Writing is both mirror and medicine for the human soul.
A contemplative at heart, Patrice Gerideau creates and serves at the intersection of life, faith, and the arts. As an artist, she writes and performs. As a theologian, she preaches and teaches. To pay the bills, she coaches and edits spiritual writers.
Patrice is the creator and host of the Patrice Gerideau Storycast, which shares one weekly story to inspire all God’s image-bearers. She is the creative director of Writing Women of God, which uses the power of writing and community to help women heal, grow, and flourish. She is also the author of Love Speaks Daily, a weekly devotional blog that shares God’s Love one word at a time.
She has been published in The Pitkin Review. She has written two one-woman plays, Thank You for Staring, which debuted at the Capital Fringe Festival and went on to festivals in Scotland, New York City, and Atlanta. Her second play, Jane Doe, was chosen to appear at the 2020 Capital Fringe Festival.
Patrice trained at the Honors Acting Conservatory of the Theatre Lab School of Dramatic Arts. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College, a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a Master of Sacred Theology from Drew University. Patrice earned two bachelor’s degrees in journalism and psychology from the University of Georgia.
Patrice is the recipient of the 2020 Frederick Buechner Prize for Excellence in Writing, the 2017 Margaret Pittman Award in Urban Ministry, and the 2017 Laurence Hull Stookey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Liturgy and Worship. Prior to answering her call as an artist and theologian, Patrice spent over 15 years in the non-profit sector in the areas of communication, training, and administration. The South Carolina native is a proud Gullah/Geechee girl and has been writing since sixth grade.
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Putting your thoughts down is one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself.
I am an anthropologist of the human condition and a champion of the human soul. I am an artist and theologian specializing in healing and hope. I am also an amateur biblical theologian who loves to delve into the scriptures to find ancient answers to contemporary problems. I am one who gets lost in the deep things of God and doesn’t mind being left breathless and speechless because of the mystery of God. I wrestle with scripture because I believe that God’s truth is found in its pages.