Serving as Spiritual Director of CSLDallas since 1998, Rev Dr Petra Weldes is a powerful, gifted speaker and teacher whose visionary role has created a dynamic spiritual community in Dallas, empowering and transforming lives. In her over 30 years of ministry, her purpose is transformation and her mission is to grow people, communities, and ideas.
A highly regarded, deeply admired teacher, Dr Petra engages students with her interactive style providing a safe, sacred environment for personal growth and exploration. Her deep wisdom, wealth of knowledge, humility as well as humor, guides students into journeys of awakening to their unique expression and creative and joyful potential. An elegant, powerful speaker, her ability to translate seemingly complex and confusing life issues into concise and clear messages invites the audience into deeper levels of understanding of their being and engagement in the world by igniting the change within.
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Dr Petra has co-authored three journals with Rev Dr Christian Sorenson, Joyous Freedom, Joyous Living, and Joyous Abundance. She has been published in numerous local and national publications, including as a regular contributor to The Science of Mind Magazine.
Petra is a popular speaker at local events and conferences. In her 30+ years of ministry she has led workshops, conferences, spiritual retreats, and seminars on a local, national and international level, too numerous to mention.
Long interested and involved in organizational and leadership development Dr Petra has led board trainings, leadership trainings, growth seminars, managing volunteers, and effective communication seminars for non-profits and spiritual communities all over the country.
Dr Petra Weldes is actively involved in interfaith projects in the Dallas community having served as Vice Chair for the DFW Interfaith Coalition for the bid to host the 2014 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Dallas/Forth Worth, Texas, member of Dallas Hunger Task Force, Dallas Child Care Coalition, and the Interfaith Council of the North Texas Food Bank. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Season for Non-Violence, Chair of the World Peace Day, been a member of the Interfaith Council of Thanks-Giving Square, and currently serves as an Advisor to the Association for Global New Thought. In addition, Dr Petra has spoken at numerous interfaith conferences and served on various local interfaith panels.
Dr Petra has authored 16 course curriculums on Spirituality, Meditation, and Emerson, the Bible and New Thought, Spirit-based Leadership and other related subjects, which are used locally and nationally. She has served as regional Facility, Interim Dean, and Hosting Dean of the Holmes Institute for the United Centers for Spiritual Living in both Dallas and Seattle, teaching over a dozen courses in the Ministerial Training Program. She has taught over 50 different curricula to students at all levels of spiritual education, at the Master’s Level in accredited DETC MASTERS PROGRAMS and to CEOs and Executives from all over the country.
Passionate about children and teens, Dr Petra has had extensive involvement with the youth movement in various Churches, Conferences and regional Youth Camps throughout her ministry. Knowing and believing in who children are changes everything in shaping their lives and guiding their future. This has been the touchstone of her service with youth. As a Youth Group Leader for fifteen years, her work was specifically geared towards teens. She ran camps which dealt with bullying, abuse at home and peer pressure issues providing powerful tools for teens to engage in a different way in the world so violence no longer played a role in their lives. As Chair of the United Centers for Spiritual Living (UCSL) Youth and Family Ministries Committee (1996-1998), she wrote a full year Peace Curriculum for ages 3 through High School as well as a year long Virtues Project Curriculum which were both used nationally throughout the United Centers for Spiritual Living communities.
Previously, Dr Petra served as the Founding and Senior Minister of the Abundant Life Center in Renton, WA (1984-1990). In addition, Rev. Petra served as a faculty member of the Ernest Holmes College in Seattle, WA (1986-1993). She recently served as Chair of the United Centers for Spiritual Living CORE Council and past Chair of the UCSL Nominating Team. She has also served on the Move Core for UCSL purchasing a building and moving its head-quarters to Denver, CO. In addition, she has served as Chair of the Education Committee, CSL Convention Committee and on the Integration Bylaws and ODM Teams as well as twice as a regional Ecclesiastical Representative for UCSL in the Texas and South regions.
Dr Petra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Dallas in Irving, TX (1996) where she defended her independent studies master’s level thesis “with distinction” and graduated summa cum laude. Petra was the first Constantine Scholar in over 10 years at the University of Dallas. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Metaphysical Philosophy from the Ernest Holmes College in Seattle, WA (1984). She more recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Holmes Institute (2004). Dr Petra began her ministry in 1984 and received Ordination in 1988.