November Newsletter


“Being” Grateful

“Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, and praising God until we ourselves are an act of praise.”  Richard Rohr

I love this quote by Father Richard Rohr. Reminds me that prayer is as much a gift as it is a practice. So often, we come to prayer hoping for God to change our circumstances, our world, other people, the next door neighbor. However, we find God changing us, stirring new life, birthing compassion, cultivating gratefulness. What a gift, a Pearl of Great Price indeed. For that I am truly grateful. 

This month evokes gratefulness. An opportunity to practice gratefulness which has the power to change our very being. Connecting more people to other people, to beauty around us, to God’s good creation. May you practice well and often. 


Contemplative Conversation Groups via Zoom: Small Groups Journeying, Learning, and Practicing Together. 
Our next 8-week session we will be reading Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul: Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the WorldbyJohn Phillip Newel. Learn the essence of Celtic christianity and it wake us up and heal our world.

In our groups we create a safe sacred container for conversation and practice as we journeying together through books on contemplation, christianity, and spiritual growth. 
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. 

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