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Online Learning
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Books
Click here to go to the complete list of this month's books. The following are a few of the titles of particular interest.

For the Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent
On the Situation of the Church in China
Cardinal Joseph Zen

Obedience
The Authority of the Word
Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap

The Winding Path of Transformation
Finding Yourself Between Glory and Humility
Jeffrey Tacklind

Ablaze
5 Essential Paradigm Shifts for Parish Renewal
Deacon Keith Strohm

 

discover . . . Christian fidelity, the Alpha Program, reading the Bible, meditations on faith and more! Explore...
 

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Amazing Parish Online
Features video modules on the most popular Amazing Parish conference content, featuring Patrick Lencioni and focusing on teamwork. AP Online is designed to walk parish leaders and teams through videos and exercises, giving them the tools they need to build an amazing parish. Each module takes 45-60 minutes and is accompanied by a study guide. AP Online is made available to you free of charge thanks to the generosity of our donors who believe your parish can and should be amazing.
https://amazingparish.org/aponline/

 

Ave Maria Press: Professional Development Webinar Series
Join Ave Maria Press online for a series of free, professional development webinars for parish ministers. Enjoy access to free presentations by experts in every area of parish ministry from the comfort of your home or office. Log in to the live webinars to participate in our question-and-answer sessions or watch the free recordings at your convenience.
https://www.avemariapress.com/webinars/parish

 

Boston College: STM Online: Crossroads
Offers non-credit online courses and workshops for for adult spiritual enrichment and faith formation. With a focus on shared reflection in an online learning community. Courses run four to six weeks with a fee of $85; workshops run for two-weeks for $40.
www.bc.edu/schools/stm/crossroads/

 

Center for Ministry Development
The Center for Ministry Development (CMD) works to provide dynamic resources for comprehensive youth ministry and is committed to helping parishes, dioceses, and campuses implement the vision for ministry with young adults as articulated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in Sons and Daughters of the Light--A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults. The webinars are leader/ministry/staff focused and are priced at $25 per participant with group discounts available.
www.cmdnet.org/cmd-store/category/24-webinars

 

CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.)
CLINIC regularly offers webinars on a variety of immigration law, advocacy, and program management issues. Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes and covers a specific topic. CLINIC schedules at least one webinar per month on discrete immigration law issues. Participants receive a certificate of attendance and a copy of the presentation. Fees vary from no-charge to $25.
https://cliniclegal.org/webinars

 

Coursera
Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate. Highlights: Online and open to everyone; Learn a new skill in 4-6 weeks; Priced at about $29-$99.
https://www.coursera.org

 

Duolingo
If you'd like to start learning a foreign language, check out Duolingo. This is an online language-learning platform designed to give everyone—worldwide—a chance to learn a language for free (no hidden fees, no premium content). You can access Duolingo via the web and/or by downloading the app for iOS, Android or Windows phones.
https://www.duolingo.com/

 

Johnson Institute / Senior Adult Ministry
Offers self-study courses covering four separate categories which provide enrichment, training, and inspirational curriculums. Course fees average $250. The site also provides additional resources and professional certification.
www.senioradultministry.com

 

Religious Formation Conference (RFC)
Offers periodic webinars to RFC members--the Chicago Province is a member--free of charge. Check the website and if you (as an SVD) are interested in a particular webinar, contact this office educsvd@uscsvd.org for registration instructions.
https://www.relforcon.org/programs/webinars

 

Religious Law and Consultation
Offers previous, recorded webcasts concerning religious law. Webcasts are available on-demand for $65 or as a CD-rom for $75.
http://www.ahereford.org/recordings

 

Spirituality & Practice
Offers a variety of online e-courses focusing on spirituality and its practice. Numerous religious traditions are represented: the Dalai Lama, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Eknath Easwaran to name a few. Among the courses offered, there are also online retreats. Prices start at $39.95.
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/ecourses/

 

St. Luke Institute: SLIconnect
One-hour, live presentations by experts in psychological and spiritual health. Participants may "chat" questions to the facilitator during the presentation. All webinars are recorded an can be accessed on SLIconnect after the live presentation. Webinars are offered for approximately $25-$60; registration includes access to the presentation slides, associated learning materials, and on-demand access to the webinar recording for six months.
www.SLIconnect.org/browse
 

Successfully Speaking
Offers online accent modification classes to improve your communication skills and pronunciation of the English language as well as offerings in public speaking and communication skills. Typical cost for a class is $2,200 to $2,500. Note that they also have no-charge online videos available.
http://successfully-speaking.com

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September 11, 2019
2:00pm EST

Capital Campaign Crash Course: 10 Insights to Reach Your Dollar Goal
National Catholic Development Conference

A successful capital campaign not only raises the goal, excites your donors and brings your vision to life, it shows that you are capable, builds trust and sets you up for the next one. On the other hand, a failure will cost you all of those and more. From pre-campaign planning all the way to popping the champagne cork, this webinar will give you practical, proven tips to guide a successful capital campaign from start to finish. In this webinar, you will learn: 10 essential elements necessary for a successful campaign; techniques for enhancing your development operations; and how to excite your donors and bring your vision to life.

Site: Online
Registration: NCDC members $85 / Nonmembers $110
https://info.ncdc.org/capital-campaign-crash-course-10-insights-to-reach-your-dollar-goal-webinar-09-11-2019?

 

September 26, 2019
1:00pm EST

Skills for Empathic Listening: A Fresh Look
Saint Luke Institute

Learning how to listen with empathy can help build trust and mutual understanding in interpersonal relationships. Michael R. Pollard, LCSW, identifies strategies for improving the quality of our communication with others.

