On Saturday, October 26, the Commission on Ministry (CoM) will host another discernment workshop at the Procter Center for “regular folks.” The response to last year’s workshop was very positive. Among the many wonderful comments, we were told:

“This was an excellent offering for my own personal growth and for the collective growth of members of our Diocese.  I am hoping there will be more similar offerings.” 


“This was by far the best workshop I’ve attended.”

We are calling this year’s work shop “Listening with the Ear of your Heart: Tools for Discovering God’s Call in your Life.”

So how do you discern God’s call in your life? 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 Ford or a Honda?)  We don’t mean trying to figure out your spiritual gifts and so what lay ministry is best for you. (Do I serve on the Altar Guild or teach Sunday School?). Such questions are important but perhaps secondary to the bigger questions in life. What we mean is: how do we, as lay people, learn to listen for the Divine Desire in our lives and then respond? How does one navigate life’s transitions in a way that is open to the Spirit?  What are spiritual practices I can try to help me more open to God’s call?

The workshop will be at Procter on Saturday October 26, starting at 8:45 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. For 2019, we are structuring the workshop into two tracks. Track 1 will be similar to the successful format we used in 2018. Track 2 is designed specifically for those who attended last year’s workshop and would like a deeper dive into prayerful discernment, “Listening Hearts” style.

Space is limited, so please register now. Register at https://dsoepiscopal.org/lay-discernment-workshop/. 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 an 8:45 a.m. start is a challenge for you, we can also help you with arrangements to spend Friday night at Procter. 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 questions please do not hesitate to contact Spencer Pugh, the Chair of the Diocesan Commission on Ministry at spencerpugh@twc.com.