Dr. Susan Phillips: Narrative and Pilgrimage – Forming Our Stories in the Company of Others

Date(s) - May 23, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Regent College Chapel

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Social scientists claim that to discover our stories, we need adventure, restful reflection, and conversation. The philosopher Donald Polkinghorne wrote: “One’s life story needs to include a series of progressive and regressive periods repeating over time—that is, it needs adventures followed by a return to repose.” The Christian religion has long embraced pilgrimage as a practice of spiritual formation engaged in by stepping outside the structures of society and church, orienting toward a sacred place, and journeying with other pilgrims in an egalitarian fellowship. The conviction is that we discover our true story by stepping out of our socially constructed one, and, moreover, that the pilgrimage may be interior rather than geographical. What are the possibilities for us today, as we seek to be people of the Way, day by day?

Susan S. Phillips is a sociologist, spiritual director, and Executive Director and Professor at New College Berkeley. Her most recent book is The Cultivated Life: From Ceaseless Striving to Receiving Joy. Susan also teaches regularly at San Francisco Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Regent College.

This lecture is part of our 2018 Summer Evening Public Lecture Series.

Dr. Phillips will be teaching the class “Contemplative Listening in Spiritual Friendship & Direction” from May 21 – June 1 as part of our 2018 Summer Programs. Learn more at rgnt.net/summer.


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