Friday, March 16, 7–9 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1350 Lyndhurst Drive in Hiawatha, Iowa
For the first time in human history, we share a common universe story. For some, this emerging narrative is an invitation to growth and spiritual transformation. For others, it is a fearful prospect that evokes resistance, retreat and regression.
As a result, our political, cultural and religious institutions are increasingly polarized and ineffective. We are facing a crisis that makes profound demands on each of us. Is religion dying or being transformed? Am I losing my faith or encountering the Holy in a deeper way? Does my commitment to work for justice and to care for Earth make a difference, or is it too late? These are not likely the issues that you will hear debated on cable news or talk radio. But they are the quiet, urgent questions that are stirring in our hearts.
These are also the questions that this Spirituality in the 21st Century conference explores. Evolutionary spirituality is not a passing theological fad. It is the context of today and of all our tomorrows—the agenda that the cosmos itself is revealing. More immediately, it is a vision that challenges our current religious institutions and calls us to a new way of seeing and responding.
After outlining the significance of evolutionary spirituality, we will focus on the personal, communal implications of this vision for our lives. The contemporary summons to discipleship is as old as the gospel and as urgent as this morning’s headlines. It is the call to be a life-long learner, a long-distance servant. In specific terms, it is the challenge to “come of age” by moving beyond our anthropocentric, egocentric concerns to embrace our responsibility to God, to Earth and to one another.
John Heagle, MA, JCL, LMHC, is a Catholic priest, counselor and author with more than 46 years of pastoral experience as a campus minister, college professor and pastor. In 1976 he was appointed the first director of the Office of Justice and Peace for the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Since 1985 he has ministered as a licensed psychotherapist and the co-director of Therapy & Renewal Associates in the Pacific Northwest. During this time, John also has served as adjunct faculty for the School of Theology & Ministry at Seattle University. John is the author of seven books on spirituality, ministry and human relationships, and the co-author with Fran Ferder, FSPA, Ph.D., of three books, including Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality (Crossroad, 2002). His latest book is Justice Rising: the Emerging Biblical Vision (Orbis Books, 2010).
Who: John Heagle, MA, JCL, LMHC
Where: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1350 Lyndhurst Drive in Hiawatha, Iowa 52233
When: Friday, March 16, 7–9 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
How Much: $25 for Friday only (includes Friday evening presentation)
$50 for Saturday only (includes Saturday presentation and lunch)
$75 for both Friday and Saturday (includes Friday and Saturday presentations and Saturday lunch)
To Lodge: All lodging at Prairiewoods is full, but we reserved a block of rooms at Days Inn and Suites Cedar Rapids(2215 Blairs Ferry Road NE). The reduced fee is $55 per night plus tax for a room with two double beds and free continental breakfast. To make a reservation, call 319-378-3948 and ask for the Prairiewoods Spirituality in the 21st Century block.
To Register: Complete the Registration Form (click here to download it). Print and mail the completed form with full payment to Prairiewoods. Please note that payment in full is required to confirm registration; only reservations with completed registration form and payment will be accepted.
To Cancel: $10 of each registration fee is nonrefundable. The remainder of the registration fee will be refunded if a cancellation is made by Monday, March 12.
To Learn More: For more information, please contact Ann Jackson, PBVM, at 319-395-6700, ext. 203, or firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the event brochure, click here.
The presentations throughout the event will build upon each other, but participants may attend one or both days as stand-alone events.
Both events are open to the public. Reservations are encouraged as space is limited.
Directions to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church:
1350 Lyndhurst Drive in Hiawatha, Iowa 52233
Take I-380 to Boyson Road, exit 25. Go west on Boyson Road. Take the first left onto North 12th Avenue. Take the second right onto Lyndhurst Drive. The church will be on your right.
Directions to Prairiewoods:
120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha, Iowa 52233
Take I-380 to Boyson Road, exit 25. Go east on Boyson Road. Just after the four-way stop at Robins Road, turn left into Prairiewoods.
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center is the sole sponsor of this event.