Speaking (Live or ZOOM)

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I am eager to share my unique perspective with people seeking to connect Scripture, spirituality, and everyday life. See what people are saying about me by visiting my Testimonials page! 

UPCOMING EVENTS

POSSIBLE TOPICS

RECENT EVENTS

INTERVIEWS

SPEAKER REQUEST


UPCOMING EVENTS

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
ZOOM: Tuesday, August 25, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
St. Placid Priory

Many of us find it comforting to see the hand of God at work in the difficult circumstances of our lives.  Often this takes the form of the popular expression, “Everything happens for a reason.”  In the face of real tragedy, however, that sentiment can put our confidence in the goodness of God to the test.  What do we mean when (if) we say it?  Is there a better way to understand the steadfast kindness of God during these times of unprecedented sorrow and stress?  Join us as we pray and ponder our way through these questions.
Cost: $25; follow link above to register.    

Take Nothing for the Journey? Packing for the Unknown
University of San Diego: Faculty / Staff Retreat (via ZOOM)
Tuesday, September 1, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Pacific

Finding God in Ordinary
(and Far-from-Ordinary) Time 
ZOOM: Tuesday, October 27
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
St. Placid Priory

Where is God in all this?  That’s a question many are moved to ask in confusing and stressful times, but it’s also an excellent question for every day, which is why St. Ignatius of Loyola urged his followers to “find God in all things.”  In this retreat we will explore ways to notice God’s presence in our daily lives, especially in the hard experiences of vulnerability and diminishment.   
Cost: $25 (will post registration link when available)  

Empty My Hands:  An Advent Retreat
ZOOM: Thursday, December 10, 2020,
12:30 – 2:30 Eastern
St. Placid Priory
The season of Advent calls us to radical hospitality: creating space for the coming Christ in our hearts and our lives.  The secular world, however, suggests that hospitality requires exquisite decorations, expensive gifts, and elaborate meals.  Using St. Martha (the original overworked host) as our inspiration, this retreat will help us carve out a bit of stillness in the midst of the frenzy, so that we can “choose the better part” and respond to the spiritual invitation of the season. 
Cost: $25 (will post registration link when available) 
                                                                                                  

Take Nothing for the Journey?
Packing for the Year Ahead
ZOOM: Tuesday, January 5
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
St. Placid Priory
Here we are, just a few days into a new year.  The heady time of resolution-making has passed, but 2021 still stretches out ahead of us like an open road.  The coronavirus crisis taught us all just how unknown the future may be.  What do we need to bring with us?  What should we leave behind?  Today will pray with Scripture—from Genesis to the Gospels—as well as the writings of Annie Dillard, Barbara Kingsolver, Cheryl Strayed, and more.  Together we will ponder what attitudes, relationships, dreams, commitments, and even possessions we want to carry with us into the new year, so that we may travel lightly, responsive to God’s call.
Registration is $25 (will post registration link when available)

Even Now: An Ash Wednesday Retreat
RENEW International Staff Retreat Day
Wednesday, February 17
Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung NJ


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.

Advent and Lent
I offer seasonal days of recollection in a format that suits your group: full day; half day (morning or afternoon), or evening.

Other Passions
Navigating the waters of grief, making sense of tragedy, practicing gratitude, gardening our way to spiritual growth, and–of course–Finding God in Ordinary Time . . . 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:

Tuesdays, January 28 – February 18, 2020
Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia PA
Grief and Grace, a Journey
This four-week series used conversation, poetry, music, and prayer to guide people experiencing grief along a path of deepening trust. (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

January 31 – February 2, 2020
Loyola on the Potomac, Faulkner MD
Women’s Retreat: Finding God in Ordinary Time

January 31, 2020
Mid-Atlantic Congress, Baltimore MD
Deep Dive Breakout: Stirred into Flame: The Art of Campus Ministry
(with Barbara McCrabb, USCCB)

January 9, 2020
Corpus Christi Church, Lansdale PA
Speaker: Club 50 Luncheon

January 8, 2020
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville PA
Take Nothing for The Journey? Packing for the Year Ahead
– Day of Prayer for the Year to Come

January 5, 2020
Contemplative Leaders in Action, Philadelphia PA
Speaker: Professional Development Day / The Enneagram

December 12, 2019
St. Monica Church, Berwyn PA
Speaker: Advent by Candlelight (Walking with Purpose + Blaze)

December 10, 2019
St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Warrington PA
Speaker: Advent Evening of Reflection

November 1-3, 2019
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

October 18, 2019
Future with Hope Women
Speaker for 4th Annual Conference
Now available: 33 minute video on Facebook!

October 15, 2019
Retreat day for the staff of Catholic Social Services, East Norriton

October 11, 2019
Georgian Court University
Morning of Reflection for Faculty & Staff

October 6, 2019
Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia PA
Afternoon Retreat:  Finding God in Ordinary Time

October 5, 2019
Holy Trinity Parish, Morrisville PA
Speaker, Ministry Day

September 28, 2019
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Scranton PA
Afternoon of Reflection: Finding God in Plain Sight

September 28, 2019
Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Northeastern PA Region
Facilitator:  Fall Morning of Reflection

August 13, 2019
St. Anne’s Church, Fair Lawn NJ
Book Discussion ~ Women’s Cornerstone Fellowship

July 26, 2019
Ignatian Spirituality and Leadership Conference, Saint Joseph’s University
Where is God in All This? 
What Vulnerability, Diminishment, and Failure Can Reveal

May 20, 2019
Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Philadelphia PA
Speaker for Monthly Meeting

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


CORONAVIRUS CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS

POSTPONED: March 14, 2020
St. Rose of Lima Church (North Wales, PA)
Women’s Lenten Retreat Morning: Finding God in Ordinary Time

POSTPONED: March 17, 2020
Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church (North Wales, PA)
Speaker: Lenten Retreat Day of Reflection for Women
A Mid-Course Correction for Lent

POSTPONED: March 28, 2020
St. Mary’s Church (Kutztown, PA) Ladies’ Auxiliary
Women’s Lenten Retreat Day: Living the Lent We Get
McGlinn Conference & Spirituality Center, Reading PA

POSTPONED: April 14, 2020
St. Jude School (Chalfont, PA)
Facilitator: Morning of Retreat for Faculty
Encountering the Paschal Mystery

POSTPONED: April 25, 2020
Grey Nun Associates
Facilitator, Retreat Day
Living Water: The Promise of Transformation

POSTPONED: May 11, 2020
Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia PA
Campus Ministry Staff Retreat Day

CANCELLED: Weekend of May 22-24
KNOM Radio Mission (Nome, Alaska)
Retreat for Full-Time Volunteer Staff


INTERVIEWS

In the spring of 2019 I had the good fortune of being a guest on two different shows on RVN TV.  Each interview is just under half an hour.  Enjoy!


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One thought on “Speaking (Live or ZOOM)

  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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