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A Center for Wellness and Spirituality

We are a God-centered, spiritually inclusive, community dedicated to expanding our spiritual awareness in a joyful atmosphere of love, acceptance, fellowship, and service.

The center exists to help you take charge of your well-being and spirituality. No matter where you are on your journey to increased well-being and transformation, we encourage you to discover, learn, engage and be part of our community. We invite you to read our vision statement HERE.

The Reverend Ann GillespieThe Reverend Ann Gillespie, is the Senior Associate Rector and Director of the Center for Wellness and Spirituality. Ann brings to parish ministry a 23-year career as an actress in television and theater and 18 years as a yoga teacher. Ann’s acting career included many guest-starring roles. Some may remember her recurring characters as “Kelly’s mom” on Beverly Hills, 90210 and the second iteration in the 2000’s called ‘90201’ and Nurse Jabara on Star Trek’s Deep Space 9.

She is passionate about the ways her work as priest combines the ritual and pageantry of theater with the healing and transformation of yoga. She designed her own brand of yoga called Finding God in Your Body that has been offered in multiple church and diocesan settings.

What We Offer:

Sundays at Holy Comforter

  • Feasting on the Word Bible Study: We gather in the Chapel to examine one of the Lectionary Readings for the day with the help of a facilitator. Exploring the Bible before or after a service feeds the soul and enriches the worship experience. Each session is independent. No registration required. Just show up!
  • Adult Forum: Each week the Ministry Center will be the venue for a program related to wellness and spirituality. Topics range from Addiction and Recovery, to Spiritual Discernment, to Environmental Wellness, to Navigating the Holidays. Come explore subjects that particularly interest you as well as topics you know nothing about. Learn about upcoming offerings HERE.

Seasonal Offerings

  • We mark the seasons of Advent and Lent with special offerings on Sundays, and with quiet days.
  • 2020 Lenten theme: Go Deeper with God: Lent is a season to look within and we have created special activities to help you Go Deeper with God. Learn more HERE.

Special Programs

Throughout the year, watch for special one-time programs geared towards current concerns and issues that affect our life together.

Episcopal 101

If you want to know more about the Episcopal Church or Holy Comforter or are interested in being received as a member of Holy Comforter (or being baptized or confirmed), then this class is for you. Registration for the 2020 class has closed. We will offer it again in January 2021. For more information, contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie.

Small Groups

Small groups (8–12 people) meet regularly for book study, discussion, prayer and fellowship. Days of the week, times and locations vary. Learn more HERE. If you are interested in joining or starting a group, contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie.

Wellness Services/Practitioners

A variety of services for healing and revitalization are offered at or in affiliation with Holy Comforter. These include Spiritual Guidance, Gestalt Pastoral Care and Reiki healing. Learn more HERE.

Pastoral Care Ministries

The following ministries support the many ways we journey with each other in transitional moments of life, whether in times of celebration, illness crisis, or grief.

The Labyrinth

Labyrinths are an ancient form of walking meditation that flowered in medieval times with the building of the great Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Labyrinths can be used to quiet the mind, recover balance in life, and to foster spiritual discernment. The practice of labyrinth walking integrates the body, mind, and spirit. Our labyrinth is located outside behind the church. Printed guides are located in the wooden stand by the Labyrinth entrance.