The artistry, beauty, intricacy, and care of God is all around us, showing us the glories of our creator. We have only to stop, get out of our own ways, and let the extravagance of creation teach us the pattern of God’s ways.
Participants shared this enriching time and space with others who came to experience writing as an entrance to the deeper self, doing so in the context of creative reflection, song, and dialogue. There was time to relax, reflect, and develop y writing skills, plus the gift of relating to others equally intent on further discovery and celebration of their purpose and direction in life.
Joyce Rupp offered her extensive experience of spiritual growth through creative ritual and reflective conferences. Mary Kay Shanley brought her respected skills of teaching at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival and other national writing workshops to lead the group through inventive processes that develop and hone writing abilities.
Children meditate together as naturally as they play together. Sitting together in meditation – where there is no competition, no judgment and no taking account of their background or their special needs – becomes a wonderful way of building community in the classroom.
This workshop covered the teaching and practice of Christian meditation and what makes it Christian. We also delved into the practical ‘hows’ involved in teaching meditation to children & youth so that those participating feel equipped to introduce this practice in the classroom, religious education & Sunday school programs, congregations, at home, and beyond. Practical tools and resources were provided.
“These works are prayers in visual form. During times of grief, suffering, contemplation, hope, and peace, I see the colorful birds of El Salvador’s folk art as symbols of the soul and a continual source of inspiration. The spirit of the paloma in this work represents the soul of my child, my self, my people, and my ancestors.
Perhaps Martin Luther is right. The scriptures can save us. For people disillusioned with institutional religion and disheartened by abuse scandals or disengaged by scientific discoveries, the scriptures offer a do-it-yourself option for staying reflective on how our lives individually and communally matter. Sacred texts originate in the human experience of the holy in our world, a presence still alive to us. The Gospels originate among Jesus’ men and women disciples and the communities of Christians that heard, told, and lived Jesus’ story.
We bring an expanding cosmos and evolving Earth community into dialogue with the 2000-year-old gospels. We experience contemporary issues that divide people—the women’s movement, GLBT, the economics of the 99%, hunger, healthcare, climate change, and education issues.
In the Footsteps of St. Brigid: Gaelic S/Hero & Holy Woman
The Feast of Brigid marks the start of the Celtic first day of spring. A primordial divine feminine, ancient as the hills and wells of Ireland, Brigid represents an enduring tradition. Reflections, songs, prayers and stories helped us celebrate this central patron of Ireland and draw on her wisdom for our lives today.
In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors: Wisdom & Prayer from the Celtic Tradition
In the early years of the third millennium, there is a renewed turning towards Celtic spirituality—a thirst for a return to the well of Celtic wisdom. Participants celebrated a revitalization of our faith and spiritual wholeness through the Celtic tradition of journeying to the sacred holy well. We fed our intellects and souls on themes and stories of justice and healing and generosity and wisdom.
Irish Music & Dancing and Lots of Celtic Craic!
Musicians and KAIROS ALIVE! artists, in collaboration with Brigid McDonald, CSJ, and area high school students, will tell the story of “Brigid’s Coat” in story, dance, and music.