Learning to Cooperate with Grace through the Inner Work of Transformation

Learning to Cooperate with Grace through the Inner Work of Transformation

July 25-26, 2022

Thank you for participating in this workshop.

We are living in a world of hurt, in an age of anxiety and loneliness. Religious Life, indeed, all of life within our planetary home, is going through a Great Turning. It is a time of enormous transition characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. In times like these it is easy to lose our way, our hope for the future, even our rootedness to own true selves. Times like these are rife with peril yet replete with the promise of new life. How can we seize this promise of new life?

While we cannot engineer or guarantee new life, we can create the conditions for new life to emerge. We can learn to cooperate with grace by doing our own soulwork, our own inner work of transformation. We can learn to listen to our hurt, anxiety and loneliness, rather than silence what these have to tell us. If we can learn the ways of transformation, we will have a hand in facilitating the emergence of new life within ourselves. If we do our own inner work of transformation, we become agents of transformation for Religious Life and common home.

This two-day gathering will not be for the faint of heart. It will engage participants in the soulwork of transformation. We will explore the pathways of deep change by reflecting upon and sharing our own personal experiences of transformation. Modern research, as well as ancient and contemporary faith traditions, have taught us a great deal about the nature of transformation. While we will touch upon these, this workshop will focus primarily upon your own experiential learnings. We will glean from your own life lessons what the school of heart has taught us about how to cooperate with grace through the inner work of transformation.

Please note this two day workshop begins each day at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Central time. There are 2 scheduled breaks along with a 60 minute lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 (CT) to avoid screen fatigue.  All workshop materials are mail to your home before the workshop begins.

Workshop fees

NRVC member: $450                                      Non-member: $625

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Cancellations for workshops must be received in writing to debbiesscm@nrvc.net before June 30 to receive a full refund less a $100 processing fee. After June 30, all fees are non refundable. 

Please note: there is no guarantee workshop materials will arrive on time for any one who registers after June 30.  


Dr. Ted Dunn is a clinical psychologist and co-founder of Comprehensive Consulting Services in Trinity, Florida. He has over thirty years of experience providing consultation, training and facilitation services to religious communities and other faith-based organizations throughout the United States and internationally. He regularly writes, presents, and works with leadership teams and congregations at all levels. His current focus is on guiding communities who are discerning God’s call to new life through processes of deep change and transformation.  

Financial assistance available

To assist NRVC members with their professional development, the Misericordia Scholarship Fund is available. Scholarship funds can be applied to NRVC workshops; however, they do not cover the cost of transportation, accommodations, meals or personal expenses. If you need financial assistance to attend an NRVC workshop, please apply here.

Workshop terms and conditions

Workshops are designed from the NRVC three-component curriculum for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the complex theological, spiritual, psycho-sexual, ethical, and diversity issues often present in contemporary vocation ministry. NRVC recommends that vocation ministers participate in ongoing educational opportunities to attend to their own vocation, faith formation, and to further develop their professional competencies. Please read the terms and conditions of all NRVC programs and events.

Questions about Summer Institute workshops?

Please contact Sr. Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M. at debbiesscm@nrvc.net

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