A New Year Newsletter

“All shall be well, All shall be well, and All manner of things shall be well.” – Julian of Norwich
 
Blessings on this New Year’s Day. We enter a new year with new possibilities for growth and emergence. This is also a time of looking back. Many of us practice reflection or maybe a year end examen to unpack and make meaning of the year we leave behind. Looking for places to invite God into our lives and looking for places God is inviting us. May this time grant the inner stillness and insight to say yes to God’s invitations. 

The events of this year allowed us to fully embrace our meditative practices of silence, stillness, and time spent in contemplation. Never did we imagine how important our work would be than when we needed transformed ways of connecting with our spiritual community. We learned a lot this year from the work of Brené Brown, Julian of Norwich, Mirabai Starr, Richard Rohr, Henri Nouwen, and Peter Traben Haas.

Contemplate Lincoln finished 2020 blessed by an invitation to serve our neighbors through a project called Care Packages for the Quarantined. Along with support from Westminster Presbyterian Church and J-Tech Construction we delivered care packages, including vitamins and 7 days of groceries, to 150 quarantined households in Lincoln, which included over 550 people. This was made possible by donations from the community and our use of PPP grant funds, which we were happy to use to help keep people at home when facing food insecurity. 

We look forward to being part of your journey in 2021. Watch for more events and updates to our all-Zoom event schedule as the year progresses. 
Lenten Contemplative Conversations
Join us for this 6-week virtual Lenten Study of contemplation and compassion. Groups forming now to begin the week of Ash Wednesday (Feb 17th). 
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Hidden Wholeness By Parker Palmer 11 Week Online Book Study
A Hidden Wholeness: the Journey toward an Undivided Life by Parker Palmer. In this book Parker Palmer, author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality, and social change, brings together these themes in an invitation for “soul work”. Join us in the “journey toward an undivided life”– a group exploration of “What am I all about and what do I think about that?” Led by Lorene Ludy, who is on this journey as a Quaker, mystic, Benedictine Oblate, spiritual director, Kundalini yoga teacher, and knows that we don’t do it by ourselves.
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All events are on Zoom!
Links: 

Noon-hour silent prayer Weekdays 12:15pm-1:00pm: https://zoom.us/j/735301950
A 20-minute silent prayer sit with opening prayer and closing reading. No experience necessary. 
Lectio Divina Mondays 9:30am: Register via this link on zoom
Pray the scriptures. We read a passage 4 times with short silences followed by discussion.
Contemplative Movement Fridays 5:30pm-6:30pm: https://zoom.us/j/386874404
A fun, playful, and contemplative whole body experience.
House Church Sunday’s 4pm-5pm: https://zoom.us/j/993530287
Worship, conversation, and contemplation. A house church style church service with Eucharist. 
Contemplative Conversation Sundays at 2:30 PM (The Work of the People Short Films) Register via this link on zoom
We watch films with today’s influential theologians and contemplatives gaining wisdom and finishing with a time of sharing.