Listening for God in a Noisy World.

With So many voices vying for our attention, how do you learn to listen to the voice of God?

Why Me? Why Now? Why Not? is a Young Adult Discernment Retreat running from December 15, 8:00 p.m. to December 17, 10:00 a.m. at Lutheranch, Tallapoosa, GA, in the Holy Trinity House

Matt O’Rear, Associate Dean at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque Iowa, will spend time sorting through some of the predominant voices competing for our attention – voices that stake a claim on who we should be, what we should value, and what makes us happy. We will spend time thinking about the voice of God which lays claim on their lives and how following that call might help them find a sense of purpose, meaning, and even joy.

Matthew D. O’Rear (Matt) serves as the Associate Dean for Vocation at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, one of the seven Seminaries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He works and journeys with people as they discern God’s call in their lives and introduces them to graduate theological education. He has a passion for helping people discover how they can serve as “public theologians” to the world in need.

Matt grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and studied philosophy and religious studies at Georgia State University, Atlanta, with additional work at the University of Georgia, Athens. He completed his graduate programs at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, with additional work at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Matthew enjoys craft beer, sacred music, and The West Wing (but not all at the same time). He is a member and regular preacher at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, New York, New York.


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