October Programming Opportunities at the Spirituality Center●Studium

The following two workshops can be attended as one whole day or attended separately and independently of each other. Noon meal is complimentary if you decide to participate in both workshops.

Discovering Hope in a Fractured World

Where is hope in times like these? Who can show us where hope lives in a world fractured by disease, war, division, and mistrust? To explore these questions, Becky and Emily will draw on the writings of Julian of Norwich and Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God by Cynthia Bourgeault, concluding with the shared experience of viewing and discussing the film “Babette’s Feast.”

Dates: Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Facilitators: Becky Van Ness, OblSB, and Emily Wilmer, Oblate
Both Becky and Emily are spiritual directors and oblates. Becky is an educator and former director of the Spiritual Direction Certificate program at Saint John’s School of Theology; Emily is a poet, actor and presenter.
Limit: Minimum of 7 participants
Fee: $240

Writing to Change the World, One Writer and One Millimeter at a Time

In the 14th century, St. Catherine of Sienna wrote, “Cry out the truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.” In this writing workshop, we will join writers who trust that honest and eloquent words can call attention to suffering and injustice, as well as to the beauty and fragility of our world. We will share, revise and refine our writing and explore ways to share with others. Sister Mara will read and respond to your work and will be available for individual conferences.

Dates: Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Facilitator: Mara Faulkner, OSB
Limit: 10 participants
Fee: $240


Introduction to Centering Prayer: A One-Day Workshop

Centering Prayer is a simple method of silent prayer rooted in the Christian tradition. This workshop consists of four sessions presenting the method in relationship to other forms of Christian prayer. Each session includes time for questions and discussion. Several 20-minute periods of the prayer itself are included.

Date: Saturday, October 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Facilitator: Katherine Howard, OSB
Limit: Minimum of 4 participants; maximum of 12 participants
Fee: $120 (includes noon meal at the monastery)


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