Assistant Professor of Liberation Theology, Collective Ritual and Sacred Organizing
Rev. Dr. Matta Ghaly (they/them) is an ordained minister, counter-oppressive educator, transformational coach, belonging consultant, ceremonial thresholder, and most importantly, a human being who longs for people to come into their Self more deeply, to reclaim their agency more courageously, and to create their best lives more organically. After studying process-oriented psychology and critical theory, Matta pursued a Master of Arts (with honors) in liberation theology at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, CA), a Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN), and a doctoral degree (with honors) in the theologies and practices of Liberation at United Seminary (St. Paul, MN). In their doctoral dissertation, Matta constructed a counter-oppressive and trauma-informed liturgical theology of liberation, a new hermeneutical synthesis for understanding collective ritual as a liturgical enactment of liberation theology that mobilizes spiritual communities to engage in social justice, intergenerational healing, and systems-repair through sacred organizing. As a scholartivist, Matta continues to engage in writing and research that invites people to reclaim their agency, embody their purpose, and step into their liberation, at the intersections of psychology, spirituality, and movement-building.
Having served as an interim, settled, and regional minister in a variety of contexts, Matta founded their private practice at Saging Ways. Through coaching and facilitation, Matta integrate evidence-based frameworks and powerful techniques to support individuals and collectives in connecting with their inner Sage, the loving, tender, and differentiated Self that can wisely guide us through every question, challenge, or vision. Along with their spiritual training as a lineage-holder and traditional healer, Matta also completed a variety of trainings and certificates in Processwork Psychology (PWI); Internal Family Systems (IFSI); Somatic Experiencing (SEI); diversity, equity, and inclusion facilitation (Cornell University); leading organizational transitions (IMN); clinical chaplaincy (Abbot Northwestern Hospital); and ageing process integration (Marylhurst University). They are currently pursuing coaching training (Lumia) and professional credentialing with the International Coaching Federation.
In their offerings, Matta seeks to create a body/fat-positive, trauma-informed, and person-centered container, where our parts and communities can heal, grow and thrive. On their own path, Matta integrates an earth-based approach to Sufi cosmology & practice, along with ancestral wisdom, contemplative tarot, somatic self-integration, and ceremonial use of entheogenic medicine. Along with their partner Quinn, Matta loves watching animated shows, reading witchy books, and conducting firsthand research on the best plain-glazed donut in the continental United States.