Site: Online
Registration: $25 (Can’t make the live event? The $25 registration fee includes unlimited access to the on-demand recording and resource materials.)
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/skills-for-empathic-listening-a-fresh-look/

 

October 17, 2019
1:00pm EST

Managing Up, Down & Sideways
Saint Luke Institute

Ministry and community life means continually navigating complex relationships in many directions – with authority, with peers, and with those you minister to or manage. Daily stressors and the hectic pace of ministry can put a strain on those important relationships and prevent us from communicating effectively. Tasha Dorsey, Psy.D., offers strategies for developing healthy interdependence between leaders and community members.

Site: Online
Registration: $25 (Can’t make the live event? The $25 registration fee includes unlimited access to the on-demand recording and resource materials.)
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/managing-up-down-sideways/

 

November 13, 2019
2:00pm EST

Catholic Fundraising: How Did We Get Hear and Where Are We Going?
National Catholic Development Conference

This webinar will be based in part on the 2018 NCDC Membership Survey regarding fundraising efforts. It will compare this data against the 2018 Giving USA report and other reports. In addition, the presentation will include key insights drawn from the survey and information as indicators for future planning. In this webinar, you will learn: About information regarding fundraising activities in the Catholic community; how to compare your own fundraising activities against national benchmarks; concrete recommendations for future strategizing.

Site: Online
Registration: NCDC members $85 / Nonmembers $110
https://info.ncdc.org/catholic-fundraising-how-did-we-get-here-and-where-are-we-going-webinar-11-13-2019

 

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August 12-15, 2019

Encore Priests: Pre-Retirement Workshop for Priests
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This same workshop is also being presented on December 2-5, 2019.

This workshop is designed for priests in their 60s or approaching retirement. Encore Priests prepares priests for their transition into retirement. Of course, priests never fully retire. By the very nature of the sacrament of Holy Orders, priests always have some form of priestly ministry. But how can a mature priest transition into a retirement that is meaningful and vital? If you're a priest nearing retirement age, this workshop is designed to help you: plan for the transition into retirement; make your retirement meaningful and purposeful; discover your strengths and your likely challenges, and how to best engage both; discover the 15 spiritual growth factors that can transform retirement into an energizing time of personal and spiritual development; and, learn the steps to make the most of your retirement.

Site: Saint Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $650 (includes program, materials, accommodations and meals)

https://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/encore-priests/

 

August 13-16, 2019

2019 NAMMA Annual Conference
North American Maritime Ministry Association

The Annual Conference of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) is one of the largest gatherings of maritime ministry agencies and port welfare workers in North America. Join us and network with those on the front lines of the human relations and seafarer wellbeing efforts in the maritime industry. This event attracts industry professionals, maritime welfare agencies, their chaplains, and volunteers in North America. The conference provides networking, discussion of important maritime issues, and training.

Site: Charleston, South Carolina
Registration: Member $375 / Nonmember $425
https://namma.org/conference-2019/

 

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September 6-8, 2019

12th Annual CALL Conference
Catholic Association of Latino Leaders

The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) will host its 12th annual national conference in Los Angeles on September 6-8, 2019. In honor of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation To Young People and the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, the theme for this year’s gathering is “Young People and Faith in Christ.” The Conference will be complemented by the CALL Los Angeles Chapter’s 8th Annual Angel Awards Gala taking place on Saturday, September 7, 2019. The gala will celebrate and honor Catholic leadership in the sectors of business, religious, philanthropic and an emerging young leader.

Site: Los Angeles, California
Conference Registration: Member $275 / Nonmember $355
Gala Registration (additional): $325
https://call-usa.org/national-conference

 

September 7, 2019

Find Your Greatness (Indiana)
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? At the Find Your Greatness Event learn the habits for a great life!

Site: St. Roch Catholic Church, Indianapolis, Indiana
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-indianapolis-in-sep-7-2019/

 

September 10-13, 2019

Spiritual Direction 101
The Center for Continuing Formation at St. Mary's Seminary & University

A conference that addresses basic issues and required skills for priests and lay ecclesial ministers who are asked to be spiritual directors.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $600 (includes overnight accommodations, meals and all program materials)
http://www.stmarys.edu/the-center-for-continuing-formation/clergy-programs/spiritual-direction-101/

 

September 13, 2019

Find Your Greatness (New York state)
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? At the Find Your Greatness Event learn the habits for a great life!

Site: Church of St. Mary at Clinton Heights, Rensselaer, New York
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-rensselaer-ny-sep-13-2019/

 

September 14, 2019

Find Your Greatness (Springfield, Massachusetts)
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? At the Find Your Greatness Event learn the habits for a great life!

Site: Holy Name Church, Springfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-springfield-ma-sep-14-2019/

 

September 15, 2019

Find Your Greatness (Hopedale, Massachusetts)
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? At the Find Your Greatness Event learn the habits for a great life!

Site: The Catholic Community of Sacred Heart, Hopedale, Massachusetts
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-hopedale-ma-sep-15-2019/

 

September 16-20, 2019

The Newly Appointed Pastor
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This four-day workshop addresses the duties of pastors: teaching, sanctifying and governing. Effective pastoring requires skills in leading and managing, planning and communicating, organizing and stewarding. Understanding and implementing the practices necessary for working well with fellow clergy, staff and volunteers both within his own parish and larger circles of the Church are all key to pastoring successfully. This same workshop is also available on November 4-8, 2019.

