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

Advent – Anticipate With

Make Advent meaningful. Anticipate the celebration of Emmanuel’s birth with another. Designed to guide you into personal, centering prayer during the Advent season, and intentional prayer for a young person (or anyone, really!) Download the pdf document to share and write in, or link to the eBook version. Start today! It is 4 weeks until… Read This Article

Read More

Apathy – the Enemy of Justice

After the preparation and partaking of Thanksgiving’s feast, I might be forgiven a bit of indolence. Yet, as we shared a veritable bounty in the more-than-sufficient space of our home, the reality that there exists countless others with no home and insufficient nourishment persists. It is an immeasurable gift that I enjoy an overwhelmingly gracious… Read This Article

Read More


One of the most difficult activities for human beings, perhaps the most difficult, is to listen. It asks that I remain still for a time, that my focus lingers on the object of my listening attention for the duration of the message being communicated. It is active. It is intentional. It is human. When Louis… Read This Article

Read More

Use Your Words – but to transform

A common phrase I used with my children when they were developing implements for their communication toolbox was, “Use your words; hitting is not ok.” And it was a useful instrument that led to many discussions about how harming another body in such a way communicates a lack of regard for that person. Then, after… Read This Article

Read More

I want a theology that begins to deepen people's understanding

Reimagine Theology – Relevance in Hurt

Ruby Sales played and continues to play an essential role in securing civil rights for all people. She does this in very practical ways, and she does this in theological ways.

Read More

the great doesn't happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together

Collaboration and the Art of Giving Up Credit

A creative masterpiece is the result of a succession of little strokes, tiny marks, a single idea and then another.

Read More

Never Miss A Thing

© Copyright 2018. All rights reserved.

Enjoy this post? Share it with a friend!