Church hosts rocker-turned-healer
January 3, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
In the 1960s, Ginny Luedeman sang as a member of Morning Glory — a rock band sharing a bill alongside Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones.
“I got into drugs and was trying to find some ideas that would help me,” she said.
The compass she sought turned out to be the Church of Christ, Scientist — a church founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879. Luedeman, now a spiritual healer and public speaker, plans to share insight about weathering tough times at a series of upcoming Issaquah talks.
The opening discussion is scheduled for the church hosting the Tent City 4 homeless encampment. Camp residents plan to attend the event at Community Church of Issaquah.
“I just want to bring something to the table that might make a difference in people’s lives by sharing what happened in my experience,” she said.
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Ginny Luedeman public talks
7:30 p.m. Jan. 6
2 p.m. Jan. 7
Luedeman said the focus of the lectures is not proselytizing. Instead, she said she hopes to impart some hard-earned knowledge about healing and spirituality.
“I share my story without a denominational slant,” she said in a Dec. 29 interview. “I use the Bible and I use science and health, but I also respect where everybody’s coming from.”
Luedeman left behind the rock star lifestyle and married a United States Army chaplain more than 40 years ago. Together, they raised six children and now have 16 grandchildren. The former San Francisco rocker is based in Salem, Ore.
Now, she travels the globe to share inspiration and stories in settings as diverse as churches and prisons. Luedeman said the chance to address Tent City 4 residents presents a unique opportunity.
Tent City 4 settled in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot in late October. The encampment — home to up to 100 homeless adults — is due to remain on the site until Jan. 21 before relocating to a Kirkland church.
Organizers conduct warrant and convicted sex offender checks on potential Tent City 4 residents, and do not admit offenders. Most residents depart the encampment during the day and head to jobs or to search for employment. The camp bans alcohol, drugs and guns from the premises.
For many residents, Tent City 4 also offers a chance to start over — something Luedeman understands.
“I’m just trying to make a difference,” she said. “If you get one idea that makes your life better, then that’s what this is all about. For one hour, if I can share something that somebody walks away with and says, ‘That was a good idea. That might help me.’ Then I’m done. I’ve made a difference.”
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.