Site: Saint Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $700 (includes program, materials, accommodations and meals)
http://saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/effective-pastoring-workshops/the-newly-appointed-pastor/

 

September 19-20, 2019

Catholics on Call Partner Conference
Catholics on Call

Every fall, Catholics on Call offers the Partner Conference. Campus ministers, vocation directors, volunteer directors, and anyone who ministers to young adults have the opportunity to come together to learn and discuss best practices for supporting young adult men and women in their vocational discernment.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Coming soon
http://www.catholicsoncall.org/partner-conference

 

September 19-21, 2019

New Listing
2019 Catholic Imagination Conference
Loyola University Chicago

This international biennial conference, sponsored by Loyola’s Hank Center, features over 80 writers, poets, filmmakers, playwrights, journalists, editors, publishers, students, and critics who will explore a variety of questions surrounding the Catholic imagination in literature and the arts. What is the future of the Catholic literary tradition? What is the state of discourses in faith and Christian humanism in a world increasingly described as “Post”—postmodern, post-human, post-Christian, post-religious? How is Catholic thought and practice (or the absence of it) represented in literature, poetry, and cinema? If, as David Tracy observes, religion’s “closest cousin is not rigid logic, but art,” what might literary art be trying to communicate to its “cousin”—and to us all—as we travel along the first decades of the 21st century? From students to book club participants, from scholars to artists and practitioners: the Biennial CIC has something for everybody and all are welcome!

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $150
https://www.luc.edu/ccih/2019catholicimaginationconference/

 

September 26-28, 2019
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Society for Catholic Liturgy 2019 Annual Conference
Society for Catholic Liturgy

The Society for Catholic Liturgy is a multidisciplinary association of Catholic scholars, teachers, pastors, and professionals – including architects and musicians – in the Anglophone world. Founded in 1995, the non-profit Society is committed to promoting scholarly study and practical renewal of the Church’s liturgy.

Site: Providence, Rhode Island
Registration: Members $350 / Non-members $420
http://liturgysociety.org/annual-conference

 

September 26-29, 2019

2019 Catholic Answers Conference
Catholic Answers

All Catholics who want to know and defend the Faith need to learn about the time of the apostles and the Fathers, for it is in these ages that the Trinitarian, Christological, and Marian doctrines are defined, the structure and operation of Christ’s Church matures, and the form of Eucharistic worship takes shape.

To deepen your knowledge of this exciting time in Christian history, join the Catholic Answers apologists along with special guest speakers at our 2019 conference, The Early Church Was the Catholic Church.

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: $215
http://www.catholicanswersconference.com/

 

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October 1-4, 2019
 

2019 RCRI National Conference
The Resource Center for Religious Institutes

At the national conference we have 35 to 40 separate sessions for attendees, covering a range of topics of interest to leadership, attorneys, and business office personnel. The four days of workshops and activities provide a unique opportunity to network with others who work in and for religious institutes and their sponsored ministries. Exhibitors from dozens of organizations attend each year to provide a chance for the attendees to meet with them, ask questions, and learn about the services, products, or expertise that the exhibitors can offer to religious institutes. Breaks are usually held in the exhibit hall to provide additional time for mingling and consulting.

Site: Dallas, Texas
Registration: Member $650 / Nonmember $900
https://www.trcri.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=794758

 

October 2, 2019

Duns Scotus Lecture
Catholic Theological Union

This year's topic is Asian Slavery in the Americas: Franciscanism, Race, and Identity in the Asian American Experience presented by Linh Hoang OFM, PhD, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Siena College in New York. He is a Franciscan priest with the Holy Name Province in New York City. The movement of Asian slaves between the 16th and 19th century is not well-known. Examining this history brings to mind new questions about the earliest presence of Asians in North America, the Franciscans’ struggle with colonialism, and the effects of race on theological discourse. Answering these questions will also provide a better understanding of the Asian American Catholic experience. This presentation will use a “theology of place” in order to provide a background to discuss these intersecting elements. Time: 4-6:00pm, Open to the public

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Free

https://ctu.edu/event/duns-scotus-lecture-2019/

 

October 2-3, 2019

Transitioning into the Third Act: A Priest's Preparing for and Entering into Retirement
St. Mary's Seminary & University

This two-day workshop discusses understanding healthy retirement, tools and strategies for a healthy retirement, the spirituality of ageing, and leaving a legacy.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $325 (includes room, meals and conference materials)
http://www.stmarys.edu/the-center-for-continuing-formation/clergy-programs/preparing-for-retirement/

 

October 4-6, 2019

47th Annual National Storytelling Festival
International Storytelling Center

This year's tellers include Donald Davis, Josh Goforth, Andy Offutt Irwin, Rev. Robert Jones, Bil Lepp, and more. Bio's can be found on the ICS website along with housing, special events, and travel information.

Site: Adult $160 / Senior $145
Registration: Jonesborough, Tennessee
https://www.storytellingcenter.net/

 

October 6-8, 2019

2019 NCDC Conference & Exposition
National Catholic Development Conference

The NCDC Conference and Exposition is the top conference for those in the ministry of fundraising. For half a century, we have gathered as a fundraising community to network, learn, share, play, and pray with our colleagues. Collectively, our attendees raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually to support Catholic missions. The NCDC conference is the top opportunity for these organizations and individuals to connect with one another in the context of fundraising as a ministry.

Site: Nashville, Tennessee
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.ncdc.org/annual-conference

 

October 6-9, 2019

57th Annual Conference Catholic Stewardship Council
International Catholic Stewardship Council

Hundreds of pastors, diocesan directors of stewardship and development, parish and school leaders, professional firms, Catholic associations and religious congregations from around the world come together each year for presentations, workshops, liturgies and major addresses. Timely topics by knowledgeable and experienced speakers fill a comprehensive program. Experts share practical information and experiences that have proven successful. Inspiring liturgies, annual award presentations, networking luncheons, engaging receptions and specialized exhibits supplement this worthwhile event.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Member $499 / Nonmember $1,199
http://catholicstewardship.com/events/icsc-annual-conference/

 

October 7, 2019

16th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
Migration Policy Institute, CLINIC, and Georgetown University Law Center

This annual conference put on by MPI and its partners, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and Georgetown University Law Center, features thoughtful policy and legal analysis and discussion of the most important immigration topics from leading government officials, attorneys, researchers, advocates, and others.

