A day of discernment for lay people

Save the date! The diocesan Commission on Ministry (CoM) will lead Listening to Our Lives, a daylong workshop on discernment for lay people on Saturday, October 13 at the Procter Center.

How do you discern what God is calling you to do? We don’t mean the “little decisions” in life, those choices that may take time but are likely not of spiritual consequence. (Do I buy a Honda or a Ford?) We also don’t mean trying to figure out your spiritual gifts and what lay ministry is best for you. (Do I serve on the altar guild or run for vestry?) Such questions are important, but perhaps secondary to the bigger questions in life.

What we do mean is: How do we, as lay people, learn to listen for the Divine Desire in our lives and then respond? And the question is not just for each of us as individuals; discernment happens in community. How do we – as caring members of our faith communities – help others discern what God is calling them to do?

The CoM spends much of its time helping in the discernment and formation of future deacons and priests. But we haven’t done much with the other half of our canonical mission, which is assisting in discernment for “regular folks” in the pews. To that end, the commission has spent the past two years reading and reflecting on how we can best help with lay discernment, and an outcome of those efforts is this workshop. It will be a fun and thoughtful day of Bible study, small group discussions and activities to help you think differently about your journey of faith.

Space is limited to 50 people, so advance registration is required. Register here or at diosohio.org. The registration fee is $25 per person to help offset the cost of food and supplies. Scholarships are available. Also, if traveling to Procter for a 9 a.m. start is a challenge for you, we can help you with arrangements to spend Friday night at Procter, too. Contact Sherri Martin, Executive Assistant to the Canons at the diocesan office at smartin@diosohio.org or 513.421.0311 ext. 105 for assistance.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Spencer Pugh, Chair of our diocesan Commission on Ministry at spencerpugh@twc.com.