Lifetime Theological Education
January Term

Workshop - January 2018

Ways of Discernment
Dr. Kathleen Staudt 
Saturday, January 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
$65 ($75 for registrations after December 15) 
Register here 
Discernment is the spiritual practice that enables us to ask faithful questions about vocation and ministry and daily life: “Should I choose this path rather than that one? What is the meaning of the experience I am having?” “How can I follow Christ more faithfully?” Christian traditions of discernment almost always involve conversations with others who are on the same journey, and they inform and encourage growth in the life of Christian discipleship, both individual and corporate.

This popular one-day workshop will be led by Kathleen Staudt, Ph.D. Students will experience approaches to this practice drawn from Benedictine, Ignatian, and Quaker traditions, including the use of ”clearness committees” and materials from the Discernment Toolbox developed by the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at VTS.

This workshop is particularly suitable for laypersons seeking to identify, articulate and clarify their vocations, especially in light of their baptism.

“One of the most challenging tasks before religious leaders and lay people today is listening for God’s voice and guidance in the midst of the noisy demands of daily work and life. Dr. Staudt’s course enabled me to take my spiritual and heart awareness to a deeper level. I had an important personal decision to make, and a group spiritual exercise brought to light critical elements I might not have become aware of, [preparing] me to make an important choice that I felt God was leading me to. Whether new to spiritual discernment, or seeking a fresh approach to a familiar topic, this course is an exciting opportunity to explore God’s invitations to you and the Church in the here and now.” — Holly Ulmer, participant

Register online here
Registration deadline when course full or by January 4. Early Bird special until 12/15.
Please note: Course materials are made available online through myVTS. To participate, all students must have internet access and be able to navigate the web.  

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