In his latest book, First Sight: The Experience of Faith, Father Laurence Freeman believes that the contemplative life is open to everyone. A review of his work says that, “it can be achieved outside the walls of the monastery. Indeed contemplation and meditation will transform our lives and thus our communities. Freeman goes out to touch the hearts and minds of people involved in education, business and finance, mental health, the environment, inter-religious dialogue, collaboration, and citizenship.” And also, “to any who think they can reach God by running faster,” Freeman’s three powerful events with Wisdom Ways awakened our authentic ability to survive and aided us in renewing and flourishing as spiritual beings. The task is challenging, but the discipline invites a life-changing transformation.
Women have never been absent from history in the making, but until the rise of the women’s movement, often from its telling. This 12-week seminar reweaved Christian history with her stories of vocation, courage, compassion, and wisdom, using Mary T. Malone’s three-volume work Women & Christianity. How do women find their voices, claim authority, act creatively, confront, and participate in the challenges of their times? What are their legacies? What do their lives inspire in us who seek God today? Where have women found the movement of the Spirit? What do these leaders, visionaries, mystics, and activists have to tell us about their journeys and ours?
On February 7, 2013, we hosted “Create Your Own Personal Prayer Labyrinth: Pilgrimage on Canvas.” Participants used the labyrinth to explore colors, symbols, and images of personal significance, and with guidance, expressed these on a 60-inch hemmed cotton canvas to create a personal-size piece of walkable art suitable for display, large enough to walk, and small enough to fit in any home. The class was led by Lisa Gidlow Moriarty, an artist, spiritual director, and labyrinth maker, who has a passion for creating labyrinths and leading others in the spiritual art of creation.