Linda Carleton is a former teacher of history and comparative religions and minister. In 2001 she was ordained in the United Church of Christ and founded Melita House, a refugee welcome house in Guilford, Connecticut. After retirement, she moved to Maine with her husband Peter where she now paints, writes, leads mandala workshops and teaches English to immigrants. She is the founder of Maine Mandalas (mainemandalas.com) and author of Elmina’s Fire. Linda is perpetually seeking new ways to integrate her own Christian faith with the world’s diverse spiritual teachings and to help the world heal from its history of religious abuse.