Habits for Hard Times Workshop

Finding hope and peace amidst chaos and tragedy is the focus of this one-day workshop from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday, Sept. 17 at First United Methodist Church of Orlando. The workshop will be led by Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and is open to the church and community.

Marshall’s work focuses on the virtues of peace and hope and examines how Christians can appropriately respond to the discord, division, hatred, and violence that is so prevalent in our world. Marshall is the author of two edited volumes, Choosing Peace through Daily Practices (The Pilgrim Press, 2005) and Religion and Conflict Transformation: Essays in Faith, Power, and Relationship (Palgrave MacMillan 2016) and two monographs, Though the Fig Tree Does Not Blossom: Toward a Responsible Theology of Christian Hope (Abingdon 2006, Wipf & Stock 2015) and Christians in the Public Square: Faith that Transforms Politics (Abingdon 2008, Wipf and Stock 2016). Currently, she is working on a new book on how to live well in the midst of ongoing conflict.

The morning workshop will offer resources and training on deep listening and dialogue strategies, and on reflective practices that help us see beyond division and discord. The afternoon session will focus on sustaining hope even when things don’t improve. Registration for the workshop is $15 and includes pastries and coffee before the workshop and lunch. Financial assistance is available.

Marshall earned a BA from Davidson College, an MA from the University of Notre Dame and an MA/Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award from Emory University in 2015. Before joining the Candler faculty in 2009, she worked with the refugee resettlement programs of Church World Service and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). She served as the lead writer for God’s Renewed Creation, a pastoral letter on caring for God’s creation for The United Methodist Church Council of Bishops.

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