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: $80
https://www.migrationpolicy.org/events/16thannual-immigration-law-policy-conference

 

October 8-23, 2019

NRVC 2019 Fall Institute
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

Every other year, NRVC sponsors the Fall Institute (Convocation is held during even years). This year, NRVC will offer four workshops at the beautiful Marillac Center in Leavenworth, KS, October 8-23. All programs begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. except for the Art of Accompaniment and Discernment which ends at noon on its final day.

The following courses will be offered this fall:
October 8-9: Behavioral Assessment 2 (Pre-requisite: Behavioral Assessment 1)
October 11-13: Behavioral Assessment 1
October 15-19: Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors
October 21-23: The Art of Accompaniment and Discernment

Site: Marillac Center, Leavenworth, Kansas
Registration: See website for individual course fees

https://nrvc.net/274/publication/4171/article/18611-2019-fall-institute

 

October 10-13, 2019

30th Annual Meeting of BCTS
Black Catholic Theological Symposium

Start with a tour and public lecture on Thursday, October 10th at the historic Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and end with 10am mass on Sunday, October 13th at St. Patrick Church.

Site: Charleston, South Carolina
Registration: Coming soon
http://bcts.org/

 

October 10-13, 2019

2019 National Black Catholic Men's Conference
Bowman Francis Ministry

We are committed Black men, principally Catholic, who recognize our need for God’s help! We gather in Christ’s presence in an atmosphere of trust, equality and anonymity, to share personal feelings and experiences. We unconditionally accept one another and prayerfully support one another. We feel encouraged by the Holy Spirit to share with one another...Men to Men!

Site: Los Angeles, California
Registration: $150

https://www.bowmanfrancisministry.com/men_s_conference

 

October 11-12, 2019

2019 Annual Catholic Social Workers' Nation Association Conference
Catholic Social Worker's National Association (CSWNA)

The 2019 Annual Catholic Social Workers' National Association Conference "Passionately Catholic Social Work" will be held at Franciscan University of Steubenville. 2019 Keynote Address: Dr. Gregory Popcak, Founder and Executive Director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. Dr. Popcak is the author of almost 20 popular books & programs integrating solid Catholic theology and counseling psychology.

Site: Franciscan University campus, Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: Member $125 / Nonmember $190
https://cswna.weshareonline.org/2019AnnualConference

 

October 14-17, 2019

CMSM Justice & Peace Immersion 2019
Conference of Major Superiors of Men

In the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching and praxis, local groups and religious leaders will guide us with insightful social analysis, encounters, and drawing on the dimensions of active nonviolence and a just peace ethic to both understand poverty, migration, and racism in our nation’s capital, as well as envision social transformation. We will encounter the dynamics of one of the poorest parts of our country in the midst of one of the wealthiest areas, the experiences of migrants intersecting with such poverty, and key structural challenges, such as gentrification. We will have the opportunity to visit organizations working closely with those on the margins. We will learn from speakers from various viewpoints on these issues. There will be regular times for Mass, group prayer, and reflection on our encounters to deepen insight and friendship with each other. Although we (CMSM) are inviting CMSM members especially, the event is open to anyone. Age minimum 18.

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: $250
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egbc2ztrac2b9e74&llr=xkmheadab

 

October 14-17, 2019

81st Annual Convention of CLSA
Canon Law Society of America

On November 12, 1939 in Washington, DC, a group of canonists established the Canon Law Society of America as a professional association dedicated to the promotion of both the study and application of canon law in the Catholic Church. Today, the Society’s membership includes over twelve hundred (1,200) men and women from thirty-five (35) countries. The Society remains active in the study and promotion of canonical and pastoral approaches to significant issues within the Latin and the Eastern Catholic Churches.

Site: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Registration: Registration closed
https://canonlawsocietyofamerica.org/future-conventions/

 

October 18, 2019

Find Your Greatness (Louisiana)
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? At the Find Your Greatness Event learn the habits for a great life!

Site: Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-baton-rouge-la-oct-18-2019/

 

October 19-20, 2019

Praying with The Saint John's Bible
Christ the King Priory

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten bible, commissioned by a Benedictine monastery, in more than five hundred years. It is written on approximately 1,150 pages and includes one hundred sixty major illuminations. A copy of the large, seven-volume leather bound Heritage Edition, which is a fine art reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible, had been donated to St. Benedict Center and will be on perpetual display starting in 2019. On this weekend, you will get to know The Saint John’s Bible and receive help with practicing lectio divina with the text and visio divina with the stunning images.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $138.76 (includes program fee, meals and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/2019/10/19/praying-with-the-saint-johns-bible-brad-neary-fr-thomas-leitner-osb

 

October 24-27, 2019

2019 Religious Formation Conference Congress
Religious Formation Conference

Over 300 attendees are expected to participate in the 2019 Congress. Participants from every region of the U.S. – and even some international attendees – will descend upon Louisville for several days of connection and networking, dialogue and learning, prayer and Eucharist. The RFC Congress is a biennial national gathering that offers presentations and seminars that engage, educate, and strengthen formators in their ministry of formation. Topics touch on both initial and lifelong (ongoing) formation. Congress is ideal for formation and leadership personnel as well as partners and collaborators in religious formation.

