About

My Spiritual Bearing

Whatever your age, race, culture, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or different abilities, you are welcome in this space.

I’m Nicole. I am me because of the people and cultures that shape me. To know you is to see the character of the Divine that no one else reflects quite like you. To know you is to know God more.

I am passionate about people. I am convinced by Love, and compelled to be an instrument of peace and grace. I am trained to guide individuals and leadership groups to know and be themselves better, and to see the Divine in others. Then, together, we can be instruments of peace.

Dr. Nicole Oliver Snyder is founder and senior pastor of just church, an on-line and local community blending spiritual practices and action in the greater Chicago area. We are about gathering as an inclusive community that is democratic, nonpatriarchal and compassionate. Here, it is ok to be raw, not refined; earthy, not sophisticated; concerned with action, not just theory.

Born in Hackensack, NJ, raised in Denver, CO, she has also lived in Hong Kong, Istanbul, Turkey, and six states from CA to PA. She has a diverse background in international community-relations work combined with volunteer work in multi-ethnic communities, and with local institutions. She is an ordained Minister; a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, w/Education Certificate, an MA-Counseling, MDiv Equiv., holds a Doctorate in Leadership in Community Spiritual Formation and Theology, and Advanced Certification in Formative Spiritual Counseling, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (MI). Nicole currently lives in Aurora, Illinois, with her youth-pastor husband, Howie, and two youngest children, Clark and Lysander, while her two oldest explore other continents – a study-abroad in Ireland, and, an NGO in Indonesia.

Recent Articles

Grief and Sharing Loss

“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,” Joan Didion reflects in startling honesty. In Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, the author processes the grief of losing his 18-year-old son in gradients of deep veracity. He reflects that sometimes sadness is “a cloud that comes along and covers me up.” It is… Read This Article

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Lysander, 18.

Lysander turns 18 today. He is a unique individual. Sure, we all consider each of our children remarkable – it is the privilege of parenthood. Still, from the earliest years, we’ve observed this person grow and develop an exceptional character, unconcerned about how others perceive him. Indeed, when anyone assigns “weird” to anyone or anything,… Read This Article

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Clark, 13

Clark Howard JeeSung Snyder turns 13 today. My baby, the youngest of four, is now “officially” a teenager. Just in the past couple of months his gaze all too quickly approaching the level of mine slipped right by and can now, ever so slightly, cast down on me. I stand tall in this newly appointed… Read This Article

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Genius Sight

It is easy to showcase an idea or product for which you have a talent. Not so easy is the vulnerable act of exhibiting work that others may not yet understand. It is scary. It is often lonely. Still, each images God uniquely. And, the world doesn’t need another performer. The community doesn’t need one… Read This Article

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Creativity Transcends Gender – It Is Divine

The only quality that can be ascribed to creativity is that it is inspired. Creativity transcends gender. Inspire – divine insight; to breathe life into the creative activity that is ignited within. Our creations orchestrate an exhibition of God’s being. Jesus, through whom all things were made (Jn1:3) is our true Mother, as Julian of… Read This Article

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Inner Tranquility

“Peace that demands unreal conditions is a deception. There is no life without work, anxieties, or tensions. Peace is not found in avoiding these but in understanding them and confidently controlling their force.” [Sister Wendy Beckett] From this inner tranquility peace enters relationship through practical involvement in the distress of another. It understands – knows… Read This Article

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