I believe in the power of community. I aspire to create spaces where people desiring a more just and peaceful world can come together in dialogue. Do you crave a safe place where you can listen and be heard?
I believe that each of us has a role in creating a better world. I aspire to offer inspiration and tools for the journey. Do you seek firm terrain to walk on?
I believe that every person can be both teacher and student and that when we embrace both roles, our world becomes richer. I aspire to live into both roles and help others do the same. Do you believe in your own wisdom and curiosity?
I believe in the importance of engaging with complexity. I aspire to offer stories that surprise and challenge and questions that encourage depth. Do you desire to explore intricacy?
I believe that healing happens when we see the beauty of our experiences, our lives, our hearts. I aspire to offer safe space to explore these – through dialogue, Reiki, and the creation of heart portraits. Do you seek to be seen in your imperfect perfection?
I believe that compassion, truth, gratitude, beauty, and rest are all manifestations of Love. I aspire to nurture these in myself and others, in order to amplify Love in the world.
Will you join me?
Cory Lockhart is a teacher, writer, public speaker, and peacemaker. She facilitates classes and workshops for teens and adults on nonviolence and nonviolent communication and speaks to groups about nonviolence and about her personal experiences. She believes in the fundamental dignity of every person and the interconnectedness of all people and Creation. She does her best to practice what she preaches, often stumbling along the path, but always getting back up and continuing forward. Cory has been featured in U.S. Catholic and Today's Woman magazines. She was the 2016 recipient of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Angeline Award. In 2017, she gave the annual Fellin Lecture at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS.
Cory is an adjunct professor at Bellarmine University and teacher at Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion; she writes for JustFaith Ministries (JFM) and has an ongoing commitment with Christian Peacemaker Teams. She recently completed writing the 8-week program Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace for JFM. Some of her writing can be found on the JFM website. In April 2016 in Rome, she was one of about 80 participants in the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference, organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pax Christi International, and other organizations; she is now a member of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative that was created as a result of the conference. She is involved in various local peace and justice initiatives.
Cory has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Northwestern University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University and a Master of Arts in Spirituality from Bellarmine University and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She was a classroom teacher for 14 years. She completed a month-long training on nonviolence and related topics with Christian Peacemaker Teams and two 10-day International Intensive Trainings in Nonviolent Communication through the Center for Nonviolent Communication. She is pursuing certification as a nonviolent communication trainer.
Cory is a trained, attuned, and certified Reiki Master in Usui and Holy Fire Reiki. Reiki training and practice awakened her to her intuitive gifts, which led to the development of heart portraits. She continues to explore how those intuitive gifts may best serve the world.
Cory lives in Louisville, KY.