A welcoming and energizing workshop that taps into the spiritual “spring of living water” welling up within us that Jesus promises to all who seek it (John 4:7 – 14).

    • Draw on a practice of freewriting developed in the Presbytery of Genesee Valley & at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
    • Write in response to prompts from Scripture
    • Pause after each five-minute burst of writing to re-read what is on the page & mark what we find to be the most lively portions
    • Share (as desired) with others



Rev. Dr. Pat Youngdahl, Ph.D., is the founder and lead writer at seriousjoy.org as well as a facilitator of groups on writing and spiritual practice. Ordained in the Chicago Presbytery in 1981, Pat has served Presbyterian congregations in Itasca, Ill.; Nashville, Tenn.; Green Bay, Wis.; and Rochester, N.Y. (Third Presbyterian and Downtown Presbyterian). While completing her doctorate at the University of Arizona, Tucson, she taught writing within diverse communities of students at the University of Arizona and at Pima Community College. For many years, she also deeply enjoyed teaching in the Doctor of Ministry program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.