Jan’s Talks

Presentations

Here is a list of some of Jan’s popular presentations. Length can be adjusted to fit your needs. Zoom format is available. Interested in a talk not listed here? Contact Jan with your request.

New Life Through Personal Prayer

Personal prayer can transform our life, give us hope, and help us on our journey toward the fullness of life Jesus wants us to have. (John 10:10). This presentation looks at the richness and healing power of different types of personal prayer such as scripture meditation, music, journaling, and petition. It highlights the importance of finding types of prayer that fit our personality. Content is based on Jan’s book, Healing: Stories of Faith, Hope, and Love.

Seeking Christ Through Friendship

To have the fullness of life Jesus longs for us to have, we need friends to walk with us. We need companions to join us on our spiritual journey. This presentation focuses on sharing the spiritual aspect of our life with one or more friends—doable even during this isolating time of Covid. Content is based on Jan’s book, Seeking Christ Through Friendship.

How to Love Your Neighbor During Elections and Beyond

In today’s political climate, it can be hard to accept and respect someone whose opinions are the opposite of ours. This presentation prayerfully explores how to engage in challenging conversations with loving kindness. Content includes ideas for dealing with tribalism and non-listening. “O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.” (from “Prayer of St Francis”)

Healing Through the Sacraments

“The life-giving presence of Christ, the physician of souls and bodies, is particularly active through the sacraments.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1509). This presentation focuses on healing that can come to us through three of the Catholic Church’s sacraments: Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Anointing of the Sick. It examines the physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational benefits of each of them, plus how to participate fully and discover their healing graces.

Sharing Your Stories, Creating Your Legacy

“There are no ordinary stories. By stepping into the great gift of memory, we liberate ourselves.” (Ken Burns) Sharing stories—orally, visually and/or in writing—is a life-giving way to ponder our experiences while creating a legacy that future generations will cherish. This practical presentation offers ideas regarding two areas of our lives to pass on to others: our knowledge and our life stories. Jan’s story includes her book, Quests: Travel Stories of Seeking and Finding, a memoir about a six-month sojourn in Europe that changed the course of her life.

Christian Driving

Jesus and driving: Do they go together? For many people, sadly no. This challenging presentation has three goals: (1) To save at least one life; (2) to show how to unite faith with driving; (3) to bring Christ’s presence onto our highways. It describes syndromes that cause accidents, such the I-Can-Do-It-All Syndrome (i.e., multitasking). During time for faith sharing, participants are invited to reflect on their own driving. (Feedback from one participant: “I must admit that I think more about my driving now than I did before you came. Your presentation touched a serious topic with much humor.”)