Cornelia Becker Seigneur ~ Faith & Culture and Family Writer ~
Journalist. Teacher. Speaker. Photographer. Editor
I shall remember the Lord and muse on Thy deeds. – Psalm 77:11-12
“I am a collector of words. I love the way words and phrases and sentences and statements and paragraphs swirl together to make literary art.” –-Cornelia Becker Seigneur
I enjoy stories and hearing others share with me their tales, their dreams, their prayers, their histories, their journeys, their struggles and the ways they have overcome them, their fears, their lives, and the way they have rejoiced at the goodness in their lives and celebrated the everyday sweetness of living and conversations with children and hand painted cards from little ones and good night prayers. My husband teases me about how I end up talking to people in the bathroom – and at parks, at church, at schools, at gatherings — people sharing their personal stories with me, and I find that everyone has a story to tell and some of those people I talk to become subjects of essays or articles or blogposts or columns or segments of books I write.
My pen turns often to musings on faith and culture and life and God and family and justice. As the mother of five children between the ages of 7 and 20, I am surrounded with the real life beautiful chaotic craziness of family life with children of such varied ages and needs. I wrote the column titled, “Real-Life Mom” for The Oregonian newspaper from 2005 to 2008, and before that my WriterMom column (formerly titled On the Home Front) was published in the West Linn Tidings from 1999 to 2005. I have blogged about family life for several years as well. I have found that the journey of parenting is a universal journey, an adventure of joy and frustration, of messy clutter and and spilled cheerios and lots and lots and lots of hugs and love. In December 2010, I compiled some of my favorite mom essays into a book titled WriterMom Tales: Corralling the Commotion While Savoring the Chaos, Spilled Cheerios, and Prayers of Real-Life Motherhood. My first book, Images of America: WEST LINN, was published in 2009.
One of my passions is writing about the journey of faith and spirituality. It is a huge privilege to share the stories of people’s experience with God and how He is using them to make a difference in this life. I have written many faith and inspiration stories for The Oregonian newspaper, in addition to other publications and blogs. Writing is a ministry for me and I feel honored to be able to share stories that move others. I write for justice, to process what I am thinking and to bring awareness about life issues to others. Stories inspire, they fill us up and move us to grow. I love missions and outreach and making a difference for Christ and being able to write about that journey, either from a personal perspective or others’ stories, is a huge honor.
My other love is teaching. It is a passion of mine to encourage, mentor, and inspire others to realize how writing can not only influence culture but create it. I especially enjoy the environment in higher education. There’s something about being on a university campus, the energy, the freshness, the knowledge that students want to be there to learn, to grow, to find the calling of God on their lives. Currently, I teach Persuasive Communication at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon.
I am also a freelance editor. I spent five years overseeing the production of two magazines. I enjoy managing and administrative work as well as connecting others into a team environment.
Photography is a hobby of mine, and it all ties together within the communication arts field. I often add art to stories I write. I just love photographing my children in nature.
Finding a calling, a place to belong, a place to make a difference is important. I try to do this through my work as I write about people making a difference in the world; through my ministry involvement at church working with youth, organizing fundraisers for youth mission trips, and connecting writers; and through helping refugees. Just being open to new doors that God presents.
It’s all part of the story. As we live out the story we have been given.
As a writer and a mom, this is my journey. This is our journey. — Cornelia Becker Seigneur
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~William Wordsworth