Mary van Balen is an author
living in Columbus, OH.
She writes about widening our circles of awareness and inclusion through compassionate encounter with one another and with the Sacred.
Widening Our Circles is a series of blog posts on expanding our horizons by embracing human diversity.
On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed two executive orders. One added gender identity as a protected category to an order originally signed by … [Read More...]
Mary, a spiritual director, holds a MA in Theology, and has been writing on spirituality and faith for 30 years. You’ll find posts on these topics under the heading “The Scallop.”
As I listened to today's Gospel reading, I pictured Jesus telling Peter to get out of the way, leave, calling him "Satan" to boot. Peter had protested … [Read More...]
Mary is currently working on her latest book “Julia All Along: A Mother’s Journey with her Transsexual Daughter," a real, sometimes painful, always loving memoir of her experiences as the parent of a transgender child.