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Posted November 3, 2008

Nourishment for Ministry -- 2008 - 2009

Presented by
Washington Theological Union
6896 Laurel St. NW
Washington, DC 20012


November 12, 2008

Grief and the Holidays

Presented by Edward Andrews, M.Ed., LPC

This lecture, on Healthy Grieving and Coping through the upcoming Holiday Season, is for any?one living with loss or ministering to those who are. The presenter is an adjunct lecturer at WTU who teaches both the Pastoral Care of the Aging and the Pastoral Care of the Dying. He specializes in working with people facing life-limiting illness, death, and grief.

January 21, 2009

Is Christ using my ministry to make Himself present?

Presented by Jerome Hall, S.J., Ph.D.

Reflections on liturgical celebration and the ways in which Christ is present as we pray. How does my reading, psalm-singing, praying out loud, music-making, welcoming, serving, ministering communion, preaching or presiding give the Lord an opportunity to bring my neighbor into his own response to God’s love? How do I discover my neighbor’s making Christ present to and in me? How do our practice, our spirituality and our theology speak to each other? Please bring your experience and your prayer to this conversation!

February 18, 2009

Models of Prayer

Presented by David Centner, O.Carm., Ph.D.

Models of prayer often turn into models of spirituality that impact not only the relationship of a person with God but also ways of viewing ecclesiology and practical expectations of relationships with other Christians. This talk will consider four models of prayer, - liturgical, contemplative, charismatic and vocal - and compare and contrast their theological assumptions and practical impact.

March 25, 2009

Religion and Spirituality: Is There a Disconnect?

Presented by Patricia A. Parachini, SNJM, D.Min.

Are religion and spirituality the same thing? Can one be a spiritual person but not religious? Is religion an obstacle to spirituality? What constitutes an authentic Christian spirituality?

This presentation will explore these and related questions in an attempt to understand the appropriate relationship between religion and spirituality in the Christian tradition.

The Washington Theological Union is a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry. Challenged and inspired by the charisms of its religious communities, the Union educates people of all backgrounds for collaborative ministry in the Church and service to the World. Located in the beautiful neighborhood of Takoma Park, Washington Theological Union offers an array of degree programs, continuing educations courses and numerous programs for academic and spiritual enrichment.

The Nourishment for Ministry Program was created to enrich ordained and lay ministers on key theological and pastoral issues. Each month a different member of the WTU faculty lectures on a topic in their area of expertise and then leads an informal discussion allowing ministers to share their own experiences and reflect upon the lecture.

Many organizations have their staff attend these lectures together as an alternative to their usual staff meetings. For further information please call:

Mrs. Gay Clasby
Associate Director of Formation for Ministry
(202) 541-5218

Washington Theological Union
6896 Laurel Street, NW Washington DC 20012
(202) 726-8800

From Beltway: I-495/95 exit 28B south at New Hampshire Avenue. Four miles to Eastern Avenue, turn right. Eastern Ave. to third stop sign at Laurel Street.

From Downtown: North Capitol Street north to Blair Road. Continue to Aspen St., turn right under railroad/metro tracks. Two blocks on Aspen St., to left at Laurel St. One block to corner of Eastern Ave.

By Metro: Red Line toward Silver Spring/Glenmont. Exit at Takoma station. Walk two blocks east on Carroll Ave. to Eastern Ave. Bear right at stone Church, one block to Laurel St.

Handicapped Accessible.

Metered on-street parking available.

Celebrating 40 Years of Education in Theology and Ministry