This NEW journal from the Young Clergy Initiative offers over 80 unique, thought provoking exercises will help you sketch, pray, color, sing, scribble, study, ponder, observe, question, dream, and uncover what your purpose might be. Written and compiled by Dale Carl Fredrickson.

This journal is space to help you LISTEN to what God and others are saying, DISCERN the meaning of what you’re hearing, and RESPOND well with faithful next steps to what you’re discovered.


God does not know how to be absent. The fact that most of us experience throughout most of our lives a sense of absence of distance from God is the great illusion that we are caught up in. – Martin Laird

When have you felt close to God? Describe where you were and what you felt.


The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.- Isaiah 58:11

For one week, read this psalm over and over again for 15 minutes and then write down what speaks to you each day.


What do you see in the way of generative relationships, of new openings and surprising connections, in your communities. – Ruby Sales

What relationships give you life? Why do you think those relationships give you life?What can you do to strengthen those life-breathing relationships?

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This edition of the journal is available for $10 plus shipping.