Discernment: A Lifelong Spiritual Practice



What does it mean to slow down the noise of the world and find space to ask really big questions “about how God might have a stake in our individual lives,” asked the Rev. Mike Angell. He’s the chairperson of the diocesan Commission on Ministry and one of the team organizing the diocesan discernment conference on Sept. 15, “Discernment: A Lifelong Spiritual Practice.”

Conference speaker is the Rev. Melanie Mullen, who had wide-ranging experience from urban missioner and priest to campaign fundraising. As the Episcopal Church’s Director of Reconciliation, Justice & Creation Care she is charged with bringing the Jesus Movement to the concerns of the world. From the perspective of her position, she oversees a lot of how the Episcopal Church works with the everyday world. “She brings a real sense of where Jesus is calling our church at this moment,” said Angell.

For many of us, ‘discernment conference’ is for people who are at the entry point to ordination as deacon or priest. While this year’s conference will have specifics for that audience, there is more of a focus on discerning God’s deeper call to ministry. About how we sit with life’s big questions and trust that God is working better for us than we could ask or imagine.

*** Taken from Diocesan weekly email iSeek sent out on August 31, 2018 ***