CURRICULUM VITAE


Elizabeth Liebert, Ph.D
San Francisco Theological Seminary
105 Seminary Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960-2905
Tel: (415) 451-2880
E-mail: eliebert@sfts.edu

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EDUCATION
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1986

Ph.D.   Religion and Personality, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

1983

M.A.    Religion and Personality, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

1975

M.A.    Religious Studies, Gonzaga University Spokane, WA.

1968

B.A.     Chemistry, Fort Wright College, Spokane, WA.

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
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2009-13   

Dean of the Seminary and Vice President for Academic Affairs

1993-

Professor of Spiritual Life, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA.

1987- 2001, 2013-

Director of the Program in Christian Spirituality, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA.

1990-

Core Doctoral Faculty, Graduate Theological Union. Berkeley, CA. Convener, Christian Spirituality, 1995-97, 2005-2007

1987-93

Associate Professor of Spiritual Life, Director of Program in Christian Spirituality, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA.

1982-87

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care, St. Thomas Theological Seminary, Denver, CO.

1985-87

Department Chair, Pastoral Theology, St. Thomas Theological Seminary, Denver, CO.

1982-87

Director, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (from 1982-85, Master of Arts in Pastoral Care), St. Thomas Theological Seminary, Denver, CO.

1981

Teaching Assistant: Theological Foundations of Pastoral Care; Sexuality and Pastoral Practice. Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN.

1981-82

Supervisor: Field Education. Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN.

1980-81

Supervisor: Theological Foundations of Pastoral Care.

1975-79

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Fort Wright College, Spokane, WA.

1977-79

Director, Christian Ministries Graduate Program, Fort Wright College, Spokane, WA.

PASTORAL EXPERIENCE
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2004-

St. Anselm Parish, Special Minister of Holy Communion

1984-87

Christ the King Parish, Denver, CO, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Spiritual Director; Lector, Eucharistic Minister.

1981-83

Holy Name Parish, Nashville, TN, Co-Director, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, teacher or co-teacher of various adult education programs, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, counseling and spiritual direction.

1975-79

Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Consultation and numerous short courses of one to twelve sessions for individual parishes, the Catholic Diocese Catechist Training and Permanent Deacon Training Programs.

1968-75

St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane, WA, Junior High School Teacher, with specialization in Mathematics, Science and Religion.  Washington State Standard Certificate #159507C.

1976-79

Sisters of the Holy Names, Province of Washington, Formation Team.

1977- 

Individual clients for counseling, spiritual direction and/or supervision of spiritual direction.

PUBLICATIONS
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Books

The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2008).

Exploring Christian Spirituality: Essays in Honor of Sandra M. Schneiders
(Co-edited with Bruce Lescher) New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2006.

The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women (Co-authored with Mary Garvin and Katherine Dyckman). New York: Paulist Press, 2001.

A Retreat With The Psalms: Resources for Personal and Communal Prayer
(Co-authored with John Endres). New York: Paulist Press, 2001.

Changing Life Patterns: Adult Development in Spiritual Direction, Expanded Edition. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2001.

Changing Life Patterns: Adult Development in Spiritual Direction Paulist Press, 1992.

“The Process of Change in Spiritual Direction: A Structural-Developmental Perspective.” Ph.D. dissertation, Vanderbilt University, 1986.  Committee Chair: Peggy Way. University Microfilms #87-03882.


Chapters and Essays
"The Spiritual Life with the Help of Favorite Poets," essay in The Spiritual Life, edited by Allan Cole. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2011, pp. 77-86.

“Ignatius of Loyola, the Spiritual Exercises” Chapter in Christian Spirituality: The Classics, ed Arthur Holder, pp. 197-208. Oxford: Routledge, 2009.
 
“Discernment for Our Times: A Practice with Postmodern Implications,” Studies in Spirituality 18 (2008): 333-355.
 
“Spiritual Formation as Integrative Practice” Religious Studies News 24:14 (March 2007), ix. Spotlight Issue on Theological Education, “Forming the Theological Imagination: Strategies of Integration in Theological Education.”

"Practice," Chapter in Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality, ed. Arthur Holder, pp. 496-514. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.

"Supervision as Widening the Horizons." Chapter in Supervision of Spiritual Direction: Engaging in Holy Mystery, ed. Mary Rose Bumpus and Rebecca Langer, pp. 123-148. Harrisburg: Morehouse, 2005.

