ELEMENTS of a Contemplative Reformation

These three fall workshops build on continuing conversations at Grace Episcopal Church, within the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, and with conversation partners around the world, as we explore the dynamics of grounding parish life and ministry in a contemplative posture.

We are exploring the phenomenology of transitioning from a “program-maintenance model” of leadership to one that is rooted in the contemplative trajectory of consciousness and transformation. Far too often, our church communities become stagnant in a habits that stifle the movement of the Spirit, and we far too easily rely on management models that, while offering structure, are not attuned to the mutual indwelling we experience at the heart of our own being as the Body of Christ.

Each of these three workshops focuses on a particular discernable element of this contemplative trajectory, with hopes that the participants will be able to better articulate the yearning in their own spiritual heart, be affirmed in their curiosity about a practice-oriented ministry, and be encouraged to anchor their vocations in a practice of prayer that celebrates God’s presence in our lives.

Given the particular anxieties we face as a culture today, we pray that this time together will nourish our souls as we are empowered to embody Christ’s compassion in the world around us.

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1: PRACTICE - The Grounding of Contemplative Practice

Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:00 AM—2:00 PM
with Rev. Dr. Tilden Edwards and Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers

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2: POSTURE - Dynamics of a Contemplative Posture

Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9:00 AM—2:00 PM
with The Rev. Dr. Margaret Benefiel and Rev. Sarah Fisher

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3: PROMISE - The Promise of a Contemplative Life

Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9:00 AM—2:00 PM
with Fr. Richard Rohr and Rev. Brian Sullivan

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