Making Sense of the American Spiritual Landscape: A Workshop


Join the St. Paul’s community for this special opportunity: a Saturday workshop with acclaimed professor and faith leader Rev. Frederick Schmidt. If you are a spiritual leader or you are simply trying to make sense of your own faith in conversation with those around you, this workshop is designed for you.

Making Sense of the American Spiritual Landscape

The high tide denominationalism of the fifties and sixties quickly gave way to a new American spiritual landscape at the end of the Twentieth Century — or so it seems.  What are the dominant trends on that landscape?  What do they tell us about the church’s future?  How do we orient ourselves spiritually in this new world order?

About Rev. Schmidt

FredSchmidtThe Reverend Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, and directs the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is an Episcopal Priest, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, conference leader, writer, and consulting editor at Church Publishing in New York. He is the author of numerous published articles and reviews, as well as several books: A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church (Syracuse University Press, 1998), The Changing Face of God (Morehouse, 2000), When Suffering Persists (Morehouse, 2001), in Italian translation: Sofferenza, All ricerca di una riposta (Torino: Claudiana, 2004), What God Wants for Your Life (Harper, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Revelation (Morehouse, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Luke (Morehouse, 2009), and The Dave Test (Abingdon, 2013). He and his wife, Natalie (who is also an Episcopal priest), live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with their Gordon Setter, Hilda of Whitby. They have four children and five grandchildren: Henry, Addie, Heidi, Sophie, and Drew with a sixth on the way.  Having divided his time between the church and the academy, Dr. Schmidt has thought at length about the challenges facing the church and has grappled with them in “the real world.”

$10 registration includes lunch! Reserve your spot by emailing Lynne Fields of St. Paul’s with your name, home church/town and preferred contact method. Your $10 can be dropped off at the church office or brought with you on Saturday.