Archives for October 2016

The Spirituality of the Enneagram, April 20-23 (Sewanee, TN)

Tell us what you’re planning …
The Spirituality of the Enneagram
When does it start?
04/20/2017
When does it end?
04/23/2017
Tell us where you’re holding the event
The University of the South
735 University Ave.
Sewanee, Tennessee 37383
What kind of event is it?
Conference
Tell us more about what you’re planning
On April 20-23, 2017, the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, in partnership with The Institute for Conscious Being, will present an intensive weekend of self-exploration and study led by Joseph B. Howell, Ph.D., author of “Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram’s Forgotten Passageway,” and the staff of the Institute for Conscious Being. Through lectures, dynamic presentations, music, video, group work, and more, this weekend conference will enable participants to immerse in the deeper aspects of themselves as revealed by spiritual truths, with the goal of finding that essential self that has been there all along.
Does the event have a website?
http://beeckencenter.sewanee.edu/events/enneagram-2017
What is your name?
Paul Schutz
Email contact
pcschutz@sewanee.edu

Living Compass CWA Training, Feb. 8-10 (Sewanee, TN)

Tell us what you’re planning …
Living Compass CWA Training
When does it start?
02/08/2017
When does it end?
02/10/2017
Tell us where you’re holding the event
1235 University Ave.
Sewanee, Tennessee 37383
What kind of event is it?
Retreat
Tell us more about what you’re planning
Wellness ministries are an ideal way to enhance congregational vitality. Grounded in Scripture and the tradition of the Church, Living Compass Faith & Wellness Ministries provides resources, education, training, and support to individuals, families, and congregations as they seek to enhance vitality and to live into the abundant life God intends for them.

The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South is partnering with Living Compass for this Congregational Wellness Advocate training at the Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tenn. Feb. 8–10, 2017. Participants will learn and plan how to use Living Compass materials in their ministry location. Certification requires completion of this training plus leading two Living Compass programs within one year of having completed the training.

Does the event have a website?
http://beeckencenter.sewanee.edu/events/living-compass-2017
Contact
Paul Schutz
Email
pcschutz@sewanee.edu

The Art of Teaching Spiritual Discernment, March 14-18 (Monteagle, TN)

Tell us what you’re planning …
The Art of Teaching Spiritual Discernment
When does it start?
03/14/2017
When does it end?
03/18/2017
Tell us where you’re holding the event
635 College Street
Monteagle, Tennessee 37356
What kind of event is it?
Retreat
Tell us more about what you’re planning
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is partnering with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer an intensive, four-day retreat to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. The retreat will include communal meditation activities, workshops that teach the practical aspects of teaching spiritual discernment, and a series of discernment sessions, each of which is followed by a reflective review to gain insight into the elements that bring forth fruitful discernment.
Does the event have a website?
http://beeckencenter.sewanee.edu/events/listening-hearts-2017
Contact
Paul Schutz
Email
pcschutz@sewanee.edu

Light on the Path: Guiding Symbols for Insight and Discernment, by Daniel L. Prechtel

Title
Light on the Path: Guiding Symbols for Insight and Discernment
Author
Daniel L. Prechtel
Publisher
Morehouse Publishing
Month and Year of Publication
October 2016
Description or summary
lightonthepath-coverMeeting God through Dreams, Sacraments, Stories, Meditation, and Spiritual Practice

Daniel Prechtel contends that the Holy One wants to–and often does–speak to us in language of powerful symbols from the depths of our individual and collective being. Symbols that emerge from our particular situations and are deeply connected with our spiritual tradition provide light on the path of our spiritual journey to illuminate our situation and give insight into God’s desire for us personally and in our common life. The book helps individual readers, small groups, spiritual directors, and counselors pay closer attention to those symbols that emerge from the deep source of wisdom and creativity within and around us to serve as guides. Offering examples from his personal life as well as from professional experience as a spiritual guide, Prechtel explores a practical model of spiritual discernment and discusses how tools such as contemplative spiritual practices, exploring the wisdom of dream symbols, and participation in sacramental rituals all provide powerful symbols to guide the discernment process. He looks at varying contexts for discernment, from personal situations to global issues. There are questions for personal and group reflection throughout the book, along with additional examples of guided imagery meditations and further discussion on dream work at the end.

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.llministries.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Church Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble
Contact
Daniel Prechtel
Email
dprechtel@llministries.com

The Second Bookend: Completing a Life, by Susan S. Jorgensen

Title
The Second Bookend: Completing a Life
Author
Susan S. Jorgensen
Publisher
Applecart Press
Month and Year of Publication
November 2016
Description or summary
thesecondbookendA guide for the dying, and for their families and friends, to approach the final bookend of their lives from a place of love rather than fear. From renowned spiritual director Susan Jorgensen, a life-giving dialogue about death as an experience both necessary and natural. Written as the author completed her own journey toward death, it’s woven with honesty, compassion, humor, and a deep spirituality that embraces all faith traditions.

Praise for The Second Bookend:
Jorgensen’s experience of living while dying challenges us to respond more deeply to mysterious and beautiful questions. Quietly overwhelmed by her raw spiritual honesty, one feels at once an intruder and a welcome guest. Only later do we realize that we’ve met God in a new and yet unsurprising place. —Mark Mossa, S.J., author of Already There: Letting God Find You

Jorgensen’s final work is a graceful invitation to embrace life and all that comes with it. I found myself touched and challenged and thoroughly entranced. —C. K. Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and author Barnabas vs. Paul: To Encourage or Confront

Boldly and frankly engages the sacred topic of death, teaching us to truly listen and reminding us that love, at the heart of grief, is stronger than death. —Josephine Hicks, author of If There’s Anything I Can Do: What You Can Do When Serious Illness Strikes

With fierce tenderness and riveting honesty, Susan challenges us to re-imagine our death as a necessary and natural. An intense personal narrative of the dying process. —Mary C. Earle, author of Julian of Norwich: Selections from Revelations of Divine Love

About the Author:
Susan Jorgensen, a spiritual director for a quarter-century, was founding editor of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. She was the author of many books on spirituality, including the international bestseller Knitting Into the Mystery: A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Ministry. Susan died in December 2014.

