Lenten Reflection Series – Rev. Antonio Lawrence

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Contemplation Contemplation can open us to recognize that there is more to an experience than what we see, feel, or think. Contemplation helps us to see with eyes of faith the depth of meanings threaded throughout our experiences. Rev. Antonio Lawrence encourages us to see the threads of redemptive hope embedded in Jesus’ time on the cross. “We are headed …

Lenten Reflection – Rev. Andy James

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“Hymns link our stories—my story, your story, and the Church’s story to the Divine Story. God steps in to remake us, reconnect us to one another in new ways, and unite us in praise all our days,” says Rev. Andy James in this Lenten Reflection. Listen as he reminds us that God’s story of salvation and renewal is for us—individually …

Lenten Reflection Series – Rev. Lori Pistor

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Walking the Labyrinth Rev. Lori Pistor explains the intricacies of walking the labyrinth in this week’s Lenten Series. She describes how engaging in this discipline “allows one’s breath to follow the Spirit.” Listen to her as she describes how this practice can clear chaotic thoughts and help one to be grounded in God’s presence: https://youtu.be/0i-kDJtLv2Y. Preparing for the Practice: Walking …

Lenten Reflection Series – Millicent Fauntleroy

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Lectio Divina One of the most well-known and widely practiced ancient disciplines of the church has been Lectio Divina. This phrase translates into English as “divine reading,” and refers primarily to the reading of sacred Scriptures as practiced by the early Christian Fathers and Mothers. Lectio Divina is “A slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures which enables the Bible, the …

Lenten Reflection Series – Rev. Allen Brimer

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Self Examen Rev. Allen Brimer reminds us that Lent is a time of preparing our hearts, minds, and souls to stand at the cross. It is a time of preparation, reflection, and self-evaluation.  He poses three questions that I encourage you to use as you practice the discipline of self-examination this week: Who are you? Why are you here? As …

Lenten Reflection Series: Engaged Spirituality by Dr. Felecia Hardy

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Engaged Spirituality We must rethink spirituality as an integral part of everyday life – spirituality is a feeling, an experience, a relationship, a connection of intimate practices that, much like other feelings or relationships in our lives, takes on the texture and color of what’s going on around us. For some people, this means that spirituality must address the injustices …

Lenten Reflection Series – Intercessory Prayer – Rev. Katie Owen Aumann

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Rev. Katie Aumann discusses the importance of praying for others. Intercessory prayer usually forms the essence of many of our prayers.  Interceding for loved ones, the world, community concerns and a host of other critically important matters takes time, patience, trust, and a deep abiding faith in God’s grace. When interceding for others, we sit in a liminal space of …

Lenten Reflection Series with Tom Harris: Sacred Places

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Place matters. “We locate the Holy Presence concretely on the earth. ‘The place where you are standing.’ Yahweh says in Exodus, ‘is holy’…Steeping ourselves in a place, simmering in its bounties, celebrating its wonders, and loving its peculiarities are necessary steps on a spiritual journey.” Our experiences do not happen outside of geographical places—place shapes our identities, the way we …

Loving Attentiveness – Rev. Rebecca Reyes

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Spiritual disciplines provide a centering point that grounds us in God’s love and helps us to discern God’s will. Attentiveness is this week’s Lenten theme as Rev. Rebecca Reyes encourages us to be still and take a “Long Loving Look at the Real” – see this.  Without intentional moments of noticing, we miss a lot. “All kinds of wonderful and important …