This week’s entry in our blog series about writing and the life of faith is a second video interview with Rev. Karen Hering (click here to watch the first video). In this video, Karen describes her personal quest to reclaim the religious language of her childhood in a way that resonates with her adult spirituality and forges connections between traditions. Contemplative correspondence, the spiritual practice of writing that Karen has developed, is designed to help others form these connections as well. Contemplative correspondence, says Karen, is taking time out to pay attention to the correspondence between self and other, self and God.
Karen is a chaplain, consulting literary minister, and author of Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within, a book about the spiritual practice of writing. This summer, Karen joins our team of writing workshop facilitators at the Collegeville Institute (Click here to apply to Karen’s workshop). Her workshop, Awakening Theological Imagination in the Congregation, is intended to help pastors and religious educators cultivate personal attentiveness and invigorate theological conversation in their congregations.
This video is divided into three sections, outlined below:
Losing Language, Finding Language (00:10)
Contemplative Correspondence (01:28)
Guided Writing in Congregations (02:29)
Apply for Karen’s writing workshop at the Collegeville Institute:
Awakening Theological Imagination in the Congregation: A Spiritual Practice of Writing with Karen Hering (May 27-31, 2014)
Complete applications are due electronically by January 27, 2014.
Read more from the Faith & Writing series:
January 2, 2014—An Interview with Lauren Winner
January 9, 2014—My Job and My Joy is to Write: an Interview with Michael Dennis Browne
January 16, 2014—Writing to Wake the Soul: A Conversation with Karen Hering, Part One
Visit Karen’s website: