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July 2022 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Mystics,

Greetings of love and peace from Two Thomases Hermitage, Day 842. 

Our Releasing an Enslaved Spirit Big Sit on June 18th gathered people from Hawaii to Kenya and South Africa to center together, inspired by Michael Battle, Desmond Tutu, and Howard Thurman. You can experience it with us on our YouTube recording here. Some participants commented: 

  • My first Big Sit and I will look forward to more. I love the way so many folks get to participate creatively. Also love the relaxed acceptance when things go awry for a moment. Beautiful contemplative vibe from start to finish.

  • I'm new to contemplative prayer and centering prayer, but I found this "big sit" so very inspiring. Perhaps because their meditations fit in perfectly with the work I'm doing.

Love draws us closer,
Maggie

You're invited to our upcoming events

With Merton and Keating's Roadmap, Where Do We Go From Here?
Sat, July 16th 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET

We are excited to gather on July 16th via Zoom with four esteemed wisdom teachers. Ed Bacon, Vernon Dixon, Victor Kramer, and David Rensberger join us for a lively discussion on Merton and Keating's roadmap and what it means for us today.
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We Gather Together - Divine Feminine Big Sit
Sat, Aug 20th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Join us for an inspiring morning of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, and Taize' chant reflecting on the feminine characteristics of the Divine. Our reflection will be drawn from the writings of Julian of Norwich.
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Body Presence & Contemplative Awareness BioSpiritual Focusing Workshop
Sat, Sep 10th 9:30 AM - 2:15 PM ET

Mike Smoolca leads us in discovery of a deeper awareness of healing and wisdom accessible to each of us through our bodies. We'll establish BioSpiritual Focusing’s place in Body Awareness Practice and participants will experimentally be introduced to focusing concepts including a demonstration and discussion of Focusing.
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Reflection: Don't Run After Them

By Maggie Winfrey

I heard a voice alerting me seconds before I tumbled over onto a New Jersey sidewalk and broke my hand. A few days later I walked away from a dream I’d had since my teenage years. I felt warned of more than my impending fall.

It said, “Don’t run after them.”

I’d been hurrying to catch up with two Missionary of Charity sisters on their way to a daily home visit to people in need. I was living with them in their convent in Plainfield.

Long before I sensed a divine nudging begin in me when I was 16. In the years following I kept wondering what it meant as I raised two sons alone and taught kids to read and learn English. My life was happy and full with close relationships and meaningful work supported by daily contemplative practice. I became close to the Atlanta Missionaries of Charity by volunteering at their Gift of Grace House, a hospice for poor women with AIDS. I wondered if the next step would be to leave my life behind to embrace Mother Teresa’s contemplatives’ grueling schedule. Would it bring me closer to God?

Read Maggie's full reflection in our Journal
Would you like to volunteer to help Contemplative Outreach Atlanta grow? We welcome you. Your involvement can be a one-time activity, such as helping plan or participate in a Big Sit. We also welcome ongoing support for things like Zoom/website support, event management, or helping post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Please contact us here if you would like to be part of our expanding team.

We’d love to hear what you think, what you want to know more about, and how we can support your Centering Prayer practice. Email us here.

Please know that we deeply appreciate your donation in any amount to our non-profit chapter of international Contemplative Outreach. It helps us to continue providing resources and support for you. You can donate on our website here.

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Other Events:

October 10th-16th.  Contemplative Outreach Atlanta presents a Five-Day Intensive/Post Intensive retreat. Registration/more info here.

2nd Wednesday of every month: Contemplative Outreach Tampa Bay hosts monthly Julian Meetings on Zoom. Session includes a 20 minute Centering Prayer session, a Lectio reading from Julian with sharing. Information here.

July 16th Two sessions 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM ET. The Monastery of the Holy Spirit presents Br. Michael's retreat Spirituality of Imperfection on Zoom. As we go deeper we hear God's gentle voice loving us boundlessly.  To register, please call the retreat house office at 770-760-0959 Mon-Fri 8:00 – 1:00. Donation $45. Visit them here.

July 23rd 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET in-person and livestreamed.  Mary and Martha’s Place hosts Brie Stoner presenting Unknowing: The Spiritual Path of Creative Possibility. In the wake of Uvalde, threats to our democracy, and the climate crisis, can we find a place to stand? Are you ready to Un-know what “has been” to make room for “what could be”?  Unknowing is both a spiritual path and a practice that nurtures our creative cycle and personal transformation. Registration/more info here.

July 30th Two sessions 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM ET. Monastery of the Holy Spirit presents Br. Mark's retreat Befriending Fear on Zoom. As we go deeper we hear God's gentle voice loving us boundlessly.  To register, please call the retreat house office at 770-760-0959 Mon-Fri 8:00 – 1:00. Donation $45. Visit them here.

October 22nd 9:30AM - 3:00PM Cathedral of St. Philip presents their 13th Annual Spirituality Conference with Michael Battle. Registration/more info here.

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