Sarah Bessey

Sarah was born and raised in the prairies and foothills of western Canada. Now living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3).

 Along with her friends, the late Rachel Held Evans and Jim Chaffee, Sarah co-founded Evolving Faith. She now co-leads the community and conference alongside Jeff Chu. Sarah is also the co-host of The Evolving Faith Podcast which debuted at the top of the charts for Religion and Spirituality Podcasts and has been downloaded by hundreds of thousands of listeners worldwide.

 She also serves as chair of the board for Heartline Ministries in Haiti. Based in Port au Prince, Heartline is committed to empowering Haitian families through complete maternal and infant health care, education, vocational training, and economic development.

Sarah contributed to the NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Todays World; Mother Letters: Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope; Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption; and What a Woman is Worth.

 Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The High Calling, Conversations Journal,, CT Women: Christianity Todays Blog for Women, Todays Christian Woman, and she has commented on religion, feminism, and faith deconstruction for The Atlantic, The Christian Post, Christianity Today, The National Post, and The Washington Post among others. She was an award-winning blogger back in the glory days of blogging.  Sarah is also the author of three digital download books – Anchored in I AM: Holy Week with the Words of Jesus; My Practices of Mothering and Waiting, Accepting, Journeying, Birthing: An Advent Devotional.

 Sarah and her husband of twenty years have four children ranging in age from high school to kindergarten. Shes a pseudo-hermit bookworm, an enthusiastic knitter, tea-drinker, hockey fan, total hugger, endlessly fascinated with Jesus, an embarrassing fan-girl for the tv programmes Doctor Who and Schitts Creek, and she lives with chronic illness.

 You can find Sarah on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.




Past Announcement from the CLAY National Planning Committee

Melanie Delva, Reconciliation Animator for the Anglican Church of Canada, was originally confirmed to give the keynote address. However, Melanie is no longer able to be the keynote at this year’s gathering. Please pray for Melanie, and for opportunities where she might be able to join us again.

No matter what, Melanie’s positive impact will be felt at EnRoute, as she has helped to shape and form the content of our upcoming CLAY. She was instrumental in helping us reflect on the theme of Jesus meeting us on the road through our main scripture reading the Road to Emmaus. If you participated in last summer’s CLAY Journey Interrupted, you will remember Melanie’s reflection on the difficulties of life and that still God walks with us.