Elizabeth Liebert, Ph.D.

San Francisco Theological Seminary
105 Seminary Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 451-2880
E-mail: eliebert@sfts.edu

As Professor of Spiritual Life, I am very committed to offering resources to future leaders of the church to help them understand and deepen their own spiritual grounding as well as to extend their ministries of spiritual nurture and care of their congregations. I see spiritual formation as one significant aspect of vocation in the world for both individuals and groups. Therefore, it must be biblically and theoretically grounded and culturally sensitive if it is both to anchor Christians in their long and rich tradition and to propel them into the work of Christ in the world.

My current research centers on aspects of the academic discipline of Christian Spirituality, and, in particular on the practice of discernment. Recently released is The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making (Westminster John Knox) that brings together the past 20 years of discernment retreats into an accessible and user-friendly way to prayerfully discern important dedisions on one’s life. In the past my research has focused on adult developmental theories and their implications for spiritual direction and discernment, and includes co-authored projects entitled Retreat with the Psalms and The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women, both published by Paulist Press.

For fun, I love to read mysteries and garden. I am newly captivated by trying to grow orchids—and get them to re-bloom regularly. For years, I have been trying to take the perfect photograph, but meanwhile, lots of penultimate photographs appear on my own stationery.


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