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A Festival for Meaning (part two)

Guest Author: 
Rev. Eileen Knoff, MA

A Festival for Meaning (part two)



Jan Phillips, spiritual guide and author, delighted a standing-room-only crowd with her humor and photographic gift at Seattle University’s Search for Meaning Book Festival on February 4. She shared her spiritual journey from secondhand religion to a personal faith.

Telling how the pain of dismissal from the convent in her teens gradually became a source of grace, Jan advised in “dismissing anything that insults the soul.” 

“Track back what you know to the event when you learned it,” she encouraged, “and get good at telling your story in a beautiful and effective way.”

“The big adventure of the movement of evolutionary creativity is toward kindness,” Jan reassured, “and being an ever brighter light."  

Reflection: What life events can you track back to and see as sources of grace? 

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