Frances S. Lee

Spiritual direction for movement builders, change makers, and non-profit leaders.

Is your soul exhausted? Do you struggle to access joy and hope?

I provide leaders with spiritual direction to fortify their spiritual capacities and inner resilience.


Frances S. Lee (they/them) strongly believes that leaders at the forefront of social, economic and environmental justice need ongoing spiritual care to stay grounded for the long haul. They believe that everyone, especially those outside of organized religion, deserves spiritually rich and meaningful lives.

As a popular essayist, Frances publishes essays that infuse spiritual wisdom into movement building communities. Their piece “Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice” ignited a national conversation about the need for more humility and grace in movements for justice.

Frances comes from three generations of ministers. They are currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School (Massachusett land). Their areas of focus are 道教/Taoism, decolonial theology, and Buddhist chaplaincy.

Prior to become a spiritual director, Frances worked for more than a decade in non-profits (environment and gender justice), tech, and higher ed. They have a passion for creative arts and recently served on several advisory boards for arts organizations in the Seattle area (Coast Salish land).


Why I’m a Spiritual Director

“Spiritual direction aims to help us experience the eternal and the infinite aspects of our true nature through the wise, experienced and compassionate company of another human being.” (Source)

As a queer and trans Chinese American who grew up in the evangelical Christian tradition, I have survived the application of rigid theological frameworks that don’t account for my expansive and fluid personhood.

Traditional religious structures do not work for many people, yet we all still have spiritual needs and deserve to have them met without having to first be affiliated with a religion.

I am passionate about supporting leaders who are creating a more equitable society to end structural oppression and repair historical harms.

Read my spiritual biography to learn more about me.


How It Works


1 Apply

If you are a leader in movements for justice or non-profit spaces seeking spiritual direction, I would love to support you. Fill out this application to get on my waitlist.


2 Connect

In our call, you are invited to ask, say or wonder anything aloud. I will bear witness to all that you are holding and feeling. Here are some possible starting points.

As we continue to meet in our full sessions, I will be your faithful companion in exploring the nuances and contradictions of principled struggle and virtuous leadership.


3 Review

After each session, your homework is to send me an email with your takeaways and action items. I will respond with follow up questions for continued solo reflection and resources that are relevant to your areas of spiritual inquiry and growth.

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Disclaimer: Spiritual direction and coaching are not substitutes for counseling, psychotherapy or mental health care. If you are in need of professional psychological diagnosis and treatment, please reach out to a licensed physician or licensed mental health professional or psychologist. Visit NQTTCN to search for queer therapists of color in your area.