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Kent Ira Groff

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Company: Founding Mentor, Oasis Ministries, Camp Hill, PA www.oasismin.org
Website: LinkYourSpirituality.com
E-mail: kentiragroff@comcast.net
Phone: 720-949-1598
Address: 10193 East 29th Avenue, Denver, CO 80238

Joined CAL: March 2007

Specialties: spirituality, writing, poetry, spiritual but not religious, discerning your vocation, spirituality and writing retreats

Skills & Media:
Writing workshops; contemplative retreats using film clips and meditation with interactive presentations; one-one spiritual coaching

Books:
Honest to God Prayer: Spirituality as Awareness, Empowerment, Relinquishment and Paradox (SkyLight Paths Publishing)
Clergy Table Talk: Eavesdropping on Ministry Issues in the 21st Century (Academy of Parish Clergy)
Facing East, Praying West: Poetic Reflections on The Spiritual Exercises (Paulist Press)
Writing Tides: Finding Grace and Growth Through Writing (Abingdon Press)
What Would I Believe if I Didn’t Believe Anything? A Handbook for Spiritual Orphans (Jossey-Bass) (Spirituality & Health award for one of Best Books)
The Soul of Tomorrow’s Church: Weaving Spiritual Practices in Ministry Together (Upper Room Books)(Academy of Parish Clergy: One of Ten Best Books)
Journeymen: A Spiritual Guide for Men (and for Women Who Want to Understand Them) (Upper Room Books)
Active Spirituality: A Guide for Seekers and Ministers (Rowan & Littlefield / Alban Books)
Spirituality Matters for Committee Meetings and Spiritual Practices for Beginners and Leaders (Decatur, GA: Columbia Theological Seminary Press)

Books (contributor)
Grieving with Your Whole Heart (Editors of SkyLight Paths Publishing)
The Forgiveness Handbook (Editors of SkyLight Paths Publishing)
Seek the Lover Within: Lessons from 50 Spiritual Leaders, Tuula Fai, ed. (Wise Media Group)
The Spiritual Formation Bible: Gospel of Luke (Upper Room Books/Zondervan)
Knitting into the Mystery: A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Ministry, Jorgensen and Izard, eds. (Morehouse Publishing)
Anger: Minding Your Passion, ed. Amy Lyles Wilson (Upper Room Books)

Periodicals:
CAL Series: Writer’s Toolbox: “Poem-making for Renewal” InPrint: Jan-Feb 2011
“Creative Journaling,” InPrint: Nov-Dec, 2010
“Writing Your Way Home,” InPrint: Sep-Oct, 2010
“Writing in the Dark to Love: Using Your Pen as a Tool in Spiritual Companioning,” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, Vol. 15, No. 1, March, 2009
“Writing in the Dark: Mother Teresa’s Secret Gift,” Presbyterian Outlook, Vol. 190, No. 9, March 17, 2008
“Writing into Preaching, Teaching, and Soul Tending,” Sharing the Practice: International Quarterly of the Academy of Parish Clergy, Vo. 30, No. 4, 2007
“Writing Our Way Home in Preaching, Teaching, and Soul Tending,” Presbyterian Outlook, Vol. 189, No. 32, October 8, 2007
“Companioning Spiritual Orphans,” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, Vol. 11, No. 3, September 2005
“Three Crucial Issues of the 21st Century” Faith@Work, 118:1, 2005
“How Big Is Your Jesus?” Faith@Work, 117:1, 2004
“What Is Your First Love?” Leading from the Center, January 2002 (General Board of Discipleship, United Methodist Church, Nashville, TN)
“Weaving Contemplative Practices in Community,” Sharing the Practice, Academy of Parish Clergy, XIII:2, 2000
“A Model for a Men’s Group,” Faith@Work, 112:4, 1999
“Listening: Unity in Prayer and Action,” Sampriti: News Bulletin for Catholic Commission for Ecumenism (Barrackpore, India), II:1, 1999
“Using Howard Gardner’s ‘Multiple Intelligences’ In Spiritual Direction,” Presence: The Journal of Spiritual Directors International, 4:2, 1998

Memberships:
Presbyterian Church (USA) Denver Presbytery: Ordained Minister
Associate of Holy Cross (Episcopal) Monastery (West Park, NY)
Academy of Parish Clergy
Society of Biblical Literature
Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
Spiritual Directors International
Presbyterian Writers Guild
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Academy of American Poets
Chautauqua Literary Center

Awards/Honors:
What Would I Believe If I Didn’t Believe Anything? – Spirituality and Health: one of Best spiritual books for 2004
Active Spirituality – 10 Best books (Academy of Parish Clergy 1994)
Prize in New Testament (Princeton Theological Seminary)

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