Speaking

photo-ruidosoI am eager to share my unique perspective with people seeking to connect Scripture, spirituality, and everyday life.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

POSSIBLE TOPICS

RECENT EVENTS

SPEAKER REQUEST


UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, May 20
Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Philadelphia PA
Speaker for Monthly Meeting

Friday, July 26
Saint Joseph’s University – Ignatian Spirituality and Leadership Conference
Workshop:
Where is God in All This?  What Vulnerability, Diminishment, and Failure Can Reveal
Note:  Website is not yet updated for this year’s conference; stay tuned for details!

Saturday, September 28
Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Scranton PA
Facilitator:  Fall Morning of Reflection

Sunday, October 6, 1-4 p.m.
Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia PA
Afternoon Retreat:  Finding God in Ordinary Time
Note:  Website is not yet updated; stay tuned for details!

Friday-Sunday, November 1-3
Associates in Mercy, Cincinnati OH
So Great a Cloud of Witnesses: a Retreat for Merciful Saints and Souls
Retreat weekend for Associates in Mercy, South Central Region

Friday-Sunday, November 15-17
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville PA
Retreat:  Messages of Grace: Learning to Listen for God’s Daily Invitations
Every day, countless choices lie before us. Not all of them call for discernment, but in each lies an invitation from God. How do we learn to listen for that still, small voice? Through presentation and prayer, silent reflection and conversation, participants will practice attuning the ear of their spirit to the One who is always beckoning.  (Save the date; I’ll link to the registration form when it opens.)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville PA
Day of Prayer for the Year to Come (time TBA)

Tuesdays, January 28 – February 18, 2020, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia PA
Grief and Grace, a Journey
This four-week series uses conversation, poetry, music, and prayer to guide people experiencing grief along a path of deepening trust.

 


Possible Topics

Dramatic Interpretations of Women in Scripture
Scripture gives us the bare bones of stories, but through Ignatian prayer we can encounter God more deeply by immersing ourselves imaginatively in the text.  I have written four monologues–the fruit of such prayer–from the perspective of various Gospel women whose lives were changed by an encounter with Jesus.   Drawing on my theater background (God wastes nothing!) I have performed these monologues in retreat houses, church halls, living rooms and classrooms.  In the process, participants gain insight into the working of God in their own lives.

The Women:

  • Martha (Luke 10:38-42)
    How does our desire to do things “well” keep us from seeing what God is really asking of us?
  • The Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4:4-42)
    What would it be like to see our complicated lives through the compassionate eyes of Jesus?
  • The Woman with a Hemorrhage (Mark 5:25-34)
    When life has cast us down, how do we find the courage to reach out for healing–again?
  • The Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:1-11)
    When we find ourselves far from our best selves, how does God invite us back?

A sample gathering might include:

  • Unpacking the Scripture together
  • Dramatic monologue
  • Quiet time for personal reflection
  • Sharing of participants’ insights

The time frame is adaptable–anywhere from a 50-minute class to a 90-minute mini-retreat or a morning/afternoon/evening segment of a full retreat.

Other Passions
Navigating the waters of grief, making sense of tragedy, engaging the liturgical seasons, practicing gratitude, gardening our way to spiritual growth . . . these are just some of the passions I’m delighted to share in talks that are engaging, insightful, and even a touch humorous.  Anything that appeals to you from my blog is fair game!



RECENT DATES

This sample of past appearances gives a sense of possible topics:

April 16, 2019
Neumann University
Speaker, Community Learning Experience for Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

March 21 through April 11, 2019
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville PA
Grief and Grace:  A Lenten Journey  (four 90-minute gatherings)

March 16, 2019
Future With Hope Women, Leesburg, VA
Speaker: Lenten Day of Reflection for Catholic Women Over 40

February 14, 2019
Corpus Christi Catholic School, Lansdale PA
Faculty Retreat: To Love Like a Servant of God

December 12, 2018
Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Strafford PA
Walking with Purpose:  An Advent Evening with Martha and Mary

November 18, 2018
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, North Wales PA
Adult Education Gathering: Finding God in Ordinary Time

November 14, 2018
Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Baltimore MD
Facilitate morning retreat for national staff meeting

November 4, 2018
St. John University Parish (Mountaineer Catholic), Morgantown, WV
“We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat!” Navigating the Waters of Grief

October 27, 2018
Friends of the Newman Center 5th Annual Celebration, West Chester, PA
Keynote Speaker

October 19-21, 2018
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth (Wernersville PA)
Retreat: Healing Encounters: A Retreat with Contemporary and Biblical Women

September 18, 2018
St. Monica Church, Berwyn PA
Talk, Public Reading and Book Signing

June 11-13, 2018
Ignatian Volunteer Corps (Baltimore / DC-Metro / Northern Virginia)
Year End Retreat
Loyola Retreat House, Faulkner, MD

February 15, 2018
Corpus Christi Catholic School, Lansdale PA
Faculty Retreat:  What’s Love Got to Do with It?

January 18, 2018
Ignatian Volunteer Corps: Baltimore
Retreat: Re-Engaging the People of God

December 19, 2017
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Wales PA
People Understanding Pain group

December 7, 2017
St. Katharine of Siena, Wayne PA
Walking with Purpose:  The Woman at the Well

November 5 & 19
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Wales PA
Is that God’s Fingerprint on My Glasses?
Using the Enneagram to See Ourselves and One Another More Clearly
Testimonial by Pastor Andreas Wagner

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Use the contact form below if you’d like more information or to arrange a talk or retreat at a mutually convenient time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Speaking

  1. Elaine Ireland says:

    As the Spiritual Development Associate for the Baltimore-based Ignatian Volunteer Corps, it can sometimes be a challenge to find unique, fresh ways in which to inspire our volunteers, many of whom have been with IVC for years. What a blessing we all experienced last Thursday when Christine led our mid-year day of reflection! It was just the right blending of presentation, reflection questions and thoughts, personal prayer time, and group interaction. Her portrayal of Martha from Luke’s Gospel was captivating. In the tradition of Hebrew Midrash, Christine brought Martha to life for us, enabling us to relate to this Biblical figure in a very real way. I highly recommend Christine and her gifts to you!

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