Workshop Leader: Jennie MulQueen

Holding Gladness: A Vocational Workshop for Parents

The theologian Frederick Buechner tells us “The place God calls you to is the place where
your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Naming parenting as a vocation,
this workshop is designed to be a time out for parents to reconnect with and tenderly hold their
deepest sense of playful delight in a faith community of parents. Our time together this year will
include silence and meditation with a special focus on self care, as well as the spiritual practice
lectio divina, singing, journaling, and creating gladness mandalas. When we live courageously
caring for our full selves while consciously connected to our divine spark, we can share it with
our children and our communities in powerful ways. We might even begin to transform the