Speaking Schedule

I’m available to speak to your church, retreat center or organization. I can present talks, workshops, days of reflection and retreats and parish missions centered around the topics closest to my heart and soul — contemplative prayer, creativity and spirituality, and facing life’s tough moments (like disease and treatment) with faith and clarity of purpose. Drop me a line if you want more information: givenscreative@gmail.com.

Below is a partial schedule of past and upcoming events.

Upcoming:

April 9, 2017: Performance of Palm Sunday Cantata, “May Hosanna Be Our Song,” (text and music co-written with Phil Cooper and Rev. Katie Cooper Nix). Trinity United Methodist Church, Moberly, Mo.

June 12, 2017 (Monday): “Embraced by God Day of Reflection for Caregivers and those with Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases.” Pallottine Renewal Center, Florissant, Mo.

July 14-16, 2017: “Embraced by God: A Weekend Retreat for Caregivers and Those with Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases.” Marianist Retreat & Conference Center, Eureka, Mo. (636) 938-5390

October 20-22, 2017: “Extraordinary Lives: Finding God and Our Purpose in Ordinary Life” for Victorious Missionaries, Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, Belleville, IL.

December 1-3, 2017: Advent retreat with Fr. Tom Santen and Lucia Signorelli. Marianist Retreat & Conference Center, Eureka, Mo. (636) 938-5390.

Some Past Events:

December 2-4, 2016: Advent Retreat with Fr. Tom Santen and Lucia Signorelli. Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary: The Three Faces of Advent. Marianist Retreat & Conference Center, Eureka, Mo. (636) 938-5390.

December 1, 2016:  Women’s Advent Evening, “A Time to Stand and Be Amazed.”  St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Cottleville, Mo.

March 5, 2016: Women’s Morning of Reflection, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Cottleville, Mo.

February 27-29, 2016: Weekend retreat on contemplative prayer, Trinity United Methodist Church, Moberly, Mo.

February 6, 2016: Work, Joy and Vocation: Day of Reflection for Walter’s Walk board members and service providers (private).

December 4-6, 2015: Advent Retreat with Fr. Tom Santen and Lucia Signorelli. The Incarnation: God Embracing our Humanity and the Human Condition. Marianist Retreat & Conference Center, Eureka, Mo. (636) 938-5390.

September 19, 2015: Take Lord, Receive: Day of Reflection for Cancer Patients and Caregivers. Il Ritiro Franciscan Retreat, Dittmer, Mo.

April 28, 2015: The Completed Christian: Connecting Prayer to a Life of Work and Social Justice. 30-minute guest lecture for Paul VI Institute class on Christian social teaching, St. Louis, Mo.

January 28, 2015: Finding and Using Your Gifts. 30-minutes talks with prayer and music for elementary school-aged children. St. Ann Catholic School, Normandy, Mo.

January 24, 2015: Trusting in the Slow Work of God: Living a More Contemplative Life. A morning of reflection for older adults. Incarnate Word Parish, Chesterfield, Mo.

January 20, 2015: Facing Life’s Tough Moments with Faith. Brewhouse Theology talk at Ferguson Brewery, Ferguson, Mo.

Women's Morning of Prayer at St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville, Mo. March 2016.

October 25-27, 2014: Groping for God and Reaching for Others: Living a More Contemplative Life. Three-evening parish mission with music, Holy Childhood of Jesus Parish, Mascoutah, Ill.

October 27, 2014: Finding and Using Your Gifts. 30-minutes talks with prayer and music for elementary school-aged children. Holy Childhood of Jesus Parish, Mascoutah, Ill.

March 22, 2014: Take Lord, Receive: Day of Reflection for Cancer Patients and Caregivers. Il Ritiro Franciscan Retreat, Dittmer, Mo.

September 12, 2013: Take Lord, Receive: Day of Reflection for Cancer Patients and Caregivers. Ignatius House Retreat Center, Atlanta, Ga.

Available Programs

Groping for God and Reaching for Others:

Living a More Contemplative Life
A Day of Reflection or Weekend Retreat
Designed and presented by spiritual director and author Steve Givens

Designed for all who seek to find God at a deeper and more personal level, over the course of the day/weekend participants will hear presentations on the importance of prayer, solitude, journal writing and in general living a more contemplative and present life, in addition to creative and imaginative prayer experiences and times for quiet prayer, reflection, walking and journal writing. Participants will be encouraged to share with other participants in small and full group sessions.

The longer weekend retreat format will allow more time for quiet reflection, individual spiritual direction and longer creative prayer experiences featuring music, contemplative and imaginative prayer.

Topics for individual sessions and prayer experiences will be centered on the following themes:

•    Groping for God
•    Making and Creating Time and Place for Contemplative Prayer
•    Finding God
•    Living for God (and others)

Scribbling and Tapping Your Way to God:

Creative Writing as Contemplative Prayer & Spiritual Discovery
A Day of Reflection/Weekend Retreat
Designed and presented by spiritual director and author Steve Givens

Designed for writers at all levels of experience, over the course of the day/weekend participants will hear presentations on the art and spirituality of creative writing, followed by times of quiet for prayer, reflection and journal writing. Participants will be encouraged to share their writing with other participants during workshop sessions.

The longer weekend retreat format will allow more time for writing, individual spiritual direction and creative prayer experiences featuring music, contemplative and imaginative prayer, and readings from the work of participants.

Topics for individual sessions will be drawn from the following list:

•    Getting Started: Making the time to write and pray
•    Writing to Pray
•    Writing to Ask Questions and Discover Answers
•    Writing to Illuminate the Truth and Make the Hard Simple
•    Writing to Find Your True Voice and Purpose
•    Writing to Make a Difference
•    Writing from Memory and Life
•    Writing from the Depths and Dark
•    Writing from Joy
•    Writing from Music and Art
•    Writing from Scripture

Take, Lord, Receive:

A day of reflection for those with cancer and other chronic diseases, as well as for those who care for them
Designed and presented by spiritual director and author Steve Givens

“Take Lord, Receive,” is a day of reflection for those with cancer and other chronic diseases, as well as for those who care for them. The presenter is Steve Givens, a writer, spiritual director and author of “Embraced by God: Facing Chemotherapy with Faith.

The day will offer presentations, music and a variety of prayer experiences as well as opportunities for solitude, contemplative walking and quiet prayer, journaling, and sharing with other participants.

Steve Givens is a spiritual director and a widely published writer on Catholic Christian faith and spirituality, as well as a musician, composer, university administrator, father, grandfather and blogger. He has been a regular contributor to the daily Catholic devotional “Living Faith” for more than 25 years. Diagnosed in 2007 with a rare blood disease called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, which is currently in remission, he underwent regular chemotherapy treatments for more than three years, and that experience is the subject of his book, “Embraced by God: Facing Chemotherapy with Faith.” He writes a blog at: www.givenscreative.com

At St. Ann Catholic School. Finding and using our gifts.

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