Spirituality is one way of talking about our intimate connection with God and how that relationship is born out in daily life. Dedicating time for prayer and worship enhances that connection. In addition, setting aside time throughout the year for reflection, prayer, and thoughtful conversation slows the pace of our busy lives so that we can return to them energized with God’s Spirit.

Advent Quiet Day with The Rev. Jane Patterson, Ph.D.

Saturday, December 2
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / Tickets $10
Coke Activities Room

“A Blessed and Costly Listening”

Many people say that they wish they would get as clear a message from God as characters in the Bible seem to get: a voice speaking our own language straight into our ears, “Do this, do that.” But is there really such a big difference between then and now? The opening chapters of the Gospel of Luke present several people of different ages and stations in life, each of them startled by the unexpected sense of a life-altering call from God: Elizabeth, Zechariah, Mary, John the Baptist, Anna, Simeon, Jesus. They answer with their ordinary lives as parent, priest, worker, prophet, widow, neighbor. This half-day retreat will engage the stories of these ancestors as they struggle to understand what they are called to, how much it will change them, and how much they will gain and lose along the way. Their doubts, fears, and courage challenge us to pay attention to the nudges, hints, desires, and invitations that draw us into the larger purposes of God in our own day.

Jane Patterson is Associate Professor of New Testament and Director of Community Care at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, and one of the authors of Calling All Years Good: Christian Vocation Throughout Life’s Seasons (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017). Her previous work has concerned the role of metaphor in Paul’s letters, Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2015).

Lenten Quiet Day with Brother David Vryhof

Saturday, February 24
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / Tickets $10
Coke Activities Room

“The Grace of Humility”

Humility as a virtue and a way of life has been highly-prized and much sought-after in Christianity.  Both the Old and New Testaments praise it;  Jesus models it, teaches it, and urges his disciples to seek it; and St. Paul frequently commends it to the early Christian communities.  Humility has been especially valued in the Christian monastic tradition.  Monastic writers have seen it as a necessary condition for a right relationship with God and with others.

But the virtue of humility has gotten ‘bad press’ in the modern era.  Too often it has been associated with passivity, complacency, and unquestioning submission to those in authority.  But true humility, as Jesus taught and modeled it, is something other than the distorted image of humility that has been scorned in modern times.  In this workshop, we’ll explore the virtue of humility, especially through the writings of monastics, and try to learn what it means to be truly humble.