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Dr. Christina R. Zaker is the Director of Field Education and teaches in the Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry department at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. As a practical theologian, she focuses on theological reflection as it intersects with justice and family spirituality. Her work as the director of field education draws from her many years in ministry on college campuses, in parishes and as the Executive Director of Amate House, the young adult volunteer program for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Christina received her Master’s degree from the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago and her Doctorate in Ministry from Catholic Theological Union. She is a frequent speaker and retreat director, has written numerous articles in both scholarly journals and mainstream magazines and has recently published her book, Surprised by God: Teaching Reflection through the Parables (Rowman & Littlefield 2020).

Christina lives with her husband, Christopher, and their four children in Chicago.

2020 Publications include:

Surprised by God: Teaching Reflection through the Parables (Rowman & Littlefield 2020). https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538143902/Surprised-by-God-Teaching-Reflection-through-the-Parables

“Catholic Theological Education at the Margins” in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, 40, no. 1 (2020): 130-142. also:  https://journals.sfu.ca/rpfs/index.php/rpfs/article/view/739/695

“Excellence in Supervision: Training Site Supervisor Mentors” with Tanya Lynn Bennet, Thomas Elliot and Tamara Wilden in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, 40, no. 1 (2020): 174-183. also:  https://journals.sfu.ca/rpfs/index.php/rpfs/article/view/749/701

Media:

Finding Hope In Family During COVID-19. People of Hope Series - Bernardin Center May 12, 2020 https://learn.ctu.edu/a-people-of-hope-finding-hope-in-family-during-covid-19/

Sunday Scripture Reflections – Learn@CTU – Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 9, 2020.https://learn.ctu.edu/thirty-third-sunday-in-ordinary-time-2/

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January 31, 2021

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Life is messy, yet that is exactly what we need: to be engaged in the stuff of this world - the sights, the tastes, the smells - distracted by all of it, because all of it is God!
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