Rev. Rayna Hamre (she/her) has been a life-long student of alternative states of mind, experiencing these transitional states since childhood, while out in nature. After surveying many of the spiritual traditions of Asia as a teenager, her serious spiritual journey began with the practice of Japanese Zen Buddhism at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, and an exploration of ancient Greco-Roman traditions, in her late teenage years. This pursuit of a serious meditative practice from her early years has had a profound effect on her life. She began to ask those larger questions about life's purpose, and what happens to us after we die.
Rev. Rayna has studied at Cherry Hill Pagan Seminary, has completed training at the Temple of Witchcraft with teacher Christopher Penczak, served as a mentor and teaching assistant to the TOW Program, and participated in the Harner Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Rayna has been an active Pagan leader and teacher in the Orange County area for over 25 years.
As an ordained Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister, Rev. Rayna strives to live by the powerful UU values that she and her family have followed for over 30 years, embodied the Seven Principles and Six Sources of the UU tradition. In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Classical Civilizations of Greece and Rome, she also holds a Masters Degree in European History, and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School (MLTS). Attracted to mysticism as a history student, her Master's thesis focused on women participating in Gnostic Christianity during the early centuries of the Common Era. She received the MLTS Clayton Bowen Prize in New Testament Studies for her theology paper on the mysticism embodied in the opening chapter of the Book of John. She feels a deep connection to the mystical traditions of both the Universalists and the Unitarians, including the Transcendentalists and the Spiritualists of the 19th century.
She continues to answer the powerful call to teach what she has learned, within both the Pagan and Unitarian Universalist traditions. She has shared her knowledge with UUs and Pagans of all ages, and continues to be an active student in these and many other areas of study, including science. As founder and lead teacher of Three Worlds One Heart, she is thrilled to be connecting with many people, and honors the privilege of walking with them on their spiritual journey. She invites you to join in with her and the diverse students, participants, and mentors at Three Worlds.
Three Worlds One Heart is an independent organization, and is not affiliated with any other school, lodge, or temple.