Spiritual Direction in Groups
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Spiritual Direction in Groups

Spiritual Direction in Groups is a gentle, rhythmic process of expanding our capacity for deep, holy listening to God, self, and others. Quiet miracles take place here, rippling out, impacting our world for good. During this workshop/retreat you will: 

  • Experience group spiritual direction within a prayerful community. 

  • Deepen your contemplative grounding through authentic sharing and faithful listening. 

  • Expand your capacity to listen to God on behalf of others. 

  • Find support for your call/vocation. 

  • Explore ways to develop this holy process in your own setting. 

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Cultivating Spiritual Discernment
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Cultivating Spiritual Discernment

This retreat offers a contemplative approach to help us become more open, receptive, and responsive to the Holy Spirit’s wisdom. You will learn three contemplative movements of discernment and how to put them into practice in daily life.

  • The practice of seven steps that starts with kenosis - the emptying of self.

  • The process of moving from my will to God’s will - and it is a process!

  • The prayer of consent to welcome and call forth the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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Living the Lectionary
Nov
9
10:30 AM10:30

Living the Lectionary

Have you ever wanted a short, simple, systematic way of prayerfully encountering Scripture, one that follows the seasons of the Christian year? If so, please join us for this mini-retreat designed to introduce or re-introduce you to the power of the Christian Lectionary (schedule of Scripture readings). Using the lectionary allows us to engage the full range of Scripture and touch all the major themes and passages at least once every three years.

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One-Day Silent, Centering Prayer Retreat in the Snowmass Rhythm
Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

One-Day Silent, Centering Prayer Retreat in the Snowmass Rhythm

This retreat will replicate for one day the rhythm of the extended retreats at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, CO. There will be four rounds of one-hour sits with a walking meditation in between each one. Those attending will be invited to participate in as many rounds as they would like. The retreat will be in silence except for brief conversations at the beginning and closing.

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Lectio Divina Class
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Lectio Divina Class

Encountering the Word to Be Transformed 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.” —Romans 12:2

But how do we do this? 

  • Do you long for a renewed mind? 

  • Do you hunger to know God’s will for your life? 

If you answered Yes to even one of these questions, come learn a way of encountering Scripture afresh that has its roots in the practices of the Desert Mothers and Fathers and the early church. The Latin term for the process is known as Lectio Divina, which literally means divine reading. It is a slower more reflective way of meeting God in Scripture. Join us as we learn and practice a life-giving process of being shaped by the Word for the sake of the world. 

We guarantee you will not leave as you entered. 

Hosted at the United Methodist Foundation - 13816 Professional Center Drive, Huntersville, NC 

  • Cost: $40.00 by July 27; $45.00 after. Registration includes lunch, refreshments, and materials. 

  • Space is limited to 25 participants. 

  • Presented by Ann Starrette with Mary Taylor. 

  • Questions? Contact registrar Colleen Siadak at cmsiadak@gmail.com or 704-577-3408. 

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A Labyrinth Journey
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

A Labyrinth Journey

In an increasingly distracted society we need places that attract us by their beauty and simplicity, places that help us still and clear our busy mind, places that offer space to reflect and reconnect with what matters most in our lives. The labyrinth is such a place.

During this retreat you will:

  • Explore the ancient wisdom the labyrinth offers for contemporary times.

  • Learn how the labyrinth became rooted in the Christian story of pilgrimage, moving one toward healing and wholeness.

  • Experience the three movements of walking the labyrinth as a journey to the center of one's being and the heart of God.

  • Return and step back into the world with thanksgiving, insight, and new energy for your everyday journey.

Come expecting to be surprised by grace as you discover what walking this sacred path can bring to your life leadership. For beginners and seasoned practitioners that want to refresh and deepen their spiritual journey. All are welcome!

  • Hosted at Starrette Farm Retreat Center, Statesville, NC. Directions follow your registration.

  • Cost is $30.00 and limited to 12 people.

  • Bring a bag lunch. Beverages and materials provided.

  • Rev. Dianne Lawhorn and Roxanne Morgan will facilitate. Dianne is Minister of Spiritual Growth at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Winston Salem; Co-director of The Big Silence: Stumbling into the Heart of Christ, a yearly 4-day mostly silent retreat at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center; a member of the WCO Sabbath Circle Band; and a seasoned practitioner/presenter of the Labyrinth. Roxanne trained at Chartres Cathedral in France by Lauren Artress, a leading force in the worldwide movement of using the labyrinth as a spiritual practice. Roxanne is steeped in its use as a metaphor for the spiritual journey as a powerful tool for transformation.

