Paul Sheldon to Speak Oct. 15 at Christus Lecture

Mon, 09/28/2009 (All day)

Sept. 28, 2009

Mobile, Ala. – Mobilian Paul Sheldon will present “Spirituality of The Twelve Steps: Recovery & the Thirst for God” at the monthly lecture of the Christus Theological Institute. The lecture is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 in Byrne Memorial Hall on the Spring Hill College campus.

Sheldon earned degrees from both Spring Hill College and the University of South Alabama. Prior to a long career in investment banking, he served in both the U.S. Army and Air Force Reserves. After retiring from banking in 1990, he was ordained a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church. Paul has served in numerous civic, church and charitable organizations, and for the last 25 years has dedicated himself to giving retreats, seminars and spiritual guidance to people in recovery, including a Sunday service at Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation centers, currently at The Shoulders in Daphne. He is the 2009 recipient of the Watson Guy Award, honoring those who work in the field of addiction presented by the Drug Education Council, a United Way agency.

His lecture “Spirituality of The Twelve Steps: Recovery & the Thirst for God” will emphasize the role that spirituality plays as a part of the recovery process for those suffering from addiction. As devastating as addiction and alcoholism are, Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) suggests that addiction itself is but a symptom of underlying struggles experienced by every human being, struggles which are fundamentally spiritual in nature and might be described as: “the blackness of fear, self-hatred, loneliness, and self-centeredness.” A.A.’s solution is not “self-help” – rather it is the classic spiritual challenge to “Let go and let God.” 

Christus Theological Institute, housed at Spring Hill College, was formed in 1989 and offers a unique opportunity for grass-roots ecumenism among Christians and churches of the Mobile Bay area.