Welcome to Contemplative Spirituality at Trinity...
Contemplative Spirituality is an ancient practice of bringing a deeper awareness of God’s presence in our lives through prayer and contemplation.
When we practice Contemplative Prayer in the midst of lives filled with busyness we begin to notice a new stillness which we carry within. We cannot change the external noise, however, we can practice staying fully present in each moment. The world needs this gift which we all carry within. All we have to do is practice. This is not easy, though it is indeed life changing.
Here at Trinity you will find a quiet space where you can deepen your contemplative practice, or learn for the first time what contemplative spirituality is, and the impact it can have on your life. You have the opportunity to learn and practice Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina and other prayer practices which invite us into a place of deeper listening for the ways in which God speaks within us. We share in sacred listening and gratitude practice as well.
All are welcome!
WEDNESDAYS WITH CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY
Wednesday evenings on Zoom
Join us the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month on Zoom. You will find a quiet space where you can deepen your contemplative practice or learn for the first time what contemplative spirituality is, and the impact it can have on your life. We practice Centering Prayer well as other prayer practices such as Lectio Divina, explore mandalas, reflect on the teaching of the ancient mystics and present day mystics. Each evening there is also time for small group sacred listening as we share what has been stirring in us during our practice. All are welcome.
Details on in-person meeting coming soon...
IONA PILGRIMAGE | September 8-18, 2022
You are invited to join Celtic Teacher John Philip Newell and pilgrims from around the world for a week of reflection, spiritual practice and community on the Isle of Iona in Scotland. Each day begins with silent prayer and meditation in the 13th-century Chapel of St Michael. Then mid-morning John Philip offers teachings grounded in Celtic wisdom, inviting us to further awaken to the sacredness of the earth and every human being, and calling us to translate this awareness into action in our lives and world. Lunchtime and afternoons are free for hiking, conversation, and rest. Then in the early evening we gather again, this time in the ancient Chapel of St Oran, to reflect on the themes of the day through simple chant, ritual, and prayer. Our breakfasts and evening meals are communal. And one day in the week we walk together the nine-mile pilgrimage route around the island as we pray for new beginnings in our families, communities, and nations.
The trip will be led by Cami Twilling.
There are only two rooms left (one double - must have double occupancy and one single room, both with sea views). For questions, contact: Cami Twilling
SCHOOL OF EARTH & SOUL
In 2016 John Philip Newell began a teaching initiative that is now called The School of Earth & Soul (formerly The School of Celtic Consciousness.) Its purpose is to reawaken awareness of the sacred in all things through the recovery of Celtic wisdom for today and to help translate this awareness into compassionate action and justice.
Visit the Earth & Soul website here
The school follows a three-year cycle of teaching and spiritual practice in its annual retreats. Participants may join at any stage in the three-year cycle and attend any of the Earth & Soul venues across the country.
Celtic Wisdom 1: Sacred Soul (reawakening to the sacredness of every human being through the teachings of Pelagius, St Brigid, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
Celtic Wisdom 2: Sacred Earth (reawakening to the sacredness of the earth and every creature through the teachings of Eriugena, the Carmina Gadelica, and John Muir)
Celtic Wisdom 3: Sacred Vision (reawakening to the sacredness of the human imagination and compassionate action through the teachings of Alexander John Scott, George MacLeod, and Kenneth White)
What is Celtic Christianity…
One of the most cherished images in the Celtic world is the memory of John the Beloved leaning against Jesus at the Last Supper. It was said of him that he therefore heard the heartbeat of God. He became a symbol of the practice of listening, listening for the beat of the Sacred deep within ourselves, within one another, and within the body of the earth. This is the Christianity that emerged in the Celtic world in the earliest centuries. And it is a stream of Christian wisdom that is flowing again. It moves us to be aware of the Sacred at the heart of every moment and it calls us back into true relationship with the earth, with one another, and with what is deepest in ourselves, all made of God.
You are invited to…
- Discover an ancient Christian wisdom which invites us into earth honoring spirituality.
- Journey with others who find fresh insight within the Celtic tradition.
- Find strength for the work of healing in the world.