Rev. Imani Olear was ordained August 20, 2005 and is currently called to serve as the Senior Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church, located in the downtown region of Rochester. Through the proclamation of the Gospel, public speaking, training and yoga, Rev. Olear works towards helping others heal from shame, forgiveness, reclaim the great commission and renewal & reconciliation both as a church and individually.
“As a woman of color, that comes from brokenness, experienced hardship and struggle, abuse and self degradation I understand the need for peace in ones life. The book, “Living Buddha, Living Christ” by Thich Nhat Hanh has been an inspiration for creating a balance in my practice on the mat and off the mat, and equally importantly in the pulpit and outside of it. I strongly believe we all need to carve out time for stillness, as well as, look at sacred texts and our relationship to them. When we do, I have found that it can address issues around our feelings of brokenness and shame. Only when we begin to do that will we all find peace within instead of always seeking something outside of ourselves.”
Through preaching, speaking and yoga the hope of Imani Olear is: Peace of mind for all; Peace of heart for all; Peace of community. And in turn, we all can say with confidence - Blessed are the peace- makers and be called children of God.