Janet K. Ruffing, Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn.

About the Program

As spiritual directors and leaders, pastoral caregivers, and seekers of deeper spiritual lives, we desire to experience and to express God’s compassion in our daily walk. This two-day event provides an opportunity to explore this desire more deeply.

Friday’s presentation will consider the spiritual practice of Developing a Habit of Mercy and Recognizing Its Interruptions. Saturday’s workshop will explore how we Cultivate God’s Compassion for and in ourselves and bring that wisdom to fuller expression in our own lives, relationships, and ministries. Insights will be drawn from the work of Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, and others. Co-sponsored with Pneuma Institute and The Ephesus Project.

Date / Time / CEs

Public Lecture: Fri., March 10, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Workshop: Sat., March 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

CEs for licensed psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors are anticipated for this program. Friday evening: 2.0 CEs; Saturday: 5.5 CEs 

CEUs will be available for clergy and chaplains.


     Participants are welcome to attend either day OR both days. Registration for Saturday includes lunch.

     Fees are $20 for Friday evening only; $60 for Saturday only; $75 for both days; $10/day for CE credit hours.

Advance Reading

Ruffing, J.K. (2015). Cultivating Compassion: Developing a Habit of Mercy and Recognizing its InterruptionsHuman Development, 36, 36-47.

Ruffing, J.K. (2012). Ineluctable this Shimmering: The Principle and Foundation. The Way, 58, 71-91.

Ruffing, J.K. (1995). Refined by Fire. Living Prayer, 28, 3-7.