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Wellness and Spirituality Adult Forum

Sundays from 10:10 to 11 a.m. in the Ministry Center

It’s a new decade—time to be intentional about deepening your relationship with God. During Lent, we will offer a series of forums on a variety of spiritual practices—Practical Spirituality Forums. Fill up your spiritual tool kit! Experience the light of Christ and learn to rest in the mysterious power of God’s love for us. Questions? Contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie.

Note: All Public Worship Services and Church-Sponsored Gatherings Canceled. Learn more.

Sunday, March 8: Coffee with the Clergy

All are welcome, especially newcomers, for coffee and conversation with our clergy. Bring your questions, concerns, and comments. Nothing is off the table! We want to hear what you're thinking.

Sunday, March 15: Spirituality in Nature with Joanne Menke and Margaret Bain

For many of us, time spent outdoors refreshes our spirit and restores our sense of well-being. Nature provides an ongoing invitation to be with God, to use all of our senses to slow down, explore, wonder and receive. What do we notice—beauty, decay, growth, relationships? In this forum we’ll begin to open up ways to connect with creation and to listen deeply for the spiritual insights that await us. Weather permitting we’ll be outside. If not, we will be in the Ministry Center.

Joanne Menke is a longtime member of Holy Comforter. During her years in this community she has learned about and embraced a variety of contemplative practices including ways to deepen her connection with God in nature.

Sunday, March 22: Movement as Prayer with Celestine Jones

Movement as prayer has its roots in ancient, traditional dance and worship practices from all over the world. The body, mind and soul work in union allow God to move through us. The steps are simple and repetitive In the practice, we will move together as a community to music of Taizé chants, ancient and contemporary tunes.

Celestine Jones joined with a sacred dance circle 5 years ago. It has become her place to go for joy and solace and sharing this life with the community of Holy Comforter. She has attended workshops and retreats and regularly practices with a group in Arlington, VA.

Sunday, March 29: Walking the Labyrinth with the Rev. Ann  Gillespie

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. Join the Rev. Ann Gillespie for an introduction to the labyrinth. Weather permitting we’ll be outside. If not, we will be in the Ministry Center.