling from their religious heritage, and desiring a different kind of spiritual community.
TikTok and Instagram became the primary platforms for that online ministry, and to date over 600,000 followers have joined me on this fascinating and healing journey to remove God from the box and instead seek to understand
→ how others experience God
→ how others define God
→ what other names describe God
→ and for some—what it means to question the existence of God
We’re just getting started.
People just like you are here—whether they are celebrities, rock stars even, or major influencers in the social media market, church members, spiritual leaders and teachers, or people like you and me who just desire a safe and sacred space to heal, learn, and grow so that we can live a spiritually-empowered life.
There is room for you here.
And I’m honored to be on this journey with you.