FaithMatters: Living a Resurrection-Shaped Life

Presented by the Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana and author of A Resurrection Shaped Life: Dying and Rising on Planet Earth

Friday Lecture, March 6: Leaning into the Resurrection
7–9 p.m., All Saints' Chapel, The University of the South (map)

God’s love raises us from the dead. Not only from the tombs where our remains will be laid to rest, but from the various graves we dig for ourselves in our daily lives. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus is more than asserting a fact about the past or clinging to a hope about the afterlife. It is also a commitment to being transformed by God’s love in our daily lives. We will discuss what we mean by the resurrection, how to lean into the resurrection, and what a resurrection-shaped life looks like.

This lecture is open to the public. Please register below to ensure a seat. A “love offering” will be collected to support the event.

Saturday Workshop, March 7: A Resurrection Shaped Life
9 a.m.–4 p.m., Convocation Hall, the University of the South (map)

The resurrection of Jesus can shape our everyday lives. More than a distant event, his resurrection is a power that pervades this world and on which we can draw. The resurrection is making us a New Creation now. This workshop explores how we can grow beyond our regrets, our losses, our wounds, and our sorrows through Christ’s love. Our day together will include talks by Bishop Jake, time for personal reflection or journaling, and the opportunity for small group discussion.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Begin to see for themselves that the resurrection is something happening in their lives now;
  • Reflect upon their past lives to identify past moments of resurrection;
  • Listen to their present lives for places needing resurrection;
  • Recognize their own resurrection experiences as a resource for ministry to others needing new life.

About Bishop Jake Owensby

The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, Ph.D., D.D. was consecrated and seated as the fourth bishop of Western Louisiana in 2012. At the time of his election on April 21, 2012, he was serving as dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Shreveport, LA.

A graduate of the School of Theology at the University of the South, Bishop Owensby was ordained to the diaconate and then to the priesthood in the Diocese of Florida in 1997. He served at St. Mark’s, Jacksonville as assistant rector for Christian formation until accepting a call to be the rector of St. Stephen’s in Huntsville, AL. In 2003, Bishop Owensby became rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in metropolitan St. Louis and served there until 2008.

Before his call to ordained ministry, Owensby earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Emory University (1985) where he also received an M.A and a B.A. He served on the philosophy faculty and taught the History of Philosophy and a range of advanced and introductory courses at Jacksonville University.\

Owensby has three adult children and lives in Alexandria, LA with his wife Joy and rescue-pup Gracie.

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