About Jody

Jody is a body & spirit fiction author. She has published Stopping By the Side of the Road: A Tale About Dying, available on Amazon. This is an inspirational story about a woman facing an unexpected turn in the road; it has 8 original watercolors by Ann Edwards.

Jody is finishing her first young adult fiction novel.  More on that on her instagram account.  Using her name – Jody Whelden – will get you there.

Jody has done art her whole life. It is sold on cards, postcards, mugs, tote bags, etc. on Zazzle at https://zazzle.com/jodywheldenart.

And – for the more credentialed part of the mind see below —

Rev. Jody Whelden, RBCC conducts presentations on Heart-Centered Living – 21st Century Spirituality. She is a retired hospital chaplain, a Unitarian-Universalist clergy and nationally retired board-certified chaplain. Jody has served at Meriter/Unity Point, St Mary’s and UW Hospitals. She officiates at weddings and memorial services, as well.

Jody’s discussions and workshops have brought testimonies like,

“Jody’s message is so clear and affirming–and her group work helps you feel the message in a way beyond words.” Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen, Senior Pastor Emeritus, Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, Racine, WI

“Love learning from you Jody!  It is good for my heart and my head in my personal and professional life.”  Sally B., Hospital Chaplain

“You have proven yourself a speaker of great insight and wisdom.  Your vast experience and professional training coupled with your innate ability to engage an audience made for a very satisfying experience.  It was obvious from the questions that came after your talk that your ideas resonated with many, stimulating a lively discussion.” Dennis N, Hospital Chaplain


      Spiritual Courage in the 21st Century: Heart-Centered Living   The 21st Century is unfolding as transformational times. This presentation includes stories, experiences and tools for developing your intuitive body/heart-intelligence for living your life with integrity and ease in the world.

Spirituality of Illness: An Intuitive Heart-Centered Approach  – In this presentation Jody gives stories, ideas, experiences and inspiration for leading yourself through illness following your wisdom from your inner being . One participant said, “If I did that I would have yo totally change my life.”  Yes, it is not a path for the faint hearted, and it is the path for the future we all want.

Education and Certifications

  • Retired Board Certified Chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains, 2012
  • Ordained, Unitarian Universalist Minister,  April 2005, First Unitarian Society-Unitarian Universalist, Madison, WI
  • Meadville Lombard Theological School  – Unitarian Universalist, Chicago, Illinois, Masters of Divinity, 2004
  • Antioch Graduate School of Education, Keene, New Hampshire, Masters of Education-Adolescent Counseling, 1974
  • Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio, Bachelors of Arts, 1969
  • Averill Park High School, Averill Park, New York, High School Diploma

I  live in Madison, WI. I work with organizations and people excited about the material I offer and whose mission I can enhance by being with you. I work locally and nationally.