July Newsletter

Resurgent Summer
July is here and despite a difficult year plus, so are we. Entering into the peak of summer, enter into our new normals as we experience the relief of the fading pandemic but also the uncertainty of schedules ramping up and of new choices to be made. In the midst of this period of emergence, resurgence, and change remember to take time to pause, reflect, and ground. Allow some spaciousness to inform your choices. One of the lessons of contemplation is in order to listen we must first be silent. Spend some time doing nothing, connecting to creation, and connecting with others.    

I am thankful for the opportunities of spaciousness and connection during June. The first, pictured above, was a wonderful trip to Gracie Creek and the Calamus River in the majestic Sandhills. The second, was our solstice celebration at Spring Creek Prairie. So thankful for the help of Joselyn Luedtke, Ken Winston, and Marcia Claesson putting together such a magical night. Stay tuned for another trip out to the prairie in August. 

Beginning next week (July 12th) we will be trying something new, moving our daily contemplative prayer practice time from the noon-hour to 9:15am Monday-Thursdays. Check out our new schedule below and stay tuned for more opportunities coming in August. 
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: https://zoom.us/j/386874404
A fun, playful, and contemplative whole body experience. Beginning in August, Contemplative Movement will also be back live, in-person at 135 N. 31st street!

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. 
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