Rebecca Armstrong
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REBECCA ARMSTRONG

I have a doctorate in ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary and masters from Meadville-Lombard Theological School and the University of Chicago Divinity School. In addition I have certifications in divorce mediation, restorative justice mediation, and psychological first aid. Since 1991 I’ve worked in mediation and pastoral counseling as well as developing a large wedding ministry which is still ongoing. Over the years I’ve worked with over 800 couples – both joining together taking asunder, and re-imagining relationship. I served as the interfaith pastoral counselor at a residential addictions treatment center for two years and have had a private practice doing spiritual guidance for fifteen years. I’m a member of Spiritual Directors International and am listed with Psychology Today.

For the past three decades I’ve been active as a teacher and minister in countries around the world, leading seminars and giving talks on myth and the soulful life in Malaysia, Lithuania, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Germany, Holland, England, Canada, South Africa, and all over the United States.

Joseph Campbell became a longtime family friend of the Armstrongs during my formative years and I learned his unique interpretation of world mythology at my own dinner table. His work and his personality inspired my degree in comparative religion and ethics at the University of Chicago, my training as a minister and my travels around the world in service to the high ideal of inter-religious understanding. For 12 years I worked with the Joseph Campbell Foundation as the International OutReach Director; supporting the Mythological RoundTables, writing the monthly Myth Letter, planning the annual members’ meetings, being one of the co-leaders of the Joseph Campbell Week at Esalen, and our organizing our contributions to the Parliament of World’s Religions.
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I have a doctorate in ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary and masters from Meadville-Lombard Theological School and the University of Chicago Divinity School. In addition I have certifications in divorce mediation, restorative justice mediation, and psychological first aid. Since 1991 I’ve worked in mediation and pastoral counseling as well as developing a large wedding ministry which is still ongoing. Over the years I’ve worked with over 800 couples – both joining together taking asunder, and re-imagining relationship. I served as the interfaith pastoral counselor at a residential addictions treatment center for two years and have had a private practice doing spiritual guidance for fifteen years. I’m a member of Spiritual Directors International and am listed with Psychology Today.

For the past three decades I’ve been active as a teacher and minister in countries around the world, leading seminars and giving talks on myth and the soulful life in Malaysia, Lithuania, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Germany, Holland, England, Canada, South Africa, and all over the United States.

Joseph Campbell became a longtime family friend of the Armstrongs during my formative years and I learned his unique interpretation of world mythology at my own dinner table. His work and his personality inspired my degree in comparative religion and ethics at the University of Chicago, my training as a minister and my travels around the world in service to the high ideal of inter-religious understanding. For 12 years I worked with the Joseph Campbell Foundation as the International OutReach Director; supporting the Mythological RoundTables, writing the monthly Myth Letter, planning the annual members’ meetings, being one of the co-leaders of the Joseph Campbell Week at Esalen, and our organizing our contributions to the Parliament of World’s Religions.
Rebecca Armstrong is a member of the Armstrong family that is featured in the Joseph Campbell biography, A Fire in the Mind. (Stephen and Robin Larsen, 1991). In 1991 Rebecca started the first Mythological Roundtable in Chicago, IL and went on to be the International Outreach Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation for 12 years. She has been teaching myth, religion and ethics at university for the past decade and has degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School and Chicago Theological Seminary. She does mythic life coaching for individuals and continues to offer lectures and seminars worldwide.
Rebecca Armstrong is a professional storyteller, mythologist, minister and teacher. Her family was close friends with Joseph Campbell during the last fifteen years of his life. From 1993 to 2005 Rebecca served as the International Outreach Director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, visiting dozens of countries and helping to establish mythological study groups who explored the repercussions of Campbell’s work in their own lives. She holds three graduate degrees and teaches courses in myth, religion, ethics and philosophy at Indiana University and DePaul University.
Rebecca Armstrong is a minister, musician and mythologist. She is a second-generation folk singer and storyteller raised in Chicago by George and Gerry Armstrong, often called "the mom and pop" of the Chicago folk music scene. She appears on numerous recordings and has performed all over the world, including South Africa where she was privileged to open for Nelson Mandela's acceptance speech of a world peace award during the 1999 Parliament of the World's Religions.

Joseph Campbell was a close family friend of the Armstrongs when Rebecca was growing up, and he encouraged Rebecca and Gerry to tour a program of Myths to Live By in the Chicagoland schools, which they did for many years.  In addition to being one of the interviewees in Pat Solomon's film, "Finding Joe." Rebecca has been a keynote speaker in many conferences that focus on mythology, including "Mythic Journeys" at The Center for the Mythic Imagination in Atlanta, "Celebrating the Mythic Life" at the Center for Symbolic Studies in New York, "Mythological Europe Revisited" in La Fratta, Italy for Arnhem Institute for the Arts, "The Grail" with Jean Houston in Santa Barbara, and the annual "Mythological Toolbox" at Esalen Institute.

Rebecca has degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School, Meadville-Lombard (the Unitarian-Universalist seminary) and a doctorate from the Chicago Theological Seminary. She served in two UU churches before striking out on her own as a freelance minister with an ecumenical urban-based ministry. She teaches religion, philosophy and ethics at DePaul University and Indiana University, and continues to work as a wedding minister and counselor.
REBECCA ARMSTRONG is a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School and has been practicing as an interfaith minister for over 20 years. In that time she has created and officiated over 800 weddings and is working on a book with insights gleaned from that practice. Her freelance ministry also includes mediation, counseling, teaching, lecturing and workshops, and worldwide programs of myth, storytelling, poetry, music and creativity.
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