The Gospel. Food. Body Image.

a ministry of Karis House for women

Rheó is a ministry of Karis House for women who desire to grow in their understanding of food and body image, through gospel-centered counseling, workshops, and support groups led by a professional counselor.


What is the vision behind Rheó?

Rheó began with the knowledge that:

  • struggles with food and body image are widespread, especially (but not exclusively) among women
  • high percentages of women face an internal battle when it comes to eating, getting dressed in the morning, seeing their reflection in a mirror, and emotional eating (among many other related food and body struggles)
  • many women face this struggle alone, in secret, hidden from those who know them best

What if God is not silent on our relationship with food or our bodies? What would it look like to engage truth in community around this important topic? These questions birthed the vision of Rheó. 

In Greek, rheó (pronounced ray-O) is translated as “I flow” or “I overflow.” It is out of the overflow of God's love for us that we are able to experience true hope and freedom. God is not silent nor absent on our struggles, but pervasively engaged and clear that the prescription for fullness of life goes far beyond behavior modification, self-improvement, and self-salvation strategies (Deuteronomy 30).

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’
— Jesus of Nazareth

Ultimately, Rheó exists to gather women, seek God and his Word and be held in community as we seek hope and redemption in our relationship to food and body.


Want to get Involved?

Join us for a Workshop!

We are surrounded by cultural, familial, and our very own messages about food and body image. How does the Gospel confront those messages & speak to our hearts?

Come join us for a half day workshop where we get to enter into the topics of the Gospel, food and body image more deeply.

This workshop is open to ALL women (ages 18+)!  We would love to have you, your friends, family, and colleagues!  Mark your calendars, & spread the news!

Stay tuned for details about our next workshop!


Join a Rheó Support Group

Rheó’s next support group will begin in Summer 2017.  If you are interested in our 12-week support group held at Karis House this Spring, sign-up for group will take place on the day of the Rheó Workshop. Group space is limited.  If you have any questions or would like to express your interest, contact Kristy.

Sign up for Individual Counseling

Register here for individual counseling through Karis House.

You can also read more about Rheó through our blog.  If you have questions, or would like to stay up-to-date about future events & groups offered through Rheó or would like to connect with a leader, contact Kristy Scalf.

Rheó's ministry is made possible by a generous grant from The Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis. Karis House is deeply grateful for the opportunity to minister to the community through this grant. The Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis is a local organization that supports efforts to see the Church brought into the lives of hurting people and people included in the healing life of the Church.