Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
– Luke 17: 21
Beginning January 2019, you are invited to participate with your church community on a yearlong all-church Spiritual Journey program. The aim of the program is to provide each of us with a foundation for deeper understanding and experience of the spiritual journey through the teaching of Thomas Keating, in concert with the teachings of the Work of Inner Christianity, Bernadette Roberts, Ilia Delio and other wisdom teachers.
We wish for this yearlong, program to support our community in its unfolding evolution and growth, as we make a conscious intention as a community to continue to deepen our consent to live a God-centered life and listen together for God’s guidance.
Here are some key aspects of our 2019 all-church Spiritual Journey program:
- The program begins on Monday, January 14, 2019 and ends on Thursday, December 26, 2019.
- You will receive two emails each week on Monday and Thursday. Monday’s email will include an excerpt from the Spiritual Journey video series.
- Thursday’s email will expand the theme introduced on Monday and include other voices and related teachings, and often a more recent Thomas Keating video segment.
- Transcripts will accompany all video segments.
- You are invited to participate in weekly in-person or online Zoom Journey Groups for reflections, questions and sharing with others in a small group. Sign up for Journey Groups will also begin in early January.
- You have access to the course materials anytime, anywhere you have internet connection.
- There is no fee to participate in the program, although there are significant costs to the church to offer it. A donation of $100 is suggested and all level of donations are gratefully received.
More information about the program can be found here in the FAQs.
You are invited to prayerfully discern your participation and register online here. Journey Group sign-up will be offered in January.
“[This] is an attempt to provide a roadmap, as it were, for the journey that begins when Centering Prayer is seriously undertaken and to point to some of the recognizable landmarks on the journey, as well as to its ultimate destination. The latter is not so much a goal to be attained, as an ever more resolute commitment to the journey.
“Although [this program] seeks to establish a dialogue between the insights of contemporary psychology and the classic Christian spiritual masters, its primary goal is practical: to provide a solid conceptual background for the practice of contemplative prayer and the spiritual journey for our time. We are called to this journey not just for our own personal growth, but also for the sake of the whole human community.”
– Thomas Keating, Invitation to Love: The Way of Christian Contemplation