Baptism and the Recovery of Paschal Spirituality
The Exodus has been, since the Church’s springtime, a key, multi-faceted symbol of transformation in Christ. In this day of reflection on that transformation we will explore our role in overcoming the longstanding divorce between spirituality, typically regarded as an inward pursuit by individuals, and mission, frequently conceived by contrast in terms of institutional ‘outreach activities’. How do we contribute to the forging of an integrated Paschal spirituality, that draws people into the “immersion experience” of God that baptism enacts sacramentally, and kindles desire to attract others into that experience of freedom? “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, immersing them into the reality of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt.28:19)
The Rev. Martin L. Smith, recently retired from St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C, is well known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond as an interpreter of contemporary spirituality through books such as A Season For The Spirit, The Word Is Very Near You, Reconciliation, Love Set Free, Compass And Stars, and as a preacher and leader of retreats and workshops. He has recently co-written with Dr. Julia Gatta Go In Peace: The Art Of Hearing Confessions. His recent retirement from the staff of St Columba’s enables him to continue his wide-ranging ministry of teaching and writing.
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