Finding God in the Pain and Messiness of Life
Being committed to follow the triune God does not make us immune from experiences of pain and messiness in our lives or the lives of those who are close to us. It is at those times that our faith is tested most heavily as we wonder why we are hurting, why it feels like God is hiding, and why our church community is so unhelpful. During this day together we will explore these themes and grapple with the question of whether our life in, and with God, is enhanced by the presence of pain and messiness.
About our Speaker
President and Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
B.Sc. (University of Toronto), M.A. (York University), M.T.S. (Conrad Grebel College), Ph.D. (York University), D.D. (Hon.) Trinity Western University
Rod Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland and immigrated as a child to Canada with his parents. He has served as President of Regent College since 2000. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, Rod pursued theological training after the completion of his doctoral work. He has been involved in the field of counseling and consulting for over 30 years and held various positions at Tyndale College and Seminary in Toronto. He held part-time staff positions in two churches and was the full-time teaching pastor of a growing church near Toronto, Canada. In 2004, Rod received an honorary doctorate from Trinity Western University in recognition of his gifts of leadership and acuity of vision. He is the author of Counseling and Community and How Do I Help a Hurting Friend?—both award-winning books—and the co-author of Exploring Your Anger and Helping Angry People. How Do I Help a Hurting Friend? has been translated into Chinese and German. He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife, Bev.
A time & place set apart for renewal;
space to engage in rhythmic practice of Sabbath, retreat and prayer.
Guided – led by gifted Pastors and Spiritual Directors; retreats are guided by a short teaching time and accompanied by prayer exercises to provide structure for guided prayer and reflection.
Rhythmic – “Praying the Jesus Way”; a monthly, rhythmic incorporation of Sabbath-keeping through spiritual retreat and prayer.
Accessible – Hosted at locations through-out the Puget Sound.
Affordable – $20, coffee & tea provided.
9AM to Noon – SECOND SATURDAY EVERY MONTH
November 8, 2014 Edmonds Presbyterian Church, Edmonds
“Praying with Grateful Hearts in Times of Crisis”, Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn
Wounded, broken and bleeding souls are objects of God’s extraordinary grace. The trouble is we are often not in a place to recognize that grace even when God’s arms are lovingly wrapped around us. How do we learn to embrace the pain, accept the onslaught of change and maneuver the desolation when we are in such great need? God, we say, is good – always! Scripture unlocks the secret of gratitude even in the midst of crisis. Together we will explore ways to access God’s grace and hope in the blessed valleys of crisis.
December 13, 2014
No SSP – Please Join us for our 2014 Advent Prayer Retreat
To register: email firstname.lastname@example.org
“A Human Story – About a Holy Family”
“…now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (I John 3:2)
The Season of Advent has deep meaning for all people! It is a time when we consider mystery and reality that God is present with us and is relational. During this season, we contemplate a “human story” about a “holy family” who captures our imaginations with the mysterious reality of God’s entrance into the world as both human and divine.
We wonder, “What was it really like for Mary and Joseph to receive this high calling?” “What was their human experience?” “What enabled them to say “yes” to God; to respond in faith and trust to such a risky and costly endeavor?”
You are invited to come away from the “busyness” of the Christmas season and join us at our annual Advent Prayer Retreat. Give yourself the gift of slowing down and entering into the sacred journey of Mary and Joseph; to invite the Spirit of Christ to make their story come alive for you like never before! At this retreat we will get up close and personal with Joseph and ponder three things: First, Joseph’s human dilemma and how God met him while in the throes of it. Second, Joseph’s astonishment by his encounter with God and the way forward God revealed. And third, Joseph’s courage to take a bold risk with God.
Come! Be inspired and refreshed in God’s presence!
What are the Spiritual Exercises?
The Spiritual Exercises are an invitation to renew and deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer and meditation on Scripture. The Exercises are not intellectual exercises – teaching a set of theological propositions, but rather a series of prayerful meditations on Scripture that help us to clarify and deepen our devotion to Jesus Christ.
What does the commitment look like?
1. We meet one Saturday a month from January to May.
2. A commitment to a daily time of prayer. You are provided with guided prayer exercises to aide you in your daily times of meditation and prayer.
Location: St Mary on-the-Lake Peace & Spirituality Center, Bellevue
Cost: (includes retreat materials and snacks). $50 deposit due at time of registration, 1/2 of balance on first day of retreat, final payment in March. Payment plans & Scholarships available upon request.
Early-Bird (Register before January 1, 2105), $325
General Registration, $375
Married Couple, $600
Retreat Alumni, $275
*NPSP Clergy may apply to COM for scholarship funds.
Dates of January to May 2015 5-Month Guided Prayer Retreat:
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – 9AM to 3:30PM *lunch provided
Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 9AM to 1PM
Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 9AM to 1PM
Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 9AM to 1PM
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 9AM to 1PM
Optional Wrap-up Retreat: Saturday, June 27, 2015 – 9AM to 2PM | $50 -
Click here for Ignatian 5-Month Registration 2015 form (pdf)
GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION.
Group spiritual direction is a gathering of the Spiritual Exercises Retreat participants to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all of life. Our intention is to assist one another in our deepening awareness of God as we journey through the Spiritual Exercises Retreat. Participants seek support for their responsiveness to God and agree to support others in that same responsiveness. Three conditions are essential to the life of the direction group. Members agree to:
- commit themselves to an honest relationship with God
- participate in the group process through prayerful listening and responding
- to open their spiritual journeys for consideration by others
The depth of sharing necessary in group spiritual direction is grounded in a common trust of God’s desire for each participant individually as well as the group as a whole.
When asked by a friend how she prayed for her, a thirteenth-century anchoress, Julian of Norwich responded “I look at God, I look at you, and I keep on looking at God.” Put simply, the group’s challenge is to keep on looking at God for each person in the group.
2015 Ignatian Spiritual Direction Group, facilitated by Rev. Dr. Robert Slater. Tentative dates: February 7, 2015; March 14, 2015; April 11, 2015; May 16, 2015. Meetings will be held at the RMNW offices and be approximately 1 hour in length. For maximum effectiveness, group size is limited to 8 participants. There will be a charge of $25 per session.
INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUAL DIRECTION appointments will also be available with Rev. Denise Easter, Rev. Dianna Kunce, Rev. Dr. Robert Slater or Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn.
“Praying discernment in a decision making group frankly had never occurred to me. Most likely because it didn’t really seem possible. This is not the first time I have been in a workshop concerning prayerful discernment – however it is the first time I have been in a focused retreat on group discernment. The clarity and the practical processes outlined in your presentation and documents are so valuable both for reference and guidance; personal and for the Body of Christ.” ~ Discernment Workshop Participant
As followers of Jesus, we live, work, and minister in a complex and rapidly changing culture. The church is reforming and recalibrating to minister more effectively in this context. As we face these challenges we need spiritual renewal and to intentionally seek God’s way forward through our practice of communal discernment.
We want to hear God speak into our challenges and our opportunities. We want to learn more about how to do that. At this Half-Day Workshop you will learn and begin to “practice” a process of communal discernment.
By the end of our time you will learn how to:
♦ Awaken your soul to discern the presence and work of the Spirit of Christ.
♦ Identify the Charism/Continuity of the Spirit’s presence and work in your community through Appreciative Inquiry.
♦ Frame Your Question for Discernment – the matter you are putting before the Lord.
♦ Listen for the Voice of Jesus within yourself (the role of silence in listening).
♦ Listen for the Voice of Jesus while listening to others (double listening/holy indifference).
♦ Leave knowing the “next steps” in your own communal discernment process.