Who We Are

Franklin Faine

Projects Chair

Special Projects Chair

Franklin Faine is a spiritual director, Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator, and retreat leader living in Orlando, FL.  His work centers on companioning, healing, and teaching through spiritual direction, labyrinth walks, and retreats for all persons, organizations, and communities on their journeys to embrace life affirming spiritual paths. He is also a writer, poet and musician whose most current project is completing a book entitled: The Encircling Embrace: Exploring the Mystic Hospitality of the Labyrinth,  In addition his professional background includes time spent as pastor for two United Church of Congregations in Florida; experience as a chaplain in a variety of healthcare settings with specific emphasis on coping with the spiritual and emotional challenges chronic illness, death and dying. In addition he has been a psychotherapist specializing in holistic approaches to promoting well-being of mind, body, and spirit as well as work as a  life coach helping folks in  the areas of career/life transitions. He has also served on the boards of a diverse array of non-profit organizations, such as the  Orlando Chapter of American Society for Training and Development, as Program Chair; with the Association for Professional Chaplains Annual Conference Committee as Local Arrangements Chair, and most recently as Vice-President for Development for Gay Men of Wisdom, a national educational organization designed to promote a positive vision of gay men’s gifts to all persons and our planet.

In his labyrinth work his areas of interest and expertise are exploring/discovering ways to use the labyrinth experience and process to build open, inclusive, and nurturing communities. It is his passionate belief the labyrinth offers us both as individuals and communities a place and a path where we may find welcome for our  authentic selves and our gifts as we discover its encircling embrace across the varied/diverse places, circumstances and locations from which we may come.

Education:

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)    Seabury-Western Theological Seminary

EdS     Mental Health Counseling, University of Florida

BA/MA Speech-Communication, University of South Florida

Other educational accomplishments being a Verditas trained labyrinth facilitator and completion of four units of ACPE approved Clinical Pastoral Education