Ruth frequently speaks to a variety of groups. Some time-tested themes are described below. She will be happy to adapt the material to the specific needs and timeframe of your group — whether you need a sermon, keynote address, workshop, or retreat format.

Sexual Shame 
             /Shame on the Church

The experience of sexual violence is devastating. Unfortunately, the church’s emphasis on sexual purity often intensifies the damage, especially for women. This keynote address explores what scripture says to survivors, and encourages believers to shake the shackles of shame.

Uncluttering as a Spiritual Practice

We may be spiritual beings, but we live in a physical world. What are we supposed to do with our “stuff”? We begin with Jesus’ words about treasure, then move to the places we stash our treasure. Practical tips can include an action plan and homework.

Me, a Pilgrim?

We may be drawn to the idea of going on pilgrimage, but have no intention of renewing our passport. These workshops will explore how the ancient practice of pilgrimage applies to our post-modern age. You may be delighted to find yourself “on the move” in unexpected ways.

Take an Armchair Pilgrimage

Choose Bethlehem, Galilee, or Jerusalem. In each location, hear stories and explore the themes of pilgrimage: 1) Open our eyes; 2) Be cheek to cheek with the divine; 3) Encounter the religious stranger. Afterward, you may find yourself reading the news from the Middle East differently.

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