Collegeville Connections: Metaphor as a Tool for Discernment

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How do individuals and churches collectively discern what choices to make? And how can metaphors, such as pottery, help with the process?

In Fall 2020, the Collegeville Institute’s Communities of Calling Initiative gathered leaders from the 13 participating congregations for the virtual Treasure in Clay Jars retreat. Designed by project director Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson and program associate Jessie Bazan, the retreat invited participants to play with the metaphor of pottery as a way of reflecting on their individual and congregational callings.

In this Collegeville Connections presentation, Jane and Jessie will explore the value of metaphor as a tool for discernment and use the metaphor of pottery to reflect with some Communities of Calling Initiative participants about their recent experiences in congregational life.

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