Call for Workshop Proposals
The deadline to submit workshop proposals is now passed. Come back for further informaton about workshops during the upcoming Ignatian Spirituality Conference (ISC), sponsored jointly by the Jesuits and Saint Louis University, to take place Thursday, July 16 through Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Saint Louis University.
During that time, we will offer a number of workshops in the area of Ignatian Spirituality. Each workshop, which we will offer twice, should run for 60 minutes, including at least 15 minutes of question and answer time, and may relate in some way to the following reflection by Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus:
Thus, although this may surprise some, I believe that one of the primary challenges facing the Society today is that of recovering the spirit of silence. I am not thinking of disciplinary measures, fixed times of silence, going back to religious houses that look more like monasteries. Rather, I am thinking of the hearts of our men. We all need a place inside ourselves where there is no noise, where the voice of the Spirit of God can speak to us, softly and gently, and direct our discernment. In a very true sense we need the ability to become ourselves silence, emptiness, an open space that the Word of God can fill, and the Spirit of God can set on fire for the good of others and of the Church. More than ever, every Jesuit should be able to live like a monk in the middle of the noise of the city - as an Orthodox friend of ours once said. That means that our hearts are our monasteries and at the bottom of every activity, every reflection, every decision, there is silence, the kind of silence that one shares only with God.
A committee will evaluate workshop proposals according to the categories of form, thematic content, and practical application. Regarding form, proposals should describe clearly the aims and goals of the workshop, focus on a limited area or field, and offer a feasible plan that suggests an effective outcome for participants. As for form and content, proposals should touch on Ignatian spirituality and/or Jesuit ministry. Finally, proposals should present relevant, varied, and creative applications of their ideas to practical situations.
Thank you in advance for considering our invitation! We look forward to seeing you at the conference.