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.
Lent Quiet Day with Brother James Koester
Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / Tickets $10
“MONASTIC WISDOM FOR EVERYDAY LIVING”
Words like Balance, Silence, Enclosure are familiar to us in our everyday speech, but in the monastic tradition they have a much deeper meaning. This Lenten Quiet Day will be an opportunity to go deeper into our spiritual lives to discover what wisdom we can glean from the monastic tradition that might help us as we navigate our everyday lives.
Brother James Koester, SSJE currently serves as the Superior of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, Cambridge MA. Before becoming Superior he was the Senior Brother at SSJE’s rural monastery, Emery House in West Newbury MA where he rediscovered a childhood dream to be a farmer. He came to SSJE from parish ministry on Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada, in 1989. He is a bee keeper, an iconographer and is fascinated by what the Anglo-Saxon period of English church history (about AD 410 to 1066) can teach the Church today.
Holy Week Quiet Day with Lee Taft
Saturday, April 15, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm / Tickets $10
Nationally recognized lawyer and ethicist Lee Taft will explore the interrelationship between repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation, and will address how to go about healing broken relationships. It will examine specific techniques for confronting wrongdoing and arriving at solutions that can bring individual peace.
Taft has received national acclaim for his assertion that apology can be a primary vehicle by which to ameliorate wrong and a way to heal the whole. In 2004, Taft was hired by the City of Dallas to guide it through the police department’s well-publicized “fake drug scandal.” Madeleine Johnson, then Dallas City Attorney, said of Taft: “He’s an extraordinary human being who can focus on the legal issues, but at the same time understand the moral needs to address the victims and their needs.” In 2007, Taft helped Stanford University Medical Center design and implement a plan deal with unexpected medical outcomes, which may or may not involve mistakes.
Taft, who left his Dallas legal practice in 1996 to complete a degree at Harvard Divinity School and serve a year as its acting Dean of Students.