Perhaps you are looking for an opportunity to grow deeper in your relationship with God during these uncertain times. Here are several virtual options for just that! Each of these workshops or retreats is offered virtually and would be recommended experiences of prayer and learning. Contact Deacon Nina with questions.
Introduction to Centering Prayer
Tuesdays, Nov. 10-Dec. 1 - 9-10:30 a.m. | Online
Centering Prayers is a receptive, deep method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of the experience of God's presence within us. Presenters Rev. John Keller and Rev. Luna Gebbengreen invite you to learn how Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him. Each session includes a 20-minute Centering Prayer session. Participants are encouraged to read Thomas Keating's book, Open Mind, Open Heart, between sessions. Learn more.
Tending to Ambiguous Losses in Uncertain Times
Thursday, Nov. 12 - 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Online
Ambiguous losses are perhaps the most challenging kind of loss. When someone or something is physically absent yet psychologically present, or physically present yet psychologically absent, it’s hard to find clarity, it’s hard to make decisions, and it’s hard to grieve. The physical, emotional, economic, and relational uncertainty resulting from the current pandemic further complicates ambiguous losses. In this workshop hosted by Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center, we’ll discuss the nature of ambiguous loss and ways to deepen our resilience in these uncertain times. The presenter is Carla Dahl, Professor of Congregational and Community Care at Luther Seminary. Learn more and register.
Friday, Nov. 13-Sunday, Nov. 15 | Online
This virtual retreat will create sacred space in a unique way. We invite you to pause and experience what it means to embody your faith at the intersection of yoga and faith. The retreat will prepare participants to enter the season of advent, to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas, the Incarnation. Emmanuel, God is with us. Included in this virtual retreat are four different yoga classes (Restorative, Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin), worship with communion, self-healing touch session and a way to be community in a time of physical distancing. The keynote speaker is Father Tom Ryan, author of Prayer of the Heart and Body. Learn more.