Personal Update, workshops and consulting

I was sitting in a pew yesterday after thirty-seven years of parish ministry when the congregation sang this traditional Georgia Sea Island Spiritual …

Let your little light shine, shine, shine.
Let your little light shine, O my Lord.
There might be someone down in the valley tryin’ to get home.

People have asked what my plans are after my retirement.

My transition from bivocational parish and writing ministry will focus on my writing and encouraging other writers. I and co-author Maria Mankin are very excited about the late spring arrival from Pilgrim Press of A Child Laughs – Prayers of Hope and Justice, an anthology including the work of more than seventy-five contributors from around the world. In the fall there will be a new book of Advent and Christmas poetry, prayer and worship resources.

I am expanding my workshops on writing poetry, liturgy, memoir or fiction. I have experience with schools, senior settings, faith communities, correctional facilities, recovery and survivor groups, and English Language Learners. I offer both spiritual and secular single workshops, a series of events, or retreats.

In addition to group work I will have more time for my book mentor or book consultant practice. Over the years I’ve nudged, organized and edited many books — from memoir to cozy mystery. Some new writers need one solid session of bouncing ideas or setting a schedule, while others need ongoing editing or publishing suggestions. A website in development will share author testimonials.

If you are interested in my offering a workshop for your group or in my consulting services, please contact me: mctirabassi@gmail.com. Definitely continue to use giftsinopenhands@gmail.com for your submissions to the blog.

And remember, my friends, we are in a season that calls all of us to shine our lights.

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12 Responses to Personal Update, workshops and consulting

  1. Best wishes as your path takes a new turn, I ‘m sure you will find and polish many gems on the way.

  2. Maren says:

    Thanks, Rosalie. First I have this mountain of “retirement paperwork.”

  3. Andrea Stoeckel says:

    Bon chance Maren. May the God we all serve richly bless your next steps…and how did we get this old anyway😇😄

    • Maren says:

      Vintage? I earned these wrinkles and I bought the new knee, but I wouldn’t give up the days of building up stones and casting stones away for anything! Thank you.

  4. Dee says:

    So excited for you and with you! Best wishes and thank you for your presence, peace and inspiration. Sending gratitude and blessings for your “new chapters” — from the Treehouse. 🙂

  5. congratulations on your retirement, Maren and best wishes! Blessings, June

    On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 12:22 AM, Gifts in Open Hands wrote:

    > Maren posted: “I was sitting in a pew yesterday after thirty-seven years > of parish ministry when the congregation sang this traditional Georgia Sea > Island Spiritual … Let your little light shine, shine, shine. Let your > little light shine, O my Lord. There might be ” >

  6. Maren says:

    I’ll see you in California, June!

  7. Elaine Bolitho says:

    Blessings Maren in your creative retirement. Sounds good. And really, we writers never need to retire unless we want to.

    I look forward to your light shining through your blog posts and your books, even if NZ is a bit far away to benefit from your workshops.

    With love,

    Elaine Bolitho

  8. Gail Orlando says:

    Maren, I am looking forward to your new books! “A Child Laughs- Prayers of Hope and Justice. I think the laughter of a child is the best sound in the world! Can’t wait to read your Advent and Christmas Poetry book. I’m sorry that I never got to go to your class about the Christmas Carols.
    Thank you for continuing your blog! Gail O

  9. Maren says:

    Thanks so much, Gail. There is lots of wonderful children’s laughter in your life. Enjoy it!

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