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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 [we] 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.

Join us!

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

  • Cost: $40.00 by October 7; $45.00 after

  • Includes lunch, refreshments, and materials

  • Space is limited to 25 participants.

  • Presented by: Ann Starrette with Mary Taylor

  • Questions? Contact registrar Colleen Siadak at or 704-577-3408

Earlier Event: September 14
Spiritual Direction in Groups
Later Event: November 9
Living the Lectionary