The Collegeville Institute has a new look! Also, small group Lent resources and writing workshops.

January 2015

A New Year, A New Look


The Collegeville Institute has a new logo and a newly redesigned website! We invite you to explore the website, peruse Bearings Online (formerly On Our Minds), friend us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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Lent Small Group Resources


Need a small group program for your church this Lent? Here are ten reasons to check out Called to Life and Called to Work, two small group programs from the Collegeville Institute Seminars.

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Apply now for summer 2015 writing workshops!

Deadlines for the following writing workshops are coming up, and we invite you to apply.

Women Writing: A Writing Workshop with Donna Johnson (offsite)
May 11th-May 14th, 2015—Application deadline: March 20, 2015

Women Writing: A Week with Lauren Winner
Jun 28th-Jul 4th, 2015—Application deadline: Monday, February 2, 2015

Awakening Theological Imagination in the Congregation: A Spiritual Practice of Writing with Karen Hering
Jul 6th-Jul 12th, 2015—Application deadline: Monday, February 9, 2015
Poetry, Prose, and Prayer: A Week with Michael Dennis Browne
Jul 14th-Jul 20th, 2015—Application deadline: Monday, February 16, 2015

Apart, and yet a Part: A Week with Writing Coach Michael McGregor
Jul 22nd-Jul 28th, 2015—Application deadline is Monday, February 23, 2015

Words for Worship: A Liturgical Writing Workshop with Michael Joncas and Susan Briehl
Jul 30th-Aug 5th, 2015—Application deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015

Words that Sing I: A Week with Mary Nilsen
Aug 11th-Aug 16th, 2015—Application deadline: Monday, March 9, 2015

Featured articles from Bearings Online

Beyond The Seven Storey Mountain—Remembering Thomas Merton

by Mary Frances Coady

On January 31, 2015, we celebrate the centenary of the birth of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and prolific spiritual writer. Former resident scholar Mary Frances Coady reflects on Thomas Merton's life and work.

The Free Speech Right to Offend Others: Is This Right Always Right?

by John Hudson

In free speech I have the right to offend a person, a faith, a politician, a sacred cow, a race, a class of people, anything, anyone. But should I?

Have Charisma, Will Preach (No Church Necessary)

by Janel Kragt Bakker

Ryan Bell’s deconversion from evangelicalism points to the tradition’s longstanding difficulties in dealing with the challenges of modernity and more recently, postmodernity.

Calling and Community: An Interview with Jack Fortin

by Janel Kragt Bakker

"The church’s job is to equip people to live out their faith in the world." — Jack Fortin on calling and community.

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