"Limits of Adaptability: The Eighteenth Annotation in Developmental Perspective," The Way, Special Number 2003: Psychology and Ignatian Spirituality, (July 2003):107-123.

"Discernment and Strategic Decision Making" with André Delbecq, John Mostyn, Paul Nutt and Gordan Walter. (http://business.scu.edu/isol/discernment.pdf) Also published as "Discernment and Strategic Decision-Making: Reflections for a Spirituality of Organizational Leadership" in Spiritual Intelligence at Work: Meaning,, Metaphor, and Morals, ed. Moses L. Pava. Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, Vol. 5, pp.139-174. New York and London: Elsevier, Ltd., 2004.

"Perspectives on the Ministry of Spiritual Direction: One Person's View," New Theology Review, 16, 1 (February 2003): 44-56.

"The Role of Practice in the Study of Christian Spirituality," Spiritus 2 (spring 2002): 30-49. Reprinted in Minding the Spirit, ed. Elizabeth Dreyer and Mark Burrows, pp. 79-99. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

"Discernment: The Art of Finding God's Call in Everyday Life," Hungryhearts 9 (Summer 2002), 8. Reprinted in Lord Teaches to Pray: A Guide to Prayer. Louisville: Office in Spiritual Formation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), n.d., "Seeking the Will of God," 22.

Seasons and Stages: Models and Metaphors of Human Development.” Chapter in In Her Own Time: Women and Developmental Issues in Pastoral Care, ed. Jeanne Stevenson Moessner, 19-41. Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2000.

“Biblical Prayer for Preachers (And Other Christians).” Chapter in The Hidden Spirit: Discovering the Spirituality of Institutions ed. James F. Cobble and Charles M. Elliot, pp. 44-51. Matthews, NC: Christian Ministry Resources, 1999.

Linking Faith and Justice: Remarks on the Occasion of Installation,” Christian Spirituality Bulletin, 5 (spring 1997): 19-21 and Pastoral Psychology, 46 (January 1998): 207-212.

 “Accompaniment in Ministry: Supervision as Spiritual Formation,” Journal of Supervision in Training in Ministry, 18 (1997): 20-31.

Coming Home to Themselves: Women’s Spiritual Care,” Chapter in Through the Eyes of Women: Insights for Pastoral Care. ed. Jeanne Stevenson Moessner, pp. 257-289. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996.

“The Spirituality of the Teacher,” (Co-authored with Andrew Dreitcer) The Way Supplement 84 (1995): 38-46.

“The Thinking Heart: Developmental Dynamics in Etty Hillesum’s Diaries,” Pastoral Psychology 43 (July 1995): 393-409.

“The Eighteenth Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises: A Developmental Perspective” and “Contemporary Adaptations of the Eighteenth Annotation,” in A Symposium: Ignatian Spirituality: Summary of Proceedings, Guelph Ontario, Loyola House, 1994: 12-31 and 102-113.

Spiritual Formation in a Reformed Context,” Justice and Spirituality: The First Consultation on Practical Theology, Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Studies in Korea, 1992: 88-104.

 “Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Seekers: Establishing a Personal Spiritual Discipline” Pacific Theological Review 23 (fall 1989/spring 1990): 5-19.

“Ignatian Spirituality.” Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Abingdon, 1990.

“Eyes to See and Ears to Hear: Identifying Religious Experience in Pastoral Spiritual Guidance,” Pastoral Psychology 37 (summer 1989): 297-310.

“The Critical Years: A Response,” Horizons 14 (fall 1987): 343-363.

 “That You May Believe: The Fourth Gospel and Structural Developmental Theory,” Biblical Theology Bulletin 14 (April 1984): 67-73.

“Religious Community as Healing Community,” Review For Religious 40 (March 1981): 210-218.

Recent Book Reviews
Review of Douglas Burton-Christie, The Word in the Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Early Christian Monasticism, in Spiritus, forthcoming.
Review of Roger Haight, Christian Spirituality for Seekers: Reflections on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, in Spiritus, forthcoming.

Review of Susan Philips, Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry 29 (spring 2009), 294-95.

Review of Ignatius of Loyola: Letters to Women, ed. Hugo Rahner, in Horizons: Journal of the College Theology Society 35 (2) (Fall 2008): 409-10.

Review of Peter Feldmeier, The Developing Christian: Spiritual Growth Through the Life Cycle in Horizons: Journal of the College Theology Society, 34, 2 ( December 2007): 394.

Review of Israel Galindo, The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics, in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry 27 (spring 2007): 279-81.

