Spiritual enrichment for youths and adults


CORALVILLE — Meghan McKenna, an internationally known author, theologian, storyteller and lecturer, will give presentations at St. Thomas More Parish Oct. 3 for youths and Oct. 4 for adults.
On Oct. 3, she will speak to the confirmation class, high school youth group and other interested individuals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is a freewill donation. Students will reflect on who they think Jesus is, what it means to be a follower, friend and disciple of Jesus, confirmed by the Spirit and witnessing to the faith for others to see.
On Oct. 4, McKenna will give a talk from 1-4 p.m. for adults. The theme is Wisdom: Seeing as God Sees and Being Seen by God. She will present the story of the Transfiguration and what it reveals to people of faith about prayer, seeing who God is and how to go back down the mountain to bring that glory and witness to others.
McKenna teaches at several colleges and universities and does retreats, workshops and parish missions. She has graduate degrees in Scripture, adult education and literacy from the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in systematic theology from Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
“But foremost she is a lover of words,” says Michelle Montgomery, the parish’s youth minister. “The Scriptures, stories and tales, poetry, images and phrases spoken aloud, written down and spun to make meaning and how these both convert and trans-form us and bring meaning and hope to the world.
“Over the years, Megan has opened my heart so much in giving me a better understanding of Scripture so that Scripture comes alive for me personally,” Montgomery continued. “I just felt that our youths would grow on fire with her insight. I am so extremely excited to have her share her gifts with us.”
Lunch will be served in the parish’s lower level. Chinese cuisine will include Mongolian beef, shrimp stir fry and veggie stir fry. Please make a reservation by Sept. 25 if you plan to eat lunch. Cost is $4 per person.
For more information contact Montgomery at (319) 337-2173, ext. 111, or by email at crlvlsttmoreym

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