Mary Coelho holds degrees in Biology teaching, and theology (a masters in Divinity and a PhD in Historical Theology.) She grew up as a Quaker and belongs to the Cambridge, MA monthly meeting.
She has worked in a number of diverse positions: as a research assistant in a renal physiology laboratory, a high school biology teacher in Buenos Aires, and a coordinator and occasional lecturer at General Theological Seminary in New York City.
Also central to her life is her work as a watercolorist. Her website at http://www.newuniversestory.com displays her collection of works exhibiting the mysticism found in her literature. The watercolors are drawn from her breakthrough in understanding the depth of human belonging to the earth and universe. Celtic knots appear in many and express the universe and its undivided wholeness in flowing movement. These paintings are a delight to the eyes and provide a vision of images of the unfolding story. Mary is the author of “Awakening Universe, Emerging Personhood: The Power of Contemplation in an Evolving Universe”(Wyndham Hall Press, 2002)
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