While rooted in the Anglican tradition, Father Goodrich teaches from an ecumenical perspective and works with groups from a variety of traditions and denominations.
Father Goodrich is a popular preacher and is available to preach at a limited number of weekend services per year. He can preach on assigned texts or address a special topic.
Similar to above, but often in smaller venues, Father Goodrich has greater availability to preach at mid-week services or special events.
Father Goodrich is available to teach in a wide range of settings and for various groups. This has included retreats, quiet days, conferences, Vestry/Council/Board gatherings, church staff gatherings, women’s groups, youth and young adult groups, community groups, classrooms, parish anniversary celebrations, and more.
Requesting groups sometimes have a particular topic in mind when inviting Father Goodrich. Below are some examples of topics. Please inquire regarding others.
Monasticism for Everybody
Monasticism isn’t just for monks. For a long time, especially in the last few decades, women and men (lay and clergy) of many denominations and backgrounds have found their faith strengthened by learning from the monastic tradition. Discover how monastic practices can strengthen your faith and practice of spirituality.
Saints and Mystics
More than stained glass windows, the great saints and mystics of Church history provide inspiration, insight, and lessons about faithful and full living. Hardly a group of docile goody-to-shoes, these women and men were a motley group. Be challenged, comforted, and inspired by the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us.
Variations: English Saints and Mystics, Dominican Saints and Mystics, Celtic Saints and Mystics, Walter Hilton, Julian of Norwich, Dominic de Guzman, Catherine of Siena, Patrick of Ireland, Kevin of Glendalough, Bridget of Kildare, Introduction to English Spiritualty, Introduction to Dominican Spirituality, Introduction to Celtic Spirituality, Introduction to Christian Spirituality
The Disciple’s Gym
For centuries Christians have engaged in certain spiritual exercises to improve their spiritual fitness. This fitness has allowed them to experience God more deeply, live more fully, and be of service to others more readily. Break some spiritual sweat and take your faith to the next level.
Prayer: The Next Step
For some, prayer is as natural as breathing. For others, prayer takes effort; for others still, prayer doesn’t make much sense. Find ways of praying that fit who you are, whether prayer is a new practice or something you’ve been doing for a long time. Learn that prayer is always possible.
Variations: Learning to Pray, Introduction to Prayer
Living the Christian Year
Often reduced to color coding for the Sunday hangings, the seasons of the Church are rich in themes that touch upon every phase and facet of life. The seasons are associated with many vibrant customs and traditions that can be observed in the home and work, weaving faith into the ordinary stuff of your life.
Variations: Spirituality of the Liturgical Year, Spirituality of Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Eastertide, Ordinary Time
Christianity and the Supernatural
The supernatural is all over our popular media and singing through the pages of classical literature. What is Christianity’s perspective on the supernatural? Is it fact or fiction? Explore classical perspective on angels, the occult, demons, and miracles. Believers and doubters will both be challenged and mutually enriched.
The Spirituality of Animals
Those who love animals are on to something. The stories of Holy Scripture and the Saints give us hints of God’s desire for us. God’s story isn’t only about people; it’s also about animals and all of creation. Learn how your relationship with animals can nurture your relationship with God.
Hurt, betrayal, resentment, and a laundry list of other negatives dirties all of our washes from time to time. Forgiveness is central to Christian belief and relevant to every person whose ever lived. Learn to forgive yourself, others, and how God figures into the whole mix. It’s time.
Developing a Spiritually Vibrant Church
How can your church be a community where people’s lives are impacted by their experience of God? How can your church be a place where people say, “I met God here and my life was changed”? It doesn’t require flashing lights or big. It requires tapping into the Spirit and a little intentionality. Learn how.
Evangelism without the Baseball Bat
The “e” word is sometimes shunned. No need, there are ways to share faith that don’t involve forceful tactics or bait and switch surprises. Evangelism has been part of just about every movement of spiritual renewal in the history of the Church. Your church can do this, you can do this. Explore how and first steps.
Stand up for Jesus
This is more of an approach than a seminar topic. Father Goodrich will encourage your group or gathering toward some good end, but will communicate the message in a preacher’s version of stand-up comedy. Yes, there will be some laughing. Yes, there will be some groaning, but sometimes a little laughter can go a long way. This approach can work well for dinners, celebrations, as well as other venues.
Father Goodrich offers spiritual counsel to all who inquire.
Seriously Spiritual, Frequently Funny, Because Laughter is Good for the Soul