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The Desiring of God and the Authority of the Future: Invigorating the Language for Mission

Grace Episcopal Church
422 Brenau Ave
Gainesville, GA 30507

Join us for an exploratory conversation about our role in renewing the language of mission. Martin Smith will give several presentations to stimulate discussion that will challenge the conventional dichotomy between spirituality and mission. His proposals for revitalizing our imagination include seeking inspiration from the theology of God’s eros, God’s yearning desire, central to early Christian spirituality, and using the theme of “living under the authority of God’s future” to make a fresh and passionate connection with Jesus’ proclamation of the onset of God’s Reign.
Friday, May 5  5:00 PM dinner, 6:00 - 8:00 PM reflection
Saturday, May 6  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM reflection and conversation
Cost is $30 for the entire event, which includes dinner, lunch, and snacks. Payment may be made on Friday evening, May 5, by cash or check.
Please RSVP to Liz Howington, Parish Secretary at Grace Episcopal Church: or 770-536-0126 by May 1.

Martin L Smith is known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond for his roving ministry of spiritual formation, preaching, leading workshops, retreats and conferences. His widely read books exploring contemporary spirituality include Reconciliation, The Word is Very Near You, A Season for the Spirit, Love Set Free and (with Julia Gatta) Go in Peace. With forty years of ministry as a priest behind him, both on the monastic path and then in parish ministry, he retired as Senior Associate at St Columba’s, Washington in 2012 to devote himself fully to his formation ministry.