Writing the Spiritual Life

A Spiritual Formation Event



May 18, 7:00-9:00 p.m., and May 19, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 2018


L. Roger Owens, Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ministry, PTS

The Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens received his Ph.D. in theology from Duke University where he was awarded a Lilly Fellowship for the Formation of a Learned Clergy. Before that he completed his M.Div. at Duke Divinity School. As an undergraduate he studied philosophy and Bible/religion at Anderson University in Indiana. Owens is an ordained Elder in the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. In North Carolina he served both urban and rural churches for eight years as co-pastor with his wife, the Rev. Ginger Thomas, before coming to PTS. His books include What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2015), Pastoral Work: Engagements with the Vision of Eugene Peterson (edited with Jason Byassee), Abba, Give Me a Word: The Path of Spiritual Direction, Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven’s Earthly Life (edited with Joel Shuman) and The Shape of Participation: A Theology of Church Practices, which was called “this decade's best work in ecclesiology” by The Christian Century. Owens has preached and lectured across the country, and his work has appeared in The Christian Century, Currents in Theology and Mission, The Journal of Religious Ethics, New Blackfriars, and elsewhere. Owens serves on the faculty for the Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation, where he lectures on postmodern spirituality and traditions of Christian spirituality.

Renee Prymus, Instructor of English, University of Pittsburgh and Writing Consultant, Carnegie Mellon University

Renee Prymus is a writer and teacher of every combination of writing, yoga, and Christian theology who is currently working on a book entitled, Finding Jesus in Down Dog: Christians Practicing Yoga. As instructor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, she teaches in the First-year Composition Program, the Creative Writing Program, the Public and Professional Writing Program, the Engineering Writing Program, and the Writing Center. She is recognized as an ESL specialist within the department. In her work at Carnegie Mellon University, she consults with graduate students on their writing, including articles for publication, proposal documents, dissertation chapters, job market materials, and department-required materials. Prymus also facilitates workshops on writing proposals and job market materials.


Many people long to write the stories of their life with God, their encounter with mystery, and their journey along the path of faith. Explore the connections between writing and the spiritual life and study best practices and popular forms of spiritual nonfiction writing. Leave with greater confidence in your writing and a clearer idea of what comes next in your writing life.

Co-sponsored with The Center for Writing and Learning Support. PTS.

Registration / CEUs

Registration is closed; this event is SOLD OUT.

CEUs: 0.8 units for clergy and laity are available upon request


Email: ConEd@pts.edu   Phone: 412-924-1345