Kay Lindahl has been described as an inspired presence with passionate energy. For the past twenty years the daily practice of Centering Prayer has been transforming her life. She founded The Listening Center with the mission of exploring the sacred nature of listening.

Kay conducts workshops and retreats on listening as a spiritual practice. She is a Certified Listening Professional. Kay participates in many community projects and is on the Board of Directors for The Immortal Chaplains Foundation and for Women of Spirit and Faith. She is an Ambassador for the Parliament of the World's Religions. Kay is a past trustee of the Global Council for the United Religions Initiative, an international movement to create peace among religions and is Past Chair of the North American Interfaith Network. She is a dedicated spokesperson for the interfaith movement, is ordained interfaith minister and an Honorary Canon to the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

“The cultural and religious diversity of our communities calls for a way of listening that transcends words and belief systems. Learning to truly listen to one another is the beginning of new understanding and compassion, which deepens and broadens our sense of community.”
– Kay Lindahl

Kay is the author for The Sacred Art of Listening, Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening and How Does God Listen? published by SkyLight Paths Publishing, “The Art of Dialogue and Centering Prayer” in The Diversity of Centering Prayer, published by Continuum Press and "Listening" in In Times Like These, published by Church Publishing Incorporated. She also co-edited Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power published by SkyLight Paths Publishing.

Kay serves on the Program Group for Ecumenical and Interreligious Life for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. She is a member of the Forge Guild for Spiritual Leaders and The International Listening Association.

Lindahl has presented her work in diverse settings—local, regional, national and international. Locally she has created programs, board retreats and ongoing series of workshops for congregations as well as inservice training for non-profit organizations and lectures on college campuses. In addition she presents programs on Listening and Diversity for major corporations. Regional, national and international presentations include:

  • Verizon, APEX
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
  • VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
  • San Bernardino Water District
  • Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco
  • Mt. Calvary Retreat Center in Santa Barbara
  • Chautauqua Institute in New York State
  • Episcopal Theological School at Claremont
  • 1999 and 2004 Parliaments of the World’s Religions
  • World Wide Listening Day, Stratford, Canada
  • CSU Los Angeles, UC Irvine, CSU, Fullerton,
    Occidental College
  • Thomas Merton Society of Canada
  • Earl Lectures, Pacific Divinity School
  • Providence Center for Spirituality, Spokane, WA and Lubbock, TX
  • Intercultural Communication Institute
  • Immaculate Heart Community

She is a summa cum laude graduate of Pepperdine University.

Kay and her husband live in Long Beach, CA, where they are often visited by their children and ten grandchildren.

The Power of Listening for Women of Spirit and Faith 2013

Listening for Health Care Professionals from Spiritual Directors International Conference 2013

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