Amani Legagneur is a professional trainer of spiritual and organizational leaders internationally and a Certified Educator of spiritual health providers (ACPE, Inc.). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Biochemistry and Spanish Language and Culture from Amherst College. Amani holds a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She currently serves as the Manager of Spiritual Health and Education for the Northside Hospital (NSH) system.

Amani views spiritual health education as a vehicle to become more conscious of our human responsibility to develop greater cooperative resilience, loving kindness, equanimity, virtue, and justice in the world. 


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    Amani is an experienced inspirational speaker, trainer, and consultant in spiritual care and leadership. To invite her to speak at your organization, agency, hospital, church, or gathering, or if you would like to learn more about the workshops and professional education she offers, please contact her at:

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    • * Hosting co-leading a three-day invitational retreat with Parker Palmer and Marcy Jackson (Renewing the Spirit of Leadership, January 2017). For more on Parker Palmer’s work click here
    • * Served as a co-facilitator, cultural competency trainer, and narrative teacher for the world-renowned youth leadership experience, CORE Leadership (CLCA, California 2016 & 2017; CORE Leadership at 2015). For more information see: here
    • * Organized and facilitated several retreats and training events with administrative teams within the NSH system and beyond.

Healing Touch

A mysterious illness changes the course of a hospital chaplain’s life

By Laurie Eynon
For the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 8, 2017

The woman sat in Harvard Square. Hunched over in a wheelchair, she barely registered the late autumn sunshine and bright fall colors. Her black braids tumbled loose and her sweatshirt hung shapeless on her thin body. As a newlywed, she should have been vibrant and sparkly-eyed, but she was tired and grumpy. She felt like a burden to the man she loved, who would soon come and wheel her home after his law school class.

She lifted her head and spotted a young woman walking briskly through the square. The woman wore a red plaid poncho, and her sleek dark hair shone in the sunlight. A smile lingered on her glossy lips. Without warning, the smiling girl broke into laughter and twirled in place, her arms outstretched wide, as if she relished being alive on such a gorgeous day.

Rage and grief rushed through the woman in the wheelchair.

How can that girl take up so much sky? she thought to herself as hot tears welled up.

The daughter of a Navy navigator, Amani Brown lived in nine states before her family settled in Atlanta in 1990 when she was a teen. Her mother, a clinical psychologist, provided mental health services to marginalized and underserved populations.

Amani was one of those super-bright over-achieving kids who finished high school early. She entered Amherst College at 16 and won a prestigious Howard Hughes Fellowship in Science.

Science was her passion. Answers to the big questions in life were to be found in its systematic scrutiny. The path lay clearly ahead of her: After Amherst, she would attend Harvard Medical School and devote her life to healing others.

It might have happened just that way. Except that at age 24, she became the girl in the wheelchair.


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