November Offerings at the Spirituality Center●Studium

Join the Spirituality Center●Studium at one of our November programs or retreats!

Lectio Divina Retreat
Come to the quiet and listen with the ear of your heart. Participants will be introduced to three methods of lectio divina. The teaching of a method will be followed by the practice of praying with it. There will be optional sharing at the end of each teaching and practice.

Writing Our Way From Grief to Grace to Gift
Sometimes our personal, family and communal lives seem filled with loss and the grief that inevitably follows. We lose family, friends, health, country, culture, peace and the living creatures that share the Earth. One way to face these losses is to write about them, searching for the moment of grace that can make the writing a gift to ourselves and others. We’ll read many examples, do guided writing and read and respond to each other’s work. Writers of all kinds and at all levels are welcome. Sister Mara will read and respond to your work and will be available for individual conferences.

Ancient Prayers for a New Millennium: Finding God, Christ and Creation in the Psalms 
“The Psalms are the songs of [women and] men who knew who God was” (Thomas Merton). Who is the God of the Psalms? How can we pray the Psalms, enter the Psalms and experience the Psalms? This two-evening workshop explores these questions and others through presentations, practice and time for participant interaction.

Sacred Circle Gathering
Using the Sacred Circle principles, we engage in deep listening within small circles of six to eight people and share the stories of our lives to gain insight and to give meaning to our lives. An intentional circle of caring and confidentiality provides us with new perspectives for our own personal journeys. Leadership is shared among all circle members.

Rainbow Support Evening
Parents/allies/friends and GLBTQI persons gather to pray, share stories and support each other. Confidentiality is maintained.

“God is Speaking Today—Are You Listening?”
“Listen with the ear of your heart…welcome it and put it into practice” (Rule of Benedict, Prologue 1). To what are we invited to listen? How do we welcome what we hear? How do we decide what to put into practice? This class will study some of St. Benedict’s principles and guidance that can support all people who want to live as disciples of Christ.