Site: Louisville, Kentucky
Registration: Members $425 by September 15; $460 after / Nonmembers $525 by September 15; $560 after
https://rfccongress2019.com/

 

October 28-30, 2019

Amazing Parish Conference
AmazingParish.org

The Amazing Parish Conference is a practical, one-of-a-kind experience for parish leaders. You’ll receive first-hand organizational health training from New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni. You’ll learn from dynamic and engaging presenters like Matt Maher, Chris Stefanick, Kevin Cotter, Sr. Regina Marie, and more. The conference experience is also an opportunity for personal and spiritual renewal with daily Mass, confession, and Eucharistic Adoration. Unlike other conferences, an Amazing Parish Conference is a workshop-style format so pastors and parish leadership team members can work side-by-side to learn what a real leadership team looks like, how it operates, and how it can best serve its parishioners. By the end of the conference, you’ll have a clear, practical vision of what leadership can look like at your parish and how to implement it once you get home.

Site: Anaheim, California
Registration: $1,750 per parish leadership team (3 to 5 members)
Website:
https://amazingparish.org
Conference:
http://www.cvent.com/events/the-amazing-parish-conference-anaheim-ca-october-28-30-2019/event-summary-89661d314ee546468214aea5e1cd9985.aspx

 

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November 3-8, 2019

New Pastors' Program
St. Mary's Seminary & University

This is a five-day workshop designed exclusively for new pastors and parish life coordinators. Workshop sessions include "The Pastor as a Person," "The Catholic Community and Pastoral Leadership," "The Pastor as Steward," "The Pastor as Administrator," and "The Pastor as Priest."

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $975
http://www.stmarys.edu/the-center-for-continuing-formation/clergy-programs/new-pastors-program/

 

November 4-8, 2019

The Newly Appointed Pastor
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This four-day workshop addresses the duties of pastors: teaching, sanctifying and governing. Effective pastoring requires skills in leading and managing, planning and communicating, organizing and stewarding. Understanding and implementing the practices necessary for working well with fellow clergy, staff and volunteers both within his own parish and larger circles of the Church are all key to pastoring successfully.

Site: Saint Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $700 (includes program, materials, accommodations and meals)
http://saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/effective-pastoring-workshops/the-newly-appointed-pastor/

 

November 5-8, 2019

42nd Annual National Conference on Faith-Based Service
Catholic Volunteer Network

Each fall, more than 150 staff members of faith-based volunteer programs, campus personnel, and other partners gather for the National Conference on Faith-Based Service. Hosted in a different location each year, the National Conference is an opportunity for those involved in faith-based service to come together to learn new skills, share their experience and expertise, and network with their colleagues.

Site: Cleveland, Ohio
Registration: Opening late summer
https://catholicvolunteernetwork.org/cvn-events/national-conference/national-conference-2019/

 

November 15-17, 2019

St. Hildegard of Bingen & Julian of Norwich: Mystical Guides for the Spiritual Journey
Christ the King Priory

Learn from the lives and teachings of the great mystics St. Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich! The sessions consist of initial lecture, individual silent reading of selected texts from the saints, small-group discussion and big group sharing. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated daily. Reconciliation will be available, as well as times of Eucharistic Adoration.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $205.77 (includes program fee, meals and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/2019/11/15/st-hildegard-o-bingenampjulian-o-norwich-mystical-guides-for-t-spiritual-journey-kris-mcgregor-and-discerning-hearts-team

 

November 23-26, 2019

2019 AAR Annual Meeting
American Academy of Religion

The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology. Some 10,000 people are expected for the 2019 Annual Meetings, where more than 1,000 academic sessions and additional meetings will be offered. Plan to join your friends and colleagues in beautiful San Diego, California for the 2019 Annual Meetings!

Site: San Diego, California
Member Registration: $280 by August 22; $330 by November 21; $380 onsite
Nonmember Registration: $450 by August 22; $500 by November 21; $550 onsite

https://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting/2019-annual-meeting-nov-23-26

 

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December 2-5, 2019

Encore Priests: Pre-Retirement Workshop for Priests
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This workshop is designed for priests in their 60s or approaching retirement. Encore Priests prepares priests for their transition into retirement. Of course, priests never fully retire. By the very nature of the sacrament of Holy Orders, priests always have some form of priestly ministry. But how can a mature priest transition into a retirement that is meaningful and vital? If you're a priest nearing retirement age, this workshop is designed to help you: plan for the transition into retirement; make your retirement meaningful and purposeful; discover your strengths and your likely challenges, and how to best engage both; discover the 15 spiritual growth factors that can transform retirement into an energizing time of personal and spiritual development; and, learn the steps to make the most of your retirement.

Site: Saint Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $650 (includes program, materials, accommodations and meals)
https://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/encore-priests/

 

December 6-8, 2019

New Listing
Love at the Heart of the Cosmos: Living in Relational Wholeness
The Institute for Religion and Science

Divine Love, according to Teilhard de Chardin, is the core energy of the cosmos. God’s love is unceasing, dynamic, and creative—pulsing in the heart of all things, driving us ever forward to newness. Our wondrous human gift of love means that the future of Earth is in our hands. But in these tumultuous times, where are we going? We need a new story to guide our way. A rich awareness of what the Catholic-Hindu theologian Raimon Panikkar called “Cosmotheandric Solidarity”—the profound connection of God, cosmos, and humanity—can help place us in a universe of deepening consciousness and increasing complexity. Our story requires contemplative practices to open our minds and hearts to divine love and new possibilities. And it must encourage us to transcend our differences and distances, adopting a planetary faith of the Earth that welcomes all God’s peoples, all God’s creatures, and all God’s planetary life, as one deeply connected spiritual community.

