Our Sunday Forum series will explore multiple methods of prayer each week that you are invited to “try on” as possibilities to begin or to enrich your own daily spiritual practice.
March 10: Lectio Divina and Visio Divina
Lectio Divina: Reading with the Ear of the Heart
Lectio Divina is an ancient Christian practice in which one reads a small passage of scripture, trusting in God’s presence and relevance in daily experience. Lectio Divina is not about acquiring head knowledge of Scripture, but is about a personal encounter with the heart of God inspiring one’s attention and already praying through the reader.
Visio Divina: Seeing with the Eye of the Heart
Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina, inviting one to encounter the divine through images. A prayerful consideration of and interaction with a photograph in the magazine, icon, piece of art, or other visual representation allows the viewer to experience the sacred in unique and powerful ways.
March 17: Centering Prayer and Walking Meditation
This session in the Lenten discussion of prayer and meditation will focus on two other ways to simply show up with God. One is quiet and still while the other gets us moving in our meditation.
March 24: Ignatian Prayer: Guided Imagination and Daily Examen
Ignatian Contemplation is a way of praying with scripture using one’s imagination that was made popular by St. Ignatius in his Spiritual Exercises. Using all of the senses, one can more fully picture the events of a passage; and by paying attention, it becomes possible to listen more deeply for the voice of God.
The Daily Examen is a prayer practice (usually done at the end of the day) that helps one notice God’s presence in the joys and challenges of each day. By regularly taking time to reflect on the completed day (or week), one is invited to become more conscious of how to increase attentiveness to the Spirit of God moving in our lives.
March 31: Members and friends are invited to join Donna Vass and Tom Bouldin in the courtyard for a celebratory reception following the Blessing of their Marriage during the 8:30 a.m. service.