Book Club discussion of Swinging on the Garden Gate.

May 11, 7-8:30 pm. 

St. Joan of Arc’s LGBTQ+ Book Club will discuss Swinging on the Garden Gate with Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew on Zoom. The general public is welcome. Please contact Ron ( for the Zoom link or a low-cost copy of the book.

Wisdom Ways spiritual memoir drop-in sessions.

Second Fridays, 1:30-3:30 CT

These drop-in sessions are meant to support the ongoing spiritual practice of writing memoir. Sign up for the series or single classes.

April 9:  writing about others
May 14: writing as mindfulness
June 11:  re-seeing revision

Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop

May 17-June 4. 

Join me for a self-paced course introducing the art and spiritual practice of writing memoir. What is memoir, and how is it different from autobiography? What makes memoir spiritual? How can the practice of writing memoir, whether for an audience or no audience, support spiritual growth?

We will start with the basics, using writing exercises, readings from master writers, and conversation. We will also discuss how to sustain the practice with writing partners or small groups. We’d love to have you!

Writers’ Circle: Tending Writer and Writing.

Wednesdays: April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, and Dec. 15, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. CT.

The most significant creation born of writing is the person the writer becomes for having written. With intention, a community can tend both the literary creation and what’s coming alive inside the creators.  In this facilitated small group modeled after spiritual direction groups and Quaker clearness committees, the circle will magnify our listening and hold us accountable to the creative source.  Unlike traditional writing groups which focus exclusively on the text, we will attend the aliveness moving within both writer and text. We create our best work when our inner transformation receives the support of others.  Note:  This group may take place in person at Wisdom Ways. 

ARC Third Thursday reading

May 20, 6:00-7:00 p.m. CT.

I was living at the ARC Retreat Center when I wrote my memoir, Swinging on the Garden Gate, so ARC features prominently in my story. Join me as I share a few passages and discuss living in community, retreat ministry, and memoir writing.