Kristabeth Eleanor Atwood, M. Div.
A Pastor for People Who Don’t Do Church
Spiritual Guide, Discernment Coach, Ritual Designer, Officiant
Founder of Rites of Passage, LLC
Sometimes we choose change and sometimes change chooses us. I’m Kristabeth Atwood and I help people through life transitions. From the joys of births and weddings, to the sorrows of death, illness, and divorce, to grappling with relocation, family struggles, identity issues, job changes, and loss, we all face change throughout our lives. I believe these life transitions provide rich opportunities for growth, healing, and transformation.
Through Rites of Passage, I use my gifts as a ritual designer, officiant, spiritual guide, and discernment coach to walk with my clients through the changes in their lives by:
- providing inclusive spiritual guidance for exploring life’s big questions,
- offering tools to plan for life’s changes,
- educating on the transformative power of change, and
- designing and officiating personalized rituals to mark life’s transitions
For over 20 years, I’ve been honored to accompany people through the transitions of their lives. During my 18 years as a church pastor, I walked with individuals and families through the spiritual and emotional aspects of life’s changes from birth to death.
Today, I bring my pastor’s heart to my work with people of all spiritual and secular worldviews. I officiate weddings, funerals, naming ceremonies, and other unique life transition rituals, dive into the big questions that often arise in the face of change, and share tools to plan ahead for the unavoidable transitions life brings.
In addition to my professional experience, my personal journey through the joys and challenges of marriage, divorce, re-marriage, becoming a stepparent, relocation, career changes, the trauma of violence, and loss of loved ones informs my work. I bring my expertise, experience, and gifts to help you pause, reflect, acknowledge, and embrace the transformative power of change so you can move into the next season of life with hope.
Credentials: Master of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary, Bachelors of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Southern Maine, Clinical Pastoral Education at The Chaplaincy Center in Rhode Island, Mediation Skills Training from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, Tending the Fire Leadership Training in System’s Theory
Ongoing Continuing Education in Ritual, Spiritual Guidance, Facilitating, Celebrancy, End of Life, and Life Transitions
Memberships: Vermont Elder Resource Group, Women Business Owner’s Network, American Marriage Ministries, Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals, Spiritual Directors International, International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants
“When I rise up/let me rise up joyful/like a bird. When I fall/let me fall without regret/like a leaf.”
~ Wendell Berry