Speaking

Listening, Introverts and Church, Christian Spirituality

Are you interested in having me speak at your conference, retreat, school, or church? Because I am a self-acknowledged introvert, some people assume I'm a train-wreck of a speaker, but in reality, I'm more of a fender-bender. There will be some damage, but you'll still be able to drive home afterwards. Actually, some have called me a "dynamic" speaker, but let's keep that under wraps, because introverts aren't supposed to be dynamic. I am passionate about Christian spirituality, contemplative forms of prayer, a leader's inner life, and listening to people in pain. I have a number of talks on introversion and church life and how to become a listening community.

A speaking recommendation:

"Adam McHugh shares a tremendous message about intentional listening and its vital significance. He is an engaging and insightful speaker. He speaks vulnerably and with grace. He uses humor and evokes compassion. Those who heard and met him recently at our annual fundraising event left impressed and challenged to consider the transformative and healing impact of good listening in our lives. We recommend him highly. His insights can inspire us all to be surprised by intentional listening's impact."
Michael Gingerich, M. Div. and Tom Kaden, M. Div. Co-founders, Someone To Tell It To


Wine and The Spirit

My newest passion is on the spirituality and history of wine. Do you know that the modern wine industry, whether in the old world or in California, owes its greatness to the monastic and missionary traditions of the past? People immersed in the scriptures and in the grand Christian tradition have placed wine at the center of their rituals and tables for millennia. In addition to being an ordained minister and spiritual director, I am also a sommelier and will be taking the Certified Specialist of Wine exam in the fall, through the Society of Wine Educators. Currently, I lead wine tours for Santa Barbara Coastal Concierge, and if you are interested in visiting Santa Barbara wine country, be sure to request me as your guide. Or I could tailor a wine retreat for your group; I even have access to a gorgeous house up on a hill in wine country.

I have led two "Wine and The Spirit" seminars at the Glen Workshop in Santa Fe and have a series of lectures and discussions on:

How To Taste Wine
Pairing Food and Wine
Wine and Christian Spirituality
Wine in the History of the Church    

These subjects, of course augmented with actual wine tasting, would be ideal for church retreats and conferences.

Email me for more information.


Adam's Speaking Highlights:

September 30, 2016 - Someone To Tell It To Banquet, Keynote Speaker.

August 2015 and 2016 - Wine and Food and Spirit, seminar at the Glen Workshop, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

January 2014 - World Vision International, Monrovia, California.

April 2013 - Ferment: Winemaking and the Creative Process, Hosted by Image Journal, Napa, California.

February 28, 2012 - Guest Chaplaincy, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington D.C. Aired on CSPAN.

April 2012 - Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California.

July 2011 - Laity Lodge, Leakey, Texas.

April 2011 - Glenkirk Church, Glendora, California.

October 2010 - Irvine Presbyterian Church, Irvine, California.

September 2010 - World Vision International, Monrovia, California.