Saturday, October 13
Posture: Dynamics of a Contemplative Posture

Focus for the Day

We will share conversations with parishioners from Grace and other colleagues who are experimenting with a contemplative posture in their parishes and ministries. A guiding question for us to explore is this: how can a contemplative posture nurture a prayerful response to the challenges we face–rather than reacting out of anger and an ego-grasping mind? How can a contemplative posture provide the nourishing taproot for our leadership–in whatever ministry God invites us to share in?

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Facilitators and Speakers

The Rev. Dr. Margaret Benefiel

Margaret became executive director of The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in July 2015. Prior to coming to Shalem, she ran her own consulting, speaking, training, and coaching business, Executive Soul, helping leaders and organizations nurture their souls and express their deepest values institutionally.

Margaret is a Quaker and holds a B.A. in History from Princeton University, an M.A. in Mathematics from Portland State University, an M.A. in Theology from Earlham School of Religion, and a PhD in Spirituality from Catholic University of America. She has written extensively on various aspects of contemplative leadership and spirituality at work, including The Soul of Supervision; The Soul of a Leader: Finding Your Path to Fulfillment and Success; and Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations.

The Rev. Sarah Fisher

The Rev. Sarah Fisher is the Rector of St. Catherine's Episcopal Church in Marietta, Georgia. A native of Athens Georgia, she graduated from Agnes Scott College (1993) before attending The General Theological Seminary in New York City where she received her Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in 2005. Sarah served as Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, located near Wrigley Field (Go Cubs!). Upon returning to Georgia, she served as a chaplain resident at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Interim Rector at Grace-Calvary in Clarkesville and Associate Rector at St. Patrick's in Dunwoody.

Sarah serves as the Vice President of the Board of TENS, The Episcopal Network for Stewardship and is an intern-tranier with the College for Congregational Development. Sarah is passionate about writing, laughing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, experimenting in the kitchen, spending time with friends and finding the perfect pair of socks. Sarah is married to Mandy Brady, who is also an Episcopal priest.

 

     

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