Review of Philip Sheldrake, Spaces for the Sacred: Place, Memory and Identity, in Theological Studies, 65, 2 (June 2004): 441.

Review of Jerome Nadal, Annotations and Meditations on the Gospels, Vol. I: The Infancy Narratives, in The Way 43,3 (July 2004): 117-122
RECENT COMMUNITY SERVICE, ADULT EDUCATION, LECTURES
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2013

“Benedictine and Ignatian Views of Discernment in Conversation,” Faculty Conversation, Benedictine Institute, St. John’s University, December 9.

2013

“Discerning the Way,” Workshop/Retreat, Collegeville Institute and School of Theology, St. John’s University, November 8.

2013-

Membership Task Force, Sisters of the Holy Names

2013

Social Discernment, Collegeville Institute Resident Scholars Seminar, October 1

2011

Panelist, “Spiritual Formation—Rigorous, Transformative, Integrated: What Does It Look Like and How Do We Get There?” Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, November

2011

Presenter: Three Lectures: “Discernment: Biblical and Historical Foundations”; Holy Desire and Attachment to God above All Else”; “A Discernment Practice: Awareness Examen” for Hanshin Church Theological Symposium, Oak Valley, Korea, June 13-16.

2011

Presenter: “Lectio Divina: Passion Week” CityChurch San Francisco, April 17.

2011

Workshop Presenter: “Psalms of Thanksgiving: Praying Singing, Writing” T. V. Moore Lecture Series, SFTS, April 7.

2011

Presenter, “Rules for Thinking with the Church,” for the course Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality, Jesuit School of Theology, April 6.

2009

Presenter, Presbyterian Women, First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo, November 14.

2009

Convocation speaker: San Francisco Theological Seminary, Southern California, September 19.

2009

Co-presenter, Retreat with the Psalms. Santa Cruz, CA, July 15-22.

2009

“The Way of Discernment: The Process of Making Faithful Decisions,” Retreat, Presbytery of St. Augustine, June 4-6.

2009

Consultation, Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL., June 7.

2009

“Discernment: The Art of Hearing and Responding to God’s Call,” Omaha Seminary Foundation, Daniel Nelson Lectures, Omaha NE., May 11-12.

2009

“Spiritual Exercises for 21st Century Women,” Lectures, Four Hundredth Anniversary of the founding of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dublin, Ireland, April 25.

2009

Co-presenter, “Renewing and Sharing the Legacy of Marie Rose Durocher,” Santa Cruz, CA., Mar 23-28

2009

Presenter, 72 Hours (Prospective Student Weekend) San Francisco Theological Seminary, February.

2008-11

Co-chair, Christian Spirituality Group, American Academy of Religion

2008

"Spiritual Practices for Decision Making," Adult Education and Sermon for First Presbyterian Church, San Bernadino, CA, August 24.

2008

"Adaptations of the Spritual Exercises for Women," English-Speaking European Tertianship (Jesuit), Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, Dublin, April 11.

2008

"Thinking Developmentally as an Educator," Faculty Colloquium, Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, March 4.

2008

Two lectures for HDCS41, "Adult Developmental Theories," and "Theories of Developmental Change." February.

2008

Six lectures for HDCS12/ MCS12, "Role of Practice in the Study of Christian Spirituality," Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, January-February.

2008

Ignatian Discernment" An Croi Centre of Spirituality, Ashbourne, Co Meath, Ireland, January .

2008-

Member, Spiritual Directors Network Steering Committee, Sisters of the Holy Names.

2007

"Prayer of Examen," Presentation to SFTS Alumni, April 20

2007

Mission Trip, New Orleans, March 25-31

2007

"Discernment, the Art of Finding God's Call in Daily Life," Presentation to prospective students, SFTS, February 16

2007

Preacher, SFTS Chapel Service

2006-10

Editorial Board Member, Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry

2006

Guest speaker, GS1/212 Spirituality, Authenticity and Method, Milltown Institute, Dublin, March 30

2006

“What is distinctive about the study of Christian Spirituality?” Colloquium for faculty and Doctoral Students, Milltown Institute, Dublin, March 29.

2006

“An Ignatian Way of Relating” and “The Spiritual Director’s Role in Discernment,” Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, Dublin: March 28

2006

Review of Joyce Mercer’s Welcoming Children: A Practical Theology of Childhood, SFTS, February 6.

2005

Guest lecture, CE 2523 Ethics and Spirituality, GTU, May 9.

