September Newsletter

Journeying Together
“We’re all just walking each other home.”― Ram Dass

All of us are on a journey we can’t make alone. It requires community, friends, and loved ones to walk with us. We need other souls to accompany us on our spiritual journeys. To be our mirrors, to be present with us. To know we are not alone in this grand journey back to our divine loving creator. This is a journey of growth, transformation, and discovery. Change, transitions, and many small deaths along the way. Even introverts, like me, and those of us who have been called into contemplative life, need community. In particular, many of us who are called into the contemplative don’t find other contemplatives in the usual places of community and connection.

So we go it alone. Making temporary connections at retreats, connecting at workshops, connecting to authors and speakers who inspire us but wanting and even needing something more. To be seen not just taught. Wanting connections that meet us in the midst of our journeys. Spirituality doesn’t happen in-between life it happens in the midst of life. As Paula D’Arcy says, “God comes to us disguised as our life”. So we need to find a few others in the midst of our life to journey with and learn from, connections in-between retreats, which happens to be most of life unless you live in a monastery.

No matter where you are on your journey you are invited to join us at Contemplate Lincoln as we journey together. This month we begin a new study on James Finley’s Christian Meditation and a year long study with Brian McLaren’s We Make the Road by Walking. Both opportunities have something to offer to both those curious about the Christian contemplative tradition and those seeking to journey deeper. 
We Are Returning to the Prairie.
We are excited to go back after our last trip that turned out to be such a magical evening. 

When: September 19th at 2pm
Where: Spring Creek Prairie. 11700 SW 100th St, Denton, NE 68339
What: A celebration of the coming Fall Equinox through poetry, mindfulness meditation, song, and breathing in the sacred prairie landscape. We will have about 30-40 minutes of programing (including the meditation) followed by walking the majestic trails of Spring Creek Prairie. 
 House Church: We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren
Join us as we embark in a 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 insightful unpacking scripture along the way. Join us for contemplation, communion, conversation, and worship. Register to receive the link to join us on zoom.
Contemplative Conversation Groups via Zoom: Small Groups Journeying, Learning, and Practicing Together. Our next 8-week session we will be reading James Finley’s Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God. Learn the essence and practice of the Christian meditative tradition through CAC faculty member James Finley. Forming groups now.
Join a Group
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. 

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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