THE BENEDICTINE CENTER SHARES THE MONASTIC HERITAGE OF ST. PAUL'S MONASTERY with all who seek to live with the Gospel as their guide. The Benedictine Center partners with talented presenters to offer a wide array workshops, retreats, and meaningful conversations rooted in Benedictine insights about the life lived well. Whether your interests are primarily about life & work, prayer and meditation, community and connection, or art & spirituality, there’s something coming up for you.
Saturday, November 2, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Poets have always been part of the force seeking to advance our better angels as people. In this workshop, we will read a range of poems and poets to explore how they call and challenge us. Participants will try their hand at writing their own poems about social change. Register online
Friday, November 22, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Diane Boruff and Mary Lapham
The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. The practice complements Centering Prayer by helping to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self and heal wounds by addressing them where they are stored—in the body. This introduction is most helpful to those who have been using Centering Prayer for a year or more. Participants will explore and practice the Welcoming Prayer through teaching sessions, personal reflection time, group practice, and time for conversation. Register Online.
Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 - 9:00pm
In the Lord’s Prayer Christians pray, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Yet forgiveness is something we struggle with. For many of us, accepting God’s forgiveness is difficult. Even more of us struggle with forgiving those who have hurt us, those we love, or our communities. This evening will invite us to reflect on the things that make it difficult for us to forgive. How do we deal with anger and hurt that hinder forgiveness? What is the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation? What is the relationship between our acceptance of God’s forgiveness of us and our willingness to forgive others? These are some of the questions we will explore together. Register Online.
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