Terry Nelson-Johnson will challenge us to see the Paschal Mystery as Jesus’ invitation to participate fully in the rhythm of life, the rhythm of nourishment, relinquishment and rejuvenation. Living this rhythm leads us “into Christ.” We believe that Jesus provided a model by his actions, most especially in the way he ran the “marathon” that is the Paschal Mystery. Our invitation is not to stand on the sidelines and “cheer for Jesus”, but to engage in the mystery, and to use that as our pattern to live a more abundant life.
Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson – Terry’s art is the written and spoken word. His passion for narrative theology expresses the yearning of 2,000 years to connect our life stories with The Story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Through storytelling, poetry, and humor, Terry challenges us to enter more deeply into the mystery of grace, the mystery of spirit, the mystery of God. Author and leader of the acclaimed Beloved retreat, Dr. Nelson-Johnson works with parents, teachers, pastoral staff and members of faith communities across the country to design and conduct formation programs that encourage, affirm, and inspire. A prolific writer, his reflections and essays have been widely published in local and national publications. Dr. Nelson-Johnson served on the faculty of the Loyola Academy Jesuit High School for eighteen years and is Founder and Executive Director of Soul-Play, LLC, an experiential, theological, educational enterprise serving congregations, families, schools, and adult retreats. He is Resident Theologian and Animator of Faith at Old St. Patrick’s Church, holds a master’s degree from the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University; and a Doctorate of Ministry from the University of St. Mary of the Lake. He and his wife Holly are the parents of two children, Ian and Clare.