Our Teacher

me-clericalsOur teacher is Craig Bergland, EFR. Craig is an interspiritual priest who was born and raised in the Milwaukee area, graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theology and Psychology from Wisconsin Lutheran College, and earned a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity from The Anglican Divinity School. He is a certified Spiritual Guide; the founder and Guardian of The EFR, an interfaith new monastic community based on the work of St. Francis of Assisi as it applies to the spiritual but not religious world; the founder of The UAIC, an Interspiritual alternative denomination focusing on the “church” of the future; and locally the founder of the Compassionate Heart Community, where he teaches meditation and spirituality. In addition to his background in Christianity, he has been a student of Buddhism since 1999, and took Buddhist refuge vows in 2009. Craig has studied the Hindu ¬†tradition as well, and considers Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass his Gurus from that tradition. You can email him with any questions at craig.bergland@gmail.com

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