A Bit About Me
The Rev. Dr. Joyce Blair Buekers graduated from Claremont School of Theology and was ordained in Phoenix at the Church of the Beatitudes in 1998 after a successful marketing career with IBM Corporation. Joyce’s second career in healthcare ministry was initiated by a horrific car accident in 1991 which propelled her to practical experience as an Integrative Therapies Coordinator, Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor with Hospice of the Valley (HOV).
Joyce founded the Therapeutic Harp Foundation (THF) in 2000. THF’s mission is to provide therapeutic harp music to enhance the quality of life for the patients, their families and especially terminally ill hospice patients while they transition. Over the years the non-profit charity has greatly expanded throughout the Valley and Arizona serving 27 healthcare institutions, over 196,000 patients, staff and volunteers in 2019 and has engaged over 50 harpists since its inception. During this 20th anniversary year, focus has been on helping healthcare professionals integrate therapeutic harp music as part of their daily practice.
Joyce’s passion to clinically prove the efficacy of the spiritual side of Healthcare has led her to pursue her doctorate in Integrative Therapies with an emphasis on the Electromagnetic Brain at Creative Living University. Her doctoral studies demonstrate that we have the power to heal from within. The model of “Living Medicine” and Joyce’s passion for holistic medicine is to enhance life itself through the use of spiritual disciplines like therapeutic harp, mindfulness meditation and spiritual mind treatment.
Having been born into a General Electric family, Joyce’s father moved from Schenectady, New York, to Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco and then finally settled his family in Phoenix when he took over as Branch Manager for Computer Timesharing in the 60s. He encouraged Joyce to start in the pioneering field of computers at Central High School where her two sisters and Joyce played the harp for the orchestra. Joyce’s grandmother was the first woman in the Los Angeles Philharmonic and played with Walt Disney Studios for over 40 years (including the harp in Fantasia). There are 4 generations of harpists in Joyce’s family.
Joyce served as an Olympic Chaplain for the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics Games. She transported the classic and therapeutic harp which was used in 23 venues and for special events such as the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Opening Worship where faith traditions from all over the world celebrated together their common desire for peace, justice and the healing of the Earth. She has been a founding member of the Arizona Department of Peace campaign. On April 27, 2019 she was awarded a Peace Guardian certificate and credential in a Knighthood Ceremony in Assisi, Italy by the International Confederation of the Knights Crusaders.
Her mission includes a focus on how to find peace using many of the spiritual disciplines she used at the Olympics, through her work at Hospice of the Valley and now as Founding Director of the Therapeutic Harp Foundation.
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