Liturgy is a communal response to the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication, or repentance, usually ritualized. Liturgy as practice is intended to deepen our relationship with God and with the Body of Christ, represented by the community. Thomas Keating, in The Mystery of Christ, says, "The liturgy is the supreme vehicle for transmitting the divine life manifested in Jesus Christ, the divine-human being. When Jesus through his resurrection and ascension entered into his trans-historical life, the liturgy became the extension of his humanity in time. The feasts of the Liturgical Year are the clothes, so to speak, that make visible the Reality hidden but transmitted in sacramental rites."
This three-day workshop will focus on how Centering Prayer can heighten one’s understanding and appreciation for the season of Advent. The leader will be the Rev. Tom Ward, the retired university chaplain at the University of the South who now spends his days focusing on the contemplative dimension of the gospel, teaching Centering Prayer and leading retreats.
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Every Lent, we are called to go apart, to enter into silence, and allow grace to flow more freely within us and through us. This year, rather than going to a desert, Mary Anne Best, LeAnn Billups, and Carolyn Goddard invite you to come to the mountaintop and set an intention to allow ourselves to be transfigured by silence, led deeper into the grace that heals.
Advent Centering Prayer Weekend
December 13-15, 2019
Theme: Advent & Christmas Series ~ Bridges to Contemplative Living with writings from Fr. Thomas Merton
Take some time during this Holy Season of Advent and journey with us! This retreat for Advent and Christmas opens the writings of Thomas Merton into easily digestible pieces and eloquently pairs them with the words of other great spiritual thinkers.
A Contemplative Reformation: Parish Life - Let’s imagine the living experience of Christian community through the lens of a contemplative posture rather than simply a program maintenance model.
Reclaiming the Mystical Heart of Christianity
How Centering Prayer Can Deepen Your Experience of God
Contemplative Silent Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault and other Contemplative Leaders