From Surrender to Conversion: The Transforming Power of the 12 Steps of Recovery – Quiet Day

August 8 (Wednesday 9:00–4:00) Quiet Day

From Surrender to Conversion: The Transforming Power of the 12 Steps of Recovery

The 12 Steps of recovery tap into an ancient spiritual insight: the key to transformation is not will power – trying harder, doing better, being good – but surrender. But how do we incorporate surrender into our daily life? We cannot make ourselves surrender, or can we? In this Quiet Day, open to anyone interested in learning more about the 12 Steps, we will reflect and pray on the significance of surrender in living the spiritual life day-by-day. We will come to recognize the centrality of surrender to the practice of all of the 12 Steps, not just the first one. And we will explore parallels with other wisdom traditions that teach us that we change not by struggling, but by letting go.

John Braught, a former member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has over sixteen years experience in recovery. As a practicing monk for five years, John has thought deeply about the relationship between the Twelve Steps and Christian spiritual disciplines. John has both personal and professional experience speaking to individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds on the spirituality of the twelve steps. He holds a BA in philosophy and speech communications from York College of Pennsylvania, and an MA in philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Program fee $80 (includes lunch)

Program check-in: 8:30 am Wednesday

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