- September 21, 2012
- 3:19 pm
- Akanksha Jayanthi
Deepen your understanding
Mission and Identity is launching a new event series to invite faculty and staff members to engage in and deepen their understanding of Ignatian spirituality. Starting at the end of September, these events offer a context for staff and faculty to deepen their own understanding of the University’s inspiration and mission, as it is rooted in the spirituality of Saint Ignatius.
Chris Murphy, director of staff mission formation and faculty staff chaplain, says that faculty and staff can integrate what they discuss in these events to different areas of life. “The idea is to take some of the key pieces [of Ignatian spirituality] and help faculty and staff to better understand them and see where those values connect with their own work experience and lives.”
Murphy also mentions how these events are “offering different levels and different ways into understanding who we are [as a University] in terms of our Jesuit heritage.”
While these events will occur throughout the year, three in particular are happening soon.
- The first event of the fall is the Mission Book Club, where participants will read Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott. Mark Andrews, S.J., will lead four lunchtime discussion sessions that aim to uncover lessons from Lamott’s story that can help people better understand their own lives. The first discussion will take place on Tuesday, September 25.
- In mid-October, Stephen Mitten, S.J., will lead an Eco-Spirituality Retreat at the Retreat and Ecology Campus. Participants can spend the weekend renewing their relationship with God while discussing sustainability and appreciating the natural world.
- Starting October 16, participants can take part in five one-hour sessions of exploring types of Ignatian methods of prayer with Bob Braunreuther, S.J. Faculty and staff members are invited to come to any and all sessions, as each one will have a different focus.
For the full list of events, please visit the Mission and Identity website.