Women in Spiritual Leadership: Sharing Our Stories – Sharing Our Spirit

August 26, 2019

Daughters of the King to Gather for Fall Assembly, October 19, 2019 at St. Columba’s, Camarillo

The St. Columba’s Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King in Camarillo—in conjunction with the chapters at All Saints in Oxnard and Saint Paul’s in Ventura—are pleased to invite all members and their guests to St. Columba’s, Camarillo, for the 2019 Fall Assembly on Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Co-Hosted by DOK Chapters in Ventura County, the Assembly will begin with registration and fellowship (with continental breakfast!) at 8 a.m. and will include a brief business meeting and announcement of this year’s recipient of the Bishop Gooden Memorial Scholarship Award, followed by our program, “Women in Spiritual Leadership”. Our panelists include the Rev. Laurel Coote, Suzanne Edwards-Acton, and the Rev. Norma Guerra. Early registration is strongly encouraged. The cost is $15 if paid by October 14, $20 thereafter and at the door.


The Reverend Laurel Coote
She, her, hers
Episcopal Priest & Spiritual Director

The Rev. Laurel Coote serves as Interim Priest at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, in Koreatown (www.stmarys-la.org), and is a Certified Spiritual Director.  Prior to serving at St. Mary’s, Laurel was the Associate for Youth and Spiritual Engagement at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes, CA. There she extended the invitation to adults and youth to engage their faith through service, spiritual reflection, and in tangible ways, such as creating and praying with Anglican Prayer Beads.

Another expression of Laurel’s ministry is her work as a Voyage Guide for Wonder Voyage Missions. (www.wondervoyage.com) A few times a year, Laurel leads adults and youth on personalized pilgrimage and/or mission trips throughout the world. Some of her favorite destinations are Iona, Scotland; Normandie, France; and New Orleans, Louisiana.

And, in a very part-time capacity, Laurel continues to work as consultant and event manager in her company, Pick My Brain Consulting.

And when she is not working, Laurel believes in the practice of self-care and sabbath-taking. She enjoys being immersed in nature, traveling, singing, creative writing, entertaining, volunteering and sharing a meal with family and close friends.

You can connect with Rev. Laurel at:
Facebook:  @laurelcoote    Page: @meditationsfromthejourney
Twitter: @laurelcoote
Instagram: @laurel.coote


Although Suzanne Edwards-Acton was born and raised in Southern California, she grew up knowing St Thomas Episcopal Church in Philadelphia as the place where her mother grew up, her parents were married, and her extended family (Gorgas’s, Booths, Geigers & Sudlers) attend church to this day. Suzanne is the great niece of the Baskerville family of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Oakland CA.

With a BA from UCSD and Masters from LMU, the greater part of Suzanne’s professional career has been as a teacher, principal and currently as the Field Director for the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency. From 2011-2017 Suzanne took a hiatus from public education to serve as the Director of Jubilee Consortium Episcopal Urban Intern Program; combining non-profit management with her skills in facilitating spiritual formation which she developed while acquiring a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry from Seminary of the Southwest.  

Suzanne is the Vice President of the H Belfield Hannibal Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians and the chair of the Program Group on Black Ministry for the Diocese of LA. She hosts #WeekByWeekBeads::Anglican Prayer Beads, #TwoFriendsTalking::conversations on race and #InCreaseTheFold::Folding (origami) as a contemplative practice.

Suzanne is passionate about racial equity and is an avid follower of the newly re-established North Star publication. Suzanne is a clergy spouse, mother to one Brown University student and one budding Rap/Trap artist. 



The Rev. Norma Guerra is a life-long Episcopalian born in the city of Guatemala. Her father is the Rt. Rev. Armando Guerra, recently retired Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Guatemala. His ministry influenced and keeps influencing her life and especially her own call to the Ordained Ministry. Norma received a Diploma in Theology from Bloy House, The Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, where she received the Highest Academic Achievement Award and the Excellence in Preaching Award. She graduated with a Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Boston, where she received the Allison Cheek Prize in Feminist Liberation Theologies. While in Seminary, Norma was a recipient of the Bishop Gooden Memorial Scholarship, awarded by DOK Los Angeles. She was ordained to the diaconate in June 2016 and to the Priesthood in January 14, 2017.

She currently works as Associate Priest at Church of the Messiah in Santa Ana, CA and St. Clement’s Church in San Clemente, CA.  She serves both to the English and Spanish communities in both parishes.  Prior to working at St. Clement’s and Messiah, Norma worked at All Saints Church in Pasadena for eight years where she assisted many departments including the Spanish speaking congregation. Norma listened to her call and started her discernment process at All Saints Church and has served on different committees both in Guatemala and here in California.  Norma has served as interpreter and translator for both the local and national church.

Norma is a single mother and has a fourteen-year-old son, Nicholas. She enjoys spending time with him as well as with friends and family. Norma enjoys reading, dancing, going to the movies and watching sci-fi and action shows. She especially enjoys visiting her family in Guatemala or hosting them here in the US.

The Rev. Norma Guerra
Church of the Messiah
Associate Priest