Site: Chestnut Hill College campus, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: Opening soon
http://irands.org/event/love-at-the-heart-of-the-cosmos-living-in-relational-wholeness/

 

December 7, 2019

Find Your Greatness (Port Orange, Florida)
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? At the Find Your Greatness Event learn the habits for a great life! Speaker: Jonathan Fanning

Site: Catholic Church of the epiphany, Port Orange, Florida
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-port-orange-fl-dec-7-2019/

 

December 9-14, 2019

Short-term Mission Trip: US-Mexico Border
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

Join Maryknoll on a short-term trip to El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico on December 9-14, 2019. Tour the border and meet the players on the front lines of the immigration issue and learn what the Catholic Church teaches about welcoming the stranger.

Site: El Paso, Texas (starting point)
Registration: $650 (Registration is full but you can place yourself on the waiting list. Contact: Kris East at
keast@maryknoll.org)
Details:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efv65ttfef00da7b&llr=4wmvzncab

 

December 10-12, 2019

New Listing
National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry 2019
The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

The National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry gathers and forms adults to inspire, strengthen, and nourish those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.nccym.info/

 

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January 13-15, 2020

New Listing
18th Annual Leadership Conference
Guest House

Recovery invites clergy, religious brothers and seminarians living with addictive disorders to experience personal and vocational fulfillment marked by the serenity that comes with sobriety. This conference explores some of the unique challenges and graced opportunities ordained and vowed religious encounter on the journey to sobriety and serenity. The conference is designed for Church leaders who are responsible for the formation and care of clergy and men religious. This includes Bishops, Provincials, Superiors, Chancellors, Vicars for Clergy, Canon Lawyers, Vicar Generals, Vocation Directors, Seminary Personnel, Directors of Clergy Personnel and Healthcare Coordinators. All are welcome! The conference is a valuable opportunity to learn about addiction and recovery, to gain resources, and to receive an overview of intervention services and treatment programs offered by Guest House

Site: Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Registration: Coming Soon

https://guesthouse.org/project/18th-annual-leadership-conference-january-13-15-2020/

 

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50 Books for Life
A Concise Guide to Catholic Literature
Roy Peachey

The trouble with new books is that they prevent us from reading old ones. That was the view of Joseph Joubert writing at the turn of the nineteenth century, and the problem is even more acute today. With fifty chapters on fifty books by fifty different authors, 50 Books for Life is a new book that reveals the riches of older ones, providing an accessible introduction to Catholic novels, plays, poetry, and non-fiction from every corner of the globe. Taking us from twenty-first century Korea to the Bible via the work of Waugh, Dryden, and Dante, 50 Books for Life is a guide that can be read from cover to cover or dipped into at spare moments. It is a book that points beyond itself to books that can engage us for a lifetime.

ISBN: 978-1-62138-468-7, 134 pages, $16 softcover
Angelico Press

 

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Ablaze
5 Essential Paradigm Shifts for Parish Renewal
Deacon Keith Strohm

Our Catholic faith teaches that we should experience new life, abundant joy, and exuberant hope. Yet sadly, many of our parishes lack any of these. Drawing from decades of experience and service to over a hundred parishes, Deacon Keith Strohm breaks down the often complex and overwhelming task of parish renewal using a simple-to-understand framework that can help put your community on the path to vitality. Whether you’ve just begun the journey toward parish renewal or your parish is well on its way toward new life and mission, this book will provide critical insights and tools to help you on the way.

ISBN: 978-1-59325-364-6, $16.95 softcover
The Word Among Us

 

The Apocalypse of Wisdom
Louis Bouyer's Theological Recovery of the Cosmos
Keith Lemna

Although the French Oratorian priest Louis Bouyer was one of the most comprehensive, influential, and prescient theologians of the twentieth century, only in recent years have some major European studies begun to uncover the rich treasury of his thought. In the present book, the first of its kind in English, Keith Lemna contributes to this body of scholarship a comprehensive study of Bouyer’s cosmological vision. Commencing with his seminal monograph Cosmos: The World and the Glory of God, Lemna explores in depth Bouyer’s sophiological and apocalyptic theology of creation, detailing especially his profound engagement with scientific, philosophical, religio-mythic, and poetic cosmologies. As the work of possibly the greatest twentieth-century Catholic “sophiologist,” the French theologian’s cosmology emerges as a path forward for a much-needed reintegration of human knowledge centered on the Mystery at the heart of God’s eternal Wisdom revealed in the economy of grace.

ISBN: 978-1-62138-471-7, 526 pages, $22.95 softcover
Angelico Press

 

Be Yourself
The Call of a Christian
Mauritius Wilde, OSB

Personal faith is one of the last taboos in today's society. In this book Mauritius Wilde calls on Christians to not merely practice their faith in private, but to publicly stand by personal faith and to defend it. An exciting journey lies before us when we do this—a journey that can sustain our personal spirituality and deeply enrich it.

ISBN: 978-08091-5331-2, $17.95 softcover
Paulist Press

 

C.S. Lewis' Little Book of Wisdom
Meditations on Faith, Life, Love, and Literature
Compiled by Andrea Kirk Assaf and Kelly Anne Leahy

Meditations on faith...Novelist, poet, critic, lay theologian, and best-selling author of the 'Narnia' series, C. S. Lewis' works have become timeless classics for adults and children around the world. Here in one concise volume is the essence of his thought on subjects ranging from love and faith to ethics and morality and myth and literature that will throw open the windows of the soul and provide readers with bite-sized nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from one of the best-loved writers of the 20th century.