  • Questions? Contact registrar Colleen Siadak at cmsiadak@gmail.com or 704-577-3408

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Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Horses, Spirituality, & Mindfulness: Empowering Your Authentic Self

Mindfulness means paying attention to what is happening right now, in this moment, rather than dwelling on past events or anticipating something that may or may not take place in the future. It is nonjudgmental awareness of your present experience. For most of us, mindfulness does not come naturally. Yet, it is a skill we can learn. Mindfulness techniques help us discern what our bodies and minds most need in the present, providing us in-sight to better care for ourselves. 

Horses, due to their unique animal nature, can be mirrors for our inner selves. Acting as breathing, thinking, living, biofeedback interpreters, horses allow for a truthful, non-judgmental reflection of how we feel in the moment. Through their awareness of subtle body language, heightened instinctual senses, and focus on the present, horses are excellent teachers of mindful-ness, spirituality and self-care. 

When working with the animals, we ask that you wear closed-toe shoes and if possible, no dangling jewelry. 

Vowed members of the Wesleyan Contemplative Order, individual Band members, and guests are welcome to attend the retreat. 

Cost: Vowed members: FREE; Band members and guests: $10. 

REGISTER: Lisa Marion / ourphalt@gmail.com or 828-234-8122

  • Space is limited to 24. 
  • Deadline to register: September 1, 2018. 
  • Location: Home (and barn) of Lisa and Todd Marion - 122 Walnut Hill Court, Mooresville, NC 28115 
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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Creating a Sacred Rhythm / Rule of Life

“A personal Rule of Life is simply the structure that enables us to say yes to the process of transformation, day in and day out. A Rule of Life responds to two interplay questions: ‘How do I want to live so I can be who I want to be,’” writes Ruth Haley Barton. 

This short class will focus on developing a regular spiritual routine that weaves a few spiritual practices into the fabric of your everyday living; practices that nourish your soul and form your character into Christlikeness; practices that you lean in to and long for out of desire, not duty. 

  • Presented by Ann Starrette and others
  • Hosted by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte NC
  • Contact: Sally Daggett — sdaggett@roadrunner.com or (704) 604-7102
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Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Cultivating Spiritual Discernment

I have long been fascinated with the story of “The Cloud and the Fire” in Numbers 9:15-23. It is a story of how the Lord guided the Israelites. When the cloud rested upon them, they would not set out of camp, but when it lifted, they would set out. 

Learning to look for and rely on directions by God is one of the key elements in the spiritual life - individually and as a community. But how do we do that in a real and practical sense? 

This retreat offers a contemplative approach to help us become more open, receptive, and responsive to the Holy Spirit’s wisdom. You will learn three contemplative movements of discernment and how to put them into practice in daily life. 

  • The practice of seven steps that starts with kenosis - the emptying of self. 
  • The process of moving from my will to God’s will - and it is a process! 
  • The prayer of consent to welcome and call forth the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

Every movement - and every event - plants something in the soul. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity and love. 
~ Thomas Merton

You will leave with a new understanding of how to RECEIVE God’s gift of guidance. God wants to raise our awareness of the importance of cooperating with him and what he wants to do in our lives. Come learn, grow, and cultivate discernment with us! 

  • Space is limited to 24 participants. 
  • Presented by Ann Starrette and others. 
  • Directions to this private space, Starrette Farm Retreat Center in Statesville, will follow your registration. 
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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Centering Prayer Workshop

Do you seek the still, quiet voice of God? 

Join us for a prayerful day when we will explore the benefits of Centering Prayer in ordinary life and experience periods of Centering Prayer practice. Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us - closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than conscious-ness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. It is drawn from ancient prayer practices of the Christian contemplative heritage, notably the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert, Lectio Divina (praying the Scriptures), The Cloud of Unknowing, and the writings of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. 

This workshop is an opportunity to be introduced to or to renew your prayer practice - to be with God beyond concepts, words, and images; listening with “the ear of the heart”. All are welcome to attend. 

Presenter: Deborah Conner is a Presbyterian minister in the PCUSA currently serving Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC as the Associate Pastor of Congregational Care. With nearly 30 years’ experience in pastoral ministry, Deborah is a long time practitioner of Centering Prayer who is interested in helping people cultivate emotionally healthy spirituality in their lives. 

Workshop Fee: $35 before August 18; $40 for late registration (includes lunch). 

Location: Myers Park Presbyterian Church - 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 2820 

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