Hafidha has been ordained in Christian ministry since 1998, first with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and now with the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. She has served congregations in Ohio and Missouri. Even as she is the Settled Pastor of Zion’s, she is a trained intentional interim minister. She has additional training and experience in conflict transformation with families and congregations, domestic violence, and senior abuse prevention. Hafidha received her B.A. in Religion and Psychology from Capital University (Ohio) in 1993, and went on to earn her M. Div. in 1997 from Princeton Theological Seminary (New Jersey). In 2014 she completed her coursework for a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Hafidha (“Huh-fee-duh”) is passionate about religious and spiritual literacy, congregational identity and integrity, and social witness. Her spiritual practices are mindfulness mediation and gentle yoga. She is a long time supporter of Planned Parenthood and local domestic violence shelters. Rev. Saadiqah is married to Rev. Edwin Heilman, also a UCC minister. Together they have 5 adult children, and share their homes with Bella, a 13 year-old miniature Dachshund, and Martin, a 3 year-old orange tabby cat. When she is not doing church work, you can find her either reading, baking, binge watching sci-fi films, or in antique malls looking for vintage fountain pens which she repairs and uses.
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