ISBN: 978-1-57174845-4, 400 pages, $15.95 softcover
http://actapublications.com/c-s-lewis-little-book-of-wisdom/

 

Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies
How to Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age
Donald A. Barclay

Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies will show you how to identify deceptive information as well as how to seek out the most trustworthy information in order to inform decision making in your personal, academic, professional, and civic lives. Learn how to identify the alarm bells that signal untrustworthy information. Understand how to tell when statistics can be trusted and when they are being used to deceive. Inoculate yourself against the logical fallacies that can mislead even the brightest among us. Donald A. Barclay, a career librarian who has spent decades teaching university students to become information literate scholars and citizens, takes an objective, non-partisan approach to the complex and nuanced topic of sorting deceptive information from trustworthy information.

ISBN: 978-1-5381-0889-5, 248 pages, $30 hardcover
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

 

Divine Renovation Apprentice
Learning to Lead a Disciple-Making Parish
Fr. Simon Lobo

Transforming a parish is challenging, demanding, and sometimes messy work. Divine Renovation Apprentice, Fr. Simon Lobo breaks open his experience as an associate pastor working on the renewal of St. Benedict Parish in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the birthplace of Divine Renovation. With honesty, humility, and great clarity, Fr. Simon offers his personal reflections on the actual process of renovation with practical wisdom critical to anyone who wants to see their parish experience new life. More than simply a biographical account of the change at St. Benedict, this book contains insights on how to Change Culture, Build a Game Plan, and Develop Leaders for lasting parish change.

ISBN: 978-1-59325-336-3, $13.95 softcover
The Word Among Us

 

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For the Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent
On the Situation of the Church in China
Cardinal Joseph Zen

There are two Catholic communities in China: the "underground", or unofficial, Church and the official, government-controlled Patriotic Church. Cardinal Joseph Zen is one of the most knowledgeable and credible witnesses to what is happening in China, especially on the relationship between these two communities. He is a courageous defender of the underground Church yet has intimate knowledge of the official Church, in part because he taught in several of its seminaries. It has been recognized―and Pope Francis himself has confirmed―that the historic 2007 letter of Pope Benedict XVI to Catholics in China remains the magna carta of the Church in that country. On the tenth anniversary of this letter, Cardinal Zen gave a series of eight lectures on its origin, drafting process, and final content, and these enlightening talks are presented in this book. In these lectures, Cardinal Zen explains in detail what he considers is now threatening the fundamental principles of the letter―and therefore 'his people'. As the title indicates, for the love of his people, he will not remain silent.

ISBN: 978-1621643142, 153 pages, $16.95 softcover
Ignatius Press

 

In Search of the Common Good
Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World
Jake Meador

Christian fidelity...Our communities are disintegrating, as the loss of meaningful work and the breakdown of the family leave us anxious and alone—indeed, half of all Americans report daily feelings of loneliness. Our public discourse is polarized and hateful. Ethnic minorities face systemic injustices and the ever-present fear of violence and deportation. Economic inequalities are widening. In this book, Jake Meador diagnoses our society's decline as the failure of a particular story we've told about ourselves: the story of modern liberalism. He shows us how that story has led to our collective loss of meaning, wonder, and good work, and then recovers each of these by grounding them in a different story—a story rooted in the deep tradition of the Christian faith. Our story doesn't have to end in loneliness and despair. There are reasons for hope—reasons grounded in a different, better story. In Search of the Common Good reclaims a vision of common life for our fractured times: a vision that doesn't depend on the destinies of our economies or our political institutions, but on our citizenship in a heavenly city. Only through that vision—and that citizenship—can we truly work together for the common good.

ISBN: 978-0-8308-4554-5, 208 pages, $23 hardcover
InterVarsity Press

 

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Obedience
The Authority of the Word
Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap

There is a kind of obedience which concerns superiors and subjects, religious and lay people alike, and it is not the obedience of man to man but the obedience of man to God. This is the obedience which sustains and makes acceptable all other kinds of obedience, to parents, to civil and religious authorities, to rules and to “every human institution”. It is precisely in order to make this obedience to law and visible authority flourishing again that we must start from obedience to God and to his Word. Obedience is not in fact renewed by law, but by grace; not by the letter, but by the Spirit. It is the Spirit – that is, Grace – which alone can give man both the command and the capacity to obey. “Law was given so that we may seek grace; grace was given so that we may observe the law”, says St. Augustine. It is therefore to the Spirit that we entrust ourselves, so that he may take us by the hand and guide us in our quest to rediscover the great secret of obedience.

Item #1405-8, $9.95 softcover
St. Pauls USA

 

Sacred Misinterpretation
Reading Across the Christian-Muslim Divide
Martin Accad

Theological issues are crucial to how Christians and Muslims understand and perceive each other. In Sacred Misinterpretation Martin Accad guides readers through key theological questions that fuel conflict and misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians. A sure-footed guide, he weaves personal stories together with deep discussion of theological beliefs. Accad identifies trends, recognizes historical realities, and brings to light significant points of contention that often lead to break-down in Christian-Muslim dialogue. He also outlines positive and creative trends that could lead to a more hopeful future. Fairly and seriously presenting both Muslim theology and a Muslim interpretation of Christian theology, Sacred Misinterpretation is an essential guide for fostering dialogue and understanding among readers from both faiths.

ISBN: 978-0-8028-7414-6, 396 pages, $38 softcover
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

 

Sleuthing the Bible
Clues that Unlock the Mysteries of the Text
John Kaltner and Stephen L. McKenzie

Why is there crime-scene tape on my Bible? Elementary, my dear reader. There is an element of detective work to biblical scholarship that entails sniffing out and interpreting clues that often escape the notice of readers. John Kaltner and Steven L. McKenzie introduce the art of sleuthing the Bible, providing the necessary training to hunt for clues and piece them together to understand the larger picture. Sleuthing the Bible helps answer questions that occur during thoughtful examination of the Bible and provides exercises enabling readers to work through biblical passages on their own. Kaltner and McKenzie analyze two kinds of clues: (1) Smoking Guns— those that are obvious upon any close reading of biblical texts, and (2) Dusting for Prints—those that are more subtle or hidden from nonspecialists because of their unfamiliarity with the languages, culture, and larger content of the Bible. Written in a jargon-free and accessible style, Sleuthing the Bible is an ideal resource for anyone who wants to dig deeper into the biblical text.

