A Teaching Retreat with Dr. Gordon Smith
President and Professor Systematic and Spiritual Theology
Ambrose University College and Seminary
We all face transitions – in life and work. Consistently we find that in transitions we are eager to know the voice of Jesus. Discernment is that point where prayer and action meet, where we move from dynamic communion with Christ to engaged service for Christ. What does this discernment look and feel like – and how can we find space for discernment: for clarity about our lives, work and ministry; for empowerment for the challenges we will face; and, for insight into the ambiguities that mark our lives in the world. For this teaching seminar, we will draw on the wisdom of several spiritual traditions, but give particular attention to how the Ignatian tradition – and particularly the Spiritual Exercise of Ignatius Loyola – provide contemporary Christians of all backgrounds a relevant guide for discernment in times of vocational transition.
Dr. Gordon T. Smith is the President and Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology at Ambrose University College and Seminary, in Calgary Alberta. Prior to this he served with reSource Leadership International, an agency that fosters excellence in theological education in the global south – all the while serving in an adjunct teaching capacity at Regent College, Vancouver. Gordon is the author of a number of publications, including Transforming Conversion: ReThinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation (Baker, 2010), and Courage and Calling: Maximizing Your God-given Potential (revised edition, IVP 2011).
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