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.dublinliterary.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon
Email contact
dublinliterary@gmail.com

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife, by Jennifer Grant

What is the title of your book or publication?
When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife
Tell us the name of the author(s)
Jennifer Grant
Who is the publisher?
MennoMedia/Herald Press
Month and Year of Publication
May 2017
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515m2dljufl-_sx322_bo1204203200From writer and veteran columnist Jennifer Grant comes an unflinching and spirited look at the transitions of midlife. When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? plumbs the physical, spiritual, and emotional changes unique to the middle years: from the emptying nest to the sagging effects of aging. Grant acknowledges the complexities and loss inherent in midlife and tells stories of sustaining disappointment, taking hard blows to the ego, undergoing a crisis of faith, and grieving the deaths not only of illusions but of loved ones. Yet she illuminates the confidence and grace that this season of life can also bring. Magnetic, good-humored, and full of hope in the sustaining power of the Spirit, this is a must-read for anyone facing the flux and flow of middle age.
Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.jennifergrant.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com

Wholehearted Living: Five-Minute Reflections for Modern Moms, by Jennifer Grant

What is the title of your book or publication?
Wholehearted Living: Five-Minute Reflections for Modern Moms
Tell us the name of the author(s)
Jennifer Grant
Who is the publisher?
Loyola Press
Month and Year of Publication
November 2014
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41pmk4iybbl“Doing it all” and “having it all” have become barriers for women, barbed judgments for moms especially. At a time when it seems that moms should be everything to everyone—and failing at one implies failing at all!—Wholehearted Living cuts through the uncertainty and self-shame and confidently proclaims: You’re doing great, just as you are.

Author Jennifer Grant presents a smart, accessible, and inspiring book for moms who don’t have much time, but long to connect deeply with their own selves, their families, friends, and with God. Designed to be a daily moment of peace and reflection, Wholehearted Living addresses the authentic concerns, fears, and joys that women experience as they strive against the imperfect “have it all” mentality. Every month presents its own practice relating to reflection, risk, or rest, and each page echoes the needs of modern moms. Wholehearted Living doesn’t try to change who you are, it helps you thrive where you are.

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.jennifergrant.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com

Maybe God Is Like That Too, by Jennifer Grant

Title
Maybe God Is Like That Too
Author
Jennifer Grant
Publisher
Augsburg Fortress/Sparkhouse Family
Month and Year of Publication
February 2017 (forthcoming)
Description or summary
61gosazkcsl-_ss140_sh35Every child wonders where God lives or what God is like. In Maybe God Is Like That Too, a young boy asks his grandma where God is in their city. She invites him to pay attention to where he sees the fruit of the Spirit. Where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are, there too is God. The boy sees God in the kindness of a doorman holding the door for a man using a wheelchair, in the patience of his teacher helping him tie his shoes, and in the love, faithfulness, and gentleness of his grandma. An ordinary day in his city opens this young boy’s eyes to God’s Spirit at work all around him. For ages four to eight.
Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.jennifergrant.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com

Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels, by Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani

Title
Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels
Author(s)
Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani
Publisher
Hachette/Jericho Press
Month and Year of Publication
October 2014
Description or summary
8505564-jpgAn engaging and hilarious collection that encourages readers to tackle those strange, awkward, worrying, yet endlessly compelling passages of the Bible. The Bible is full of not-so-precious moments, from murder and mayhem, to sex and slavery. Now, an incredible cast of contributors tackles the parts of the Bible that most excite, frustrate, or comfort, like:

What the heck is the book of Revelation really about? (The answer will surprise you.)

How do we come to grips with the Bible’s troubling (or seemingly troubling) passages about the role of women?

Why did the artist of the oldest known picture of Jesus intentionally paint him with a wonky eye–and what does it tell us about beauty?

DISQUIET TIME was written by and for Bible-loving Christians, agnostics, skeptics, none-of-the-aboves, and people who aren’t afraid to dig deep spiritually, ask hard questions, and have some fun along the way.

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.jennifergrant.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com

MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family, by Jennifer Grant

What is the title of your book or publication?
MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family
Tell us the name of the author(s)
Jennifer Grant
Who is the publisher?
Worthy Publishing
Month and Year of Publication
May 2012
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9871135_origCelebrating the joyous art of being a mother, MOMumental offers an inspiring, honest, and infectiously humorous look at the perils and pleasures of raising a family in the real world.

Once a devout believer in the myth of the perfect mother, author Jennifer Grant now has a more realistic yet still upbeat view of parenting and families. Instead of focusing on creating a conflict-free home, raising picture-perfect kids, and being an ideal mother, Grant offers a wiser and more down-to-earth way to love your children that makes room for mistakes and imperfections. She says, “I share stories about family life and how I’ve come to appreciate the mess of it. I am grateful for my own happy, idiosyncratic, and imperfect family.”

MOMumental is one mother’s account of the unpredictable, creative, sometimes hilarious, and always rewarding process of raising a family. It’s filled with funny and poignant stories from her everyday life–a life that mothers everywhere can identify with.

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.jennifergrant.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com