May Newsletter

“Liminal space, the place of waiting, is a unique spiritual position where human beings hate to be but where the Biblical God is always leading them… All transformation takes place here. The threshold is God’s waiting room. Here we are taught openness and patience as we come to expect an appointment with the divine Doctor.”  Richard Rohr

As we enter May the world finds itself in a collective liminal space. Though we all share in this particular liminal space together we all experience it differently. We have different uncertainties, decision points, obstacles, obligations, anxieties, griefs, and fears. We have different support and belief structures to aid us in this time. So be kind. Regardless of where you are spiritually, physically, or emotionally know that you are not alone. God is always with you, the Holy Spirit is always in you, and God’s love is always surrounding us. Know that you are loved. As we move into a new normal with some returning to work, others staying home, and many unsure, remember to show grace to yourself, grace to your neighbor, and grace to strangers. Intentionally be easy on yourself, be kind to yourself, and show love to yourself. Then let it flow out from there. 

Contemplate Lincoln’s physical location will remain closed for the month of May. But we are still here for you. Connect in spiritual community through any of our virtual offerings this month. Once some of us can gather again in person we will continue to have virtual groups for those of us who will continue to practice physical distancing.

May 1 marks that start of Give to Lincoln which runs through May 28th. More than 98% of our operational budget comes from individual donations like yours. Consider donating and supporting Contemplate Lincoln. Link at the bottom of the page. 

May Happenings
Contemplative Conversations
Join us for a time of conversation centered around short videos from the project “The Work Of The People”. A collection of short films (5-10 mins) with insights from some of today’s most influential theologians and spiritual teachers. We will watch these films together followed by conversation. Teachers include: Richard Rohr, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Walter Brueggemann, Brene Brown, Barbara Brown Taylor, Barbara Holmes, and many others. Forming groups now register below.  
Register Wednesdays 1:30 pm Beginning May 6th
Register Sundays 2:30pm Beginning May 10th

Book Study
The results are in and the survey showed the most interest in Richard Rohr’s forthcoming book The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder. A book very fitting for the time. The book has a tentative release date of May 1 (my copy hasn’t shipped) and has been released on kindle. We are looking at a few different times for groups so please express your interest for this 6 week study and your availability below. RSVP >>

Lectio Divina Mondays 4pm
Join us to pray the scriptures. Pastor John Duling leads this ancient contemplative practice of reading scripture multiple times with periods of silent reflection. Open up the scriptures in a new way allowing them to speak into your life.  Zoom Link >>

Contemplative Movement Fridays 5:30pm
Move, breath, and contemplate from the comfort of your living room. Every Friday at 5:30.Zoom Link >>

House Church Sundays 4pm
Join us via Zoom for this special heart centered series on Jesus’ New Commandment “Love one another”. We gather as our Christian spiritual ancestors did. In our houses, with hearts wide open to learn, share, support, worship, pray, and contemplate. We will begin at the table with some of us eating dinner, others snacking or having a beverage followed by Communion. Then we will move into contemplation, discussion, and worship.
What you will “need” (All Optional):
Dinner, snack, coffee, or tea
Elements for communion
A candle
A rock or a prayer cross
Zoom Link >>