2005

Guest lecture, RALS2775 Hymns and Liturgies, SFTS, April 8.

2005

Panel presentation for The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflection, by James Noel, SFTS April 5.

2005

Interview: "Ignatian Spirituality" and "Speaking Ignatian," DVD for high school curriculum, edited by Paul Handley. San Francisco St. Ignatius Preparatory School, February 22.

2005

Speaker, Fireside Chat SFTS, February 10.

2005

Consultant to the Special Commission, San Francisco Presbytery, January 31 and February 10.

2004

Preacher in Seminary Chapel Service, November 1.

2004

Discernment Retreat, Sisters of the Holy Names Novitiate, September 17-19.

2004

"Ignatian Spirituality for the 21st Century," Keynote address, New England Province of the Society of Jesus, Boston, June 11.

2004

"Doorways to Discernment: an Interactive Approach," Spiritual Directors' Colloquium, Weber Center, Adrian MI, March 7-9.

2003

"Dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises for Spiritual Directors," Institute of Spirituality, Dominican Center, Grand Rapids, MI., October 24-25.

2003-06

Member, Interprovince Membership Standing Committee Sisters of the Holy Names.

2003-05

Member, Planning Committee for Spirituality Formation in Seminaries, PC(USA).

2003

"The Art of Discernment: A Retreat" First Presbyterian Church, San Bernadino, CA, March 21-22.

2003

Spiritual Life Minister's Workshop, Sisters of the Holy Names, Santa Cruz, CA, March 10-22.

2003

"Women's Perspectives on the Spiritual Exercises," Ignatian Spirituality Series, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, Feb.19.

2002

"Sabbath for Congregations," with Elizabeth Nordquist. Three plenary addresses for the Western National Leadership Training, Jackson, WY, November.

2002

"Praying with Icons," Workshop for Western National Leadership Training, Jackson, WY, November.

2002

"Ignatian Ministry of Conversation," Keynote addressfor Identity and Mission Day, Fairfield University, Fairfield CT, August 22.

2001-03

Advisory Board, Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project. SFTS.

2001

"Praying the Psalms," co-led with John Endres, St. Ignatius Parish, San Francisco, September-October.

2001, 04

Volunteer, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, Casa Asis (orphanage), San Jorge, Nicaragua, May.

2000-01

Bridging the Gap: Spirituality and Business Foundational Project Seminar Project, Institute for Spirituality and Organizational Leadership, Santa Clara University. April 2000, March 2001.

2000-01

President, Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

2000

“We Are All Guests,” Essays for The Fountain, 2, (2), April 2000. Chung Dong United Methodist Church, Seoul, Korea.

2000

“Becoming a Discerning Person,” Seminar for Oasis 2000, Conference on Reformed Spirituality. Atlanta Feb. 28 - Mar. 2.

1999-00

Vice President and Chair of Nominating Committee, Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

1999

“Discerning God’s Will,” course for Columbia Seminary’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Atlanta, October 24-29.

1999

Participant, Psalms and Practice Conference, Austin Theological Seminary. May.

1999

Faculty-Student Colloquium on A Retreat with the Psalms, with John Endres. Graduate Theological Union, April.

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS
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2014

Visiting Scholar, Holy Names University, February.

2013

Resident Scholar, Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Fall.

2011

ATS Women in Leadership Conference, Pittsburgh, October.

2011-13

Wabash Dean’s Colloquy, Crawfordsville, IN, June 2011, Corpus Christi, TX. March, 2012, and San Francisco Theological Seminary, April, 2013.

2009,
2012

Newhall Teaching Fellowship (with Daeseop Yi)

2009

Newhall Teaching Fellowship (with Elizabeth Ford)

2008

Joseph Veale Chair in Christian Spirituality, Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland.

2007

Newhall Teaching Fellowship (with Kang Hack Lee)

2001

Newhall Teaching Fellowship (with Nancy Wiens and Robert Russell.)

1989

Association for Theological Schools, Younger Scholars Research Grant.

1979

Newhall Teaching Fellowship (with Andrew Dreitcer)

1979

Kenneth Willis Clark Student Essay Award, Society of Biblical Literature Southeast Region

1979-82

University Tuition Scholarship.

1968-72

National Science Foundation Tuition Grant

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
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1980-

American Academy of Religion

1985-

Catholic Theological Society of America

1985-

Society for Pastoral Theology

1992-

Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality

1992-

Spiritual Directors International

REFERENCES
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Available by request.

November, 2013