A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
Vocational Discernment Retreat: October 21-22, 2017
Flip the Script: Discerning Your Prophetic Purpose
October 21-22, 2017
Flip the Script: Discerning Your Prophetic Purpose is a weekend retreat for Christian young adults who want their lives, and their faith, to “make a difference” but aren’t sure how. Together, we use practices of prophetic storytelling, inspired by community organizing, to explore questions of purpose and calling. Attendees will walk away with greater clarity about their own purpose and motivation, their gifts and sources of hope, and how their “story” fits into God’s story.
This retreat is for you if you’re:
- A young adult, ages 18-30
- Inspired by the Christian faith (whether self-identified “Christian” or not)
- Passionate about justice and making a difference
- Thoughtful and open to learning
- Interested in being a leader
Rev. Jennifer Bailey
Minister, Writer, Scholar-Activist
Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging national leader in multi-faith movement for justice. She is the Founding Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, a new interfaith community equipping faith leaders to challenge structural inequality in their communities. Jennifer comes to this work with nearly a decade of experience at non-profits combatting intergenerational poverty.
A Truman Scholar and Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, Jennifer earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology. She writes regularly for a number of publications including Sojourners and the Huffington Post. Her first book, tentatively titled Confessions of a #Millennial #Minister is currently under contract with Chalice Press. Rev. Bailey is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Nicholas Hayes, M.Div
PhD Candidate, Scholar, Postulant for Holy Orders
Since his first exposure to faith-based community organizing in 2009, Nicholas Hayes, MDiv, has found in it a powerful set of practices to bridge personal and social transformation. Whether as a young adult organizer through Life Together (Boston’s Episcopal Service Corps), a trainer and coach for Marshall Ganz’s Leading Change Network, a leader in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, or the national Faith Community Organizer at New Economy Coalition, Nicholas has brought spirituality and social justice organizing together in diverse ways throughout his career. He has led and facilitated trainings in narrative and organizing for diverse nonprofits, religious institutions, professional groups, and government organizations.
After spending a year as a Teaching and Research Fellow for Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School, in September, 2016 Nicholas began a PhD program in Theological Ethics at Boston College to ground his work in further study. He is currently a postulant to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. – Arrive
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Program
People’s Supper Gathering
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – People’s Supper Gathering (optional)
Join us for an evening of good food and good conversation as we think about the state of our relationships with one another and our communities in this moment.
Sunday, October 22
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
What is Vocational Discernment?
We first introduce you to different ways of thinking about vocational discernment, and then invite you into our prophetic approach by exploring how your passion connects to God’s greater striving for justice in the world.
What is Storytelling?
We take our first deep dive into story work, by finding and sharing specific moments where God has called each of us to step into our prophetic purpose — and we’ve responded. We’ll help each other connect to our stories by practicing deep listening and mindful questioning.
We go deeper into story work, unearthing the myths about ourselves that have shaped our worldview, and rediscovering the sources of hope that have been strongest in our lives.
Flipping the Script
We put together the pieces of the previous day to create the new story for ourselves to help guide our discernment process. We identify the next steps God is inviting us to take to live into that story.