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Advent Joy: Finding the Rising Star during Times of Uncertainty
Advent is a time of preparation for joy that has the possibility of changing our lives. In the midst of the current reality, COVID with its uncertainty illness, and death; Climate change with its catastrophic storms, floods, fires, and displacement; demographic and other changes in religious life, reduced energy, and questionable futures, how do we prepare for joy?
Advent gives us a clue with a rising star that led the wise ones to Emmanuel, God with Us.

This webinar will focus us on the lessons of stars – How they form in uncertain conditions, how they shine while maintaining a precarious balance, how they create even as they give themselves away, and how they give new life that has changed the course of the Universe.

Formation teams and people attentive to their own formation will find this Cosmo-Centric conversation helpful as they negotiate holding on to joy in the midst of struggle.

Dec 14, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Linda Gibler, OP
Assistant Professor of Science and Religion, Associate Academic Dean @Oblate School of Theology
Overwhelmed by the first Hubble Deep Field picture, Linda, a Dominican Sister of Houston, became enchanted with the magnificence of the Universe and intrigued by the image’s significance for a Catholic understanding of God. In 1999, she began formal study of cosmology at the California Institute of Integral Studies where she completed a MA then a PhD in Philosophy and Religion with an emphasis in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. Linda also earned a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO Before her cosmic epiphany, Linda was the director of social ministry for a parish in Houston where she coordinated direct services, social outreach, and social justice programs. She has also served on a hospital medical ethics board and worked for a Texas agency to insure health care for indigent women. A published author, Linda is serves as the Associate Academic Dean at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.