January Newsletter

A New Year’s Update
We have arrived to 2022. A new year with new intentions, opportunities, blessings, and obstacles. We have had an intense couple of years and for many of us surviving has been enough. Virtually every aspect of life has been changed or altered in this new reality. Much has changed at Contemplate Lincoln as we transitioned all events to virtual meetings, moved from an emphasis on retreats/workshops to intimate small group meetings. Holding space to gather, grow, and journey together.

Our contemplative conversation book groups, circle of trust, equinox & solstice celebrations at the prairie, holiday liturgies, and Care Packages for the Quarantined have been highlights of this year (and life giving for me!). Thank you for all who have attended and supported these activities. We depend on your presence, participation, and financial support to bring life to these events. 

As the pandemic marches on in the form of new variants we must consider what Contemplate Lincoln will look like in the future. We have also grown, matured, and transformed over the course of our first 3 years. We must now ask new questions and lean into Spirit’s call for us. After such a period of pandemic-led transition I have begun to sense a spirit led emergence. What this will look like I do not know. God always surprises. Over the month of January leadership at Contemplate Lincoln will be exploring this call. While much of what we love about Contemplate Lincoln will stay the same as we look to deepen communication, gift sharing, and community. So stay tuned for some big announcements next month.

In the course of this discernment we invite active participants at Contemplate Lincoln to participate at a deeper level in our community. If you would be interested in being a part of these conversations by participating in an advisory board or sharing your gifts of leadership, writing, or teaching with our community please email me at adam@contemplatelincoln.org. And/or contribute by completing the brief survey below. Blessings, Adam 
Community Survey
A Hidden Wholeness. Tuesdays at 11:00am. Begins on January 11th.  
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 on the “journey toward an undivided life”– a group exploration of “What am I all about and what do I think about that?” Purchase the Book Prior to Study. After the study participants are invited to join an ongoing group that practices the spiritual technologies describe in the book. 
Register
 House Church: We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren
Join us on our year long journey at our online House Church through Brian McLaren’s “We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation” This study follows the church calendar with an insightful unpacking of scripture along the way. Join us for contemplation, communion, conversation, and worship. Register to receive the link to join us on zoom.
All events are on Zoom!
Links: 

Lectio Divina Mondays 9:15am: Register via this link on zoom
Pray the scriptures. We read a passage 4 times with short silences followed by discussion.

Centering Prayer Tuesdays 9:15am: Register via this link on zoom. Simple contemplative prayer in which we consent to the transformative power of God in lives.

Contemplative Wespace Wednesday 9:15am: Register via this link on zoom. A whole body meditation awakening us to our deep connection to each other, physical reality, and each other. Our time also includes a brief check-in. 

BioSpiritual Focusing Thursdays 9:15am: Register via this link on zoom. A practice that provides a way to bring the body’s sense for grace and God into everyday awareness, helping you to become more fully present to yourself, others and to God. 

Contemplative Movement Fridays 5:30pm-6:30pm: Register via this link on zoom. A contemplative whole body experience for every body. 

House Church Sunday’s 4pm-5pm: Register via this link on zoom. 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 & Other Lectures and Talks) Register via this link on zoomWe watch films with today’s influential theologians and contemplatives gaining wisdom and finishing with a time of sharing. 
Support CL While You Shop
Help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you. Simply follow the instructions below to select “Transformative Life Inc” (Contemplate Lincoln) as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “Transformative Life Inc” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app