Shea Courses

»Everyone's life is a series of blessings and curses, scars and kisses. You have a choice as to which tracks you are going to hold in your memory. When you hold a story long enough, it becomes a regular part of how you see things.«

John Shea

These courses offer an introduction to John Shea‘s theology and give us the chance to get to know how the charm of the storyteller is touched to the intellect of the theologian. 

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You will never be at home with Jesus as long as you are not at home with yourself

»After two thousand years people still journey to Jesus. They bring a vaunting ego and last year’s scar, one unruly hope and several debilitating fears, an unwarranted joy and a hesitant heart – and ask Jesus what to make of it… He continues to roll back the stone from the caves we entomb him in. It is only because Jesus insists on inserting himself into the thick of our plots that we insist on commenting on him.«

John Shea, The Challenge of Jesus, p.11.

 

John Shea’s book, "The Challenge of Jesus” was published before he wrote his foundational trilogy on Narrative theology. This year we will read the book anew and apply the later findings of Narrative Theology to it. In particular, we want to ensure that the story of the challenge of Jesus speaks directly to the story of our life as a challenge. As long as we are not at home within our own life story and its many challenges, we will not be at home in the story of Jesus. And when we are not at home in the story of Jesus, we often change it to our liking, to take away the sharpness, to smooth out the parts that worry us and to edit away the parts that challenge us.

 

 

January »Only the Jesus responded to in faith redeems life«:
Jesus as Challenge
February Jesus seeks our possibilities, not our shaming:
The Challenge to Repent
March »Do not look somber«: The Challenge to Celebrate
April »The God who will not break down the door but then again will not stop knocking«: The Challenge to Trust
May We are more than sin: The Challenge to Forgive
June »Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long«:
The Challenge to Love

respectively from  19.30 – 21.00 h in the Hall of St. Marien, Vallendar / Led by:  Erik Riechers SAC

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Narrative Biblical Retreats

The Belgian theologian Jan Walgrave once wrote that all of modern life was a conspiracy against interiority. The Canadian author Yann Martel asked himself the question where a modern person could turn if he or she wanted to confront the great themes of human existence (life, death, meaning, fear, future, brokenness, happiness, reconciliation, healing etc.).

Consciously of unconsciously we struggle with these great themes of life. Every human being stands in an inescapable relationship to Mystery, and this relationship calls forth a thirst for meaning from the deep places in us.

In Siebenquell we offer retreats in the Narrative Biblical style. In These retreats we work with the great biblical stories, for they focus on this fluid relationship between humanity and Mystery. They say something about us and about God. The stories of God and the stories of faith are captivating, provocative and oft times upsetting. They shake life awake in places where we often no longer suspect life to be present.

Our Narrative Biblical retreats offer people more time and space for the great themes of their lives, for encouragement to act and live, for reflection, prayer, silence, spiritual direction, rest and renewal.   

All Narrative Biblical Retreats are offered in German. Special requests for such retreats in English can be forwarded to info@siebenquell.de

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Fri 07.02.–
Fri 14.02.
Baptism, Desert and Homecoming: How we practice Belovedness.
  As human beings we love to hear that we are loved and wanted. Unfortunately, we find it hard to acknowledge and accept this message of our God. From the water where Jesus hears the message, through the desert where it is questioned to the homecoming where it must be put into practice, we will follow the trail of Jesus in order to learn from him how we can grow into our dignity as the Beloved of God.
  Exerzitien – und Bildungshaus der Pallottinerinnen, Weilburger Straße 5, 65549 Limburg
Led by: Erik Riechers SAC / Registration by Telephone 06431 2009-555
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Mon 07.04. -
Sat 12.04.
Make the Heart Anew
  In this Narrative Biblical Retreat we wish to discover that the human heart is the special concern of God. When we do not treat our hearts well, the relationship to God becomes disfigured. We will work through the following topics: The Heart on a Treasure Hunt; The Human Hearts Craves Divine Love; The Two Strategies of the Waiting Heart; The Rejected Heart; The Envious Heart; Jesus Brings Love to Disfigured Hearts.
  Kloster Tiefenthal, Bildungs– und Exerzitienhaus der Armen Dienstmägde Jesu Christi
Schlangenbader Straße 22, 65344 Martinsthal bei Eltville
Led by: Erik Riechers SAC / Registration by Telephone 06123 7960
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Fri 03.10.–
Fri 10.10.
From the Vantage Point of the Eagle: Biblical Reflections from the Gospel of John
  Exerzitien – und Bildungshaus der Pallottinerinnen, Weilburger Straße 5, 65549 Limburg
Led by: Erik Riechers SAC / Registration by Telephone 06431 2009-555
Mon 03.11. -
Sat 08.11.
Do not Waste Your Heart on Fear: Biblical Stories Against Fear
  The Celtic Christians have a wonderful blessing: »May your soul be full of life«. However, that is fairly difficult if my heart is possessed by fear. Again and again Jesus speaks to fear and tries to diminish its power, so that the heart again has room for life. In this retreat we want to listen together to the stories against fear, so that we do not waste our hearts on fear.
  Kloster Tiefenthal, Bildungs– und Exerzitienhaus der Armen Dienstmägde Jesu Christi
Schlangenbader Straße 22, 65344 Martinsthal bei Eltville
Led by: Erik Riechers SAC / Registration by Telephone 06123 7960