Fran Grace

Dr. Fran Grace serves as founding director of Inner Pathway, as well as Professor of Religious Studies and Steward of the Meditation Room at the University of Redlands (CA), where she has helped to pioneer a contemplative approach to university education.  A recent innovation is an inter-generational seminar on Compassion, open to learners of all ages.

Recognition for her teaching and research into spiritual life has included appearances on CSPAN and NPR, a Pew Fellowship from Yale University, a Luce Fellowship in Comparative Religion and Theology, and several teaching awards. After receiving her Ph.D. in 1997 from Princeton Theological Seminary, she wrote Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life, which Publisher’s Weekly named a “landmark” biography. Her latest book, The Power of Love: A Transformed Heart Changes the World (2019) was a Silver Award winner in the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards for “Best Inspirational Books in 2019” and has been received well by reviewers: “a masterpiece,” “splendid and moving narrative,” “reveals love in all of its facets,” “awakens the mind again and again.”

In 2004, a life crisis opened a deeper interest in the existential and spiritual sides of life, enriched by an unexpected encounter with her teacher, Dr. David R. Hawkins, who introduced a path of inner freedom that respects the foundational teachings of all spiritual traditions. In 2008, as per his guidance, she created The Institute for Contemplative Life, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the “inner pathway” common to all religions. Before her teacher’s death in 2012, she edited and wrote the forewords to his widely popular books Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender and the official revision of his Power vs. Force.  The new book, The Power of Love, is dedicated to him and his wife Susan; it recounts what she learned about love from her years of close association with him and, after his death, the diversity of teachers he verified to radiate love. “Love is both the means and the end” summarizes the teaching she learned from him.

ONLINE COURSE.  March 9 to April 29, 2021. Dr. Fran Grace teaches an interactive, online, live 8-week course “Paradigms of Healing and Wholeness,” based on her book, The Power of Love, and other materials. APA approved. 24 CEs for mental health professionals, chaplains, ministers, nurses, chaplains, social workers, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Enriching for the personal growth of people of all ages and walks of life. No entrance requirements.  Go to short video and details about the course.