Spirituality & Personal Growth

The College for Bishops Leadership Institute was established to provide educational resources for new bishops as well as trending informational resources for all bishops. Spirituality & Personal Growth focuses on specific resources such as:

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Work-Life Balance & Personal Growth


Minimalism & MonaSticism

In recent years, the word “minimalism” has become a part of mainstream vocabulary. It’s a commitment to curtailing the excesses of consumerism in one’s life; a movement that eschews material goods in order to seek greater spiritual and personal authenticity; an interior design aesthetic; a simple lifestyle; a clutter-free home. However, contemporary minimalism has two defining features that ultimately negate the religious function of living with fewer possessions. The movement is permeated by the self-help ethos so characteristic of our modern, secular age, and its proponents have taken to Instagram and Facebook to place their de-cluttered lives on display. Both of these trends would have confounded early Christian “minimalists.”

Why Expertise Matters

By definition, an expert is someone whose learning and experience lets them understand a subject deeper than you or I do (assuming we're not an expert in that subject, too).  Who would have a problem with that?  Every day, all of us entrust our lives to experts from airline pilots to pharmacists.  Yet, somehow, we've come to a point where people can put their ignorance on a subject on display for all to see--and then call that a virtue.  This article from NPR explores the value of expertise.

How to gain control of your free time

There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can "build the lives we want in the time we've got."

A Finder's Guide to Facts

 Are we really in a post–truth era? Facts have always been hard to separate from falsehoods and political partisans have always made it harder.  Perhaps it is better to call this a post-trust era.  As business, government, churches, and the media have fallen in public esteem, we’ve been left with fewer traditional guideposts for whom to believe.  Not only is fake news a problem but also many Americans doubt what authorities tell them and dismiss real news from traditional sources.  NPR’s Steve Inskeep offers some tips for applying some healthy skepticism, dismissing false narratives, and sorting out the truth.

8 Ways You Can Survive--and Thrive--in Midlife

After two years of research and more than 400 interviews about midlife, former NPR reporter Barb Bradley Hagerty received dozens of insights about how to live well in the middle years. Her findings are distilled in this NPR article with a little context. And, by the way, these ideas work well for people on both sides of the midlife divide.

Committing to Mutuality: An Interview with Eugene Peterson 

In this archived interview, Eugene Peterson discusses the trend toward "clergy self-care."  He says the most important thing he did as a pastor was, rather than "protecting" himself from his congregation and their needs and demands, he sought to foster a collaborative relationship.

How to Live Wisely 

What does it mean to live a good life? What about a productive life? A happy life?  This article summarizes a new Harvard seminar called "Reflecting On Your Life."  Designed to make first year undergraduates contemplate what matters, these short exercises can teach meaningful lessons to us all.

How to Use a Simple Pocket Notebook to Improve Your Life 

At a time when technology seems to offer more and more ways to organize busy lives, this refreshing article credits the simple pocket notebook as the best way to gather and process the information overload we experience every day.

Looking for a New Podcast to Try? 45 Great Picks from the TED Staff

Redeem your commuting time with these great podcast suggestions from TED.  Suggestions are grouped into categories which include: storytelling, a more thoughtful life, random knowledge, belly laughs, better business, and creativity.

Question: Do You Have a Learning Plan?

How do you make progress toward goals in your life?  How do you discover new abilities and interests?  Lisa Canning (Entrepreneur the Arts) offers a list of possible ideas with links to accompanying resources for energizing your life and creating a self-directed learning plan.


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