Authors Judith Valente and Charles Reynard to speak at Christus Theological Institute Annual Conference

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 10:15am
Valente and Reynard

MOBILE, Ala. – Authors Judith Valente and Charles Reynard will be the featured speakers at the Christus Theological Institute’s annual conference hosted by Spring Hill College.  Conference dates are Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12, 2013. All events will be held in the Gautrelet Room in the Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., Administration Center on the campus of Spring Hill College. 

The Thursday evening lecture, "Living a Contemplative Life in a 24/7 World," will focus on our ability to regain a sense of silence and contemplation in a world of 24-hour shopping, cell phones, texts and Twitter.  Ancient monastic traditions offer practical tools for living a more contemplative life amid the din of daily distractions.  This interactive presentation will show how we can practice in our daily lives the monastic values of listening, prayer, praise, silence, humility, hospitality and contemplation.  The program begins at 7 p.m.

The Friday morning lecture, "Discovering Inner Wisdom Through Poetry," will explore the poetry of a variety of contemporary poets with the speakers showing us how poems can help us slow down, find greater balance and tap into the transcendent in the everyday.  This will be an interactive presentation for both lovers of poetry and those who have little familiarity with poems.  The event will begin at 10:15 a.m.

Judith Valente is an on-air correspondent for PBS covering religion and ethics.  She previously worked for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.  She is the author of two collections of poetry, most recently "Discovering Moons" (2009).

Charles Reynard is a circuit court judge in Bloomington, Ill., and Valente’s husband.  He served as co-editor with Valente of the anthology "Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul "(2005).

Housed at Spring Hill College, the Christus Theological Institute is a grassroots consortium of Mobile Bay area churches joined in the quest to promote a deeper understanding of our Christian faith.

The event is open to the public and the cost to attend is $5 for Thursday event and $3 for Friday morning.  Admission for Christus Theological Institute members is free. For more information on this and upcoming Christus events, contact the Theology Department at (251) 380-4458 or