It was Joseph Campbell who said, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” Rev. Marie's life’s work is empowered by this privilege and the synergy of life alignment, choice, and practical spirituality. She shares a unique blend of over 40 years of spiritual, military and thought leadership.
As a licensed minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living, Rev. Marie is the founder and Spiritual Director of the Living Aligned Virtual Ministry and CSL Fayetteville Teaching Chapter. Through her practice of living with an open heart, she inspires sacred conversations that lead to self-discovery, facilitates classes that evoke curiosity and empowers individuals to live aligned and forward through practical spirituality. Marie’s sacred service extends outside of her local and virtual communities. She has served as a CSL World Ministry of Prayer Practitioner and the Manager of Technology for the CSL School of Spiritual Leadership Florida Campus. She currently serves on the CSL Strategic Events Committee.
More About Rev. Marie
Rev. Marie’s ministry is the beneficiary of her applied education in the areas of spirituality, business, psychology, and communication. Rev. Marie is a graduate of Holmes Institute and the School of Spiritual Leadership. She has also earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University and an Executive MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University.
Currently, Rev. Marie is pursuing a doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in industrial and organizational psychology. As a doctoral student, she advocates for spiritual communities and seeks to strengthen organizational cultures through work-life enrichment converging psychological and spiritual perspectives.
As a speaker, author, and host of the podcast, Living Aligned Living Forward, she shares her voice to empower people to lean into the life they dream about and take action to create it through practical spirituality. She is a contributing author in the Amazon Bestselling book Speaking Your Truth, Volume II. In 2018, she earned Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and currently serves as a District 37 leader in Toastmasters International. Before answering the call to ministry, she proudly served in the United States Army. After 20 years of service, she retired at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1995.
Rev. Marie is a wife and mother of two adult children. Her greatest joy is creating special moments with her family and living life as an adventure!
About the Living Aligned Living Forward Podcast
The Living Aligned Living Forward podcast is an invitation to lean into our lives as we answer the question, how do we live aligned and live forward while doing our meaningful work in the world and supporting others to do the same. Marie Kirkland and her guests share stories, gifts, practices, and lessons that have propelled them forward. Our show is an intimate conversation covering many perspectives. Guest include spiritual leaders, thought leaders, creatives, authors, coaches and more.