ISBN: 978-0-8028-7522-8, 224 pages, $25 softcover
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

 

Soaring to Glory
A Tuskegee Airman's Firsthand Account of World War II
Philip Handleman and Lt. Col. Harry t. Stewart, Jr., USAF

This is the remarkable true story of Lt. Col. Harry Stewart Jr., one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen pilots who experienced air combat during World War II. Award-winning aviation writer Philip Handleman recreates the harrowing action and heart-pounding drama of Stewart’s combat missions, including the legendary mission in which Stewart downed three enemy fighters. Soaring to Glory also reveals the cruel injustices Stewart and his fellow Tuskegee Airmen faced during their wartime service and upon return home after the war. Stewart’s heroism was not celebrated as it should have been in postwar America—but now, his boundless courage and determination will never be forgotten.

ISBN: 978-1621579519, 288 pages, $29.99 hardcover, Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Amazon.com

 

Surprised by Jesus Again
Reading the Bible in Communion with the Saints
Jason Byassee

Reading the Bible...No one expects to be surprised. Yet biblical interpretation can do exactly that. Christians expect to see Jesus as they read the Bible, but when and how Jesus actually speaks through Scripture can still surprise us! Drawing on the early church’s theological giants—Origen, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and more from the historical cloud of witnesses—author Jason Byassee models how we can recover ancient Christians’ multiple ways of reading the Bible to our benefit. As Byassee says, God himself is Jewish, Catholic, and Pentecostal—so much larger than our own little corner on the truth—and this book offers readers a refreshingly enhanced vision of the Bible and of Jesus himself.

ISBN: 978-0-8028-7168-8, 200 pages $22 softcover
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

 

The Ten Biggest Lies of the Enemy
And How to Combat Them
Deacon Keith Strohm

Jesus died to set us free, yet we all experience thoughts from the enemy that lead us away from Christ and his truth. Popular author and speaker Deacon Keith Strohm shines God's light on ten of the most common lies that Satan uses to bind our hearts and prevent us from experiencing the fullness of God's love. Not only does Deacon Strohm helps us gain clarity to the ways in which these lies take hold and imprison us. He also shows us that through the use of Scripture and the spiritual traditions of the Church, we can break the power and authority those lies have in our lives.

ISBN: 978-1-59325-330-1, $15.95 softcover
The Word Among Us

 

To Catch A Spy
The Art of Counterintelligence
James M. Olson

The United States is losing the counterintelligence war. Foreign intelligence services, particularly those of China, Russia, and Cuba, are recruiting spies in our midst and stealing our secrets and cutting-edge technologies. In To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence, James M. Olson, former chief of CIA counterintelligence, offers a wake-up call for the American public and also a guide for how our country can do a better job of protecting its national security and trade secrets. Olson takes the reader into the arcane world of counterintelligence as he lived it during his thirty-year career in the CIA. After an overview of what the Chinese, Russian, and Cuban spy services are doing to the United States, Olson explains the nitty-gritty of the principles and methods of counterintelligence. Readers will learn about specific aspects of counterintelligence such as running double-agent operations and surveillance. The book also analyzes twelve actual case studies to illustrate why people spy against their country, the tradecraft of counterintelligence, and where counterintelligence breaks down or succeeds. A "lessons learned" section follows each case study.

ISBN: 978-1626166806, 248 pages, $20.76 hardcover, Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Amazon.com

 

Unlocking Your Parish
Making Disciples, Raising Up Leaders with Alpha
Ron Huntley and Fr. James Mallon

The Alpha program...Can Catholic parishes become communities of missionary disciples that bear lasting fruit? If so, what does it take to move them in that direction? Through his years as pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Halifax, Canada, Fr. James Mallon discovered that the answer to the first question was a resounding yes! Tailored for Catholics, Alpha played a key role in the transformation of the parish he pastored. Unlocking Your Parish: Making Disciples, Raising Up Leaders with Alpha aims to provide insight into what Alpha can do to help any Catholic parish become a vibrant, mission-focused community.

ISBN: 978-1-59325-365-3, $17.95 softcover
The Word Among Us

 

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The Winding Path of Transformation
Finding Yourself Between Glory and Humility
Jeffrey Tacklind

Jeff Tacklind, pastor of Church by the Sea—a quirky, diverse congregation in Laguna Beach, California—knows from decades of ministry experience that sometimes effective leadership looks like standing in the middle of conflict, holding the tension. In The Winding Path of Transformation, Tacklind describes spiritual transformation as an invitation to paradox. By entering into suffering, he says, we find joy. By embracing the downward path of humility, we find glory. And by remaining small, sometimes we grow to great heights. Any leaders who have wondered if God really called them to lead a congregation will resonate with Tacklind's vulnerability in this honest and meditative account. So will readers who have found their own spiritual journey to be winding and halting rather than a constant ascent of growth. Tacklind draws from the natural world—trees, waves, mountains, and canyons—to bring to life the lessons that he has picked up along the way. C. S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, Søren Kierkegaard and others all serve as guides who light the way on the winding path of following God.

ISBN: 978-0-8308-4650-4, 192 pages, $17 softcover
InterVarsity Press

 

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