"Grace is Insidious! Appreciating the Subtlety of God’s Action in Our Lives": The weekend will be devoted to the spiritual art of detection, learning to recognize hidden signs in our experience of the subtle touch of God’s versatile, searching and tender grace.
"And Still I Rise: Women's Work in Scripture, Song and Church": The voice and leadership of women of faith has too often been obscured or marginalized in the church due to social and cultural prohibitions. This program will re-examine the voice and ministry of powerful women in Scripture to find models for leadership in a contemporary context. Through the use of song, icon, poetry, discussion, small groups and guided meditations, participants will look to their own unique gifts to strengthen their voices and discern God's call to be leaders in the church of the 21st century.
"Lost and Found: Parables in Luke": A parable is first of all a story, usually a colorful story, which is designed to be so ambiguous that it forces the listener to think seriously and creatively about its meaning, to go behind the story to life itself. In the ninth chapter of Luke, Jesus “sets his face for Jerusalem,” beginning his slow journey to the cross and resurrection. This is Jesus’ last opportunity to share several unique parables with his followers.
Quiet Day: "Mary Magdalene as Spiritual Guide"
The story of Mary Magdalene reveals what it means to be fully present to God and to bear witness to God’s life-giving acts and can be a model for all who seek a deeper relationship with the holy and for any who would serve as a spiritual companion to others.
The day will include readings, group exercises and prayer that will lead into reflection on four aspects of the spiritual journey. The day will be accompanied by four original sculptures of Mary Magdalene that are meditations on the arc of her ministry and witness.
In this prayer-filled natural setting, explore ways to restore the soul, refresh the body and delight the senses. This day's offerings will include a morning guided meditation, a labyrinth walk and time to relax. Come and enjoy Adelynrood’s delicious food and beautiful gardens. The gift of free time will abound to read, rest, journal or simply be. Massage and Reiki will be available for an additional fee.
"Too Close For Comfort? Living With the Psalms and Ourselves": This retreat will be a close look at the Psalms, both the glorious hymns of praise and those that include bitter curses. Why is this book of poetry in the Bible, and why does it continue to be at the center of Christian devotion? Participants will be asked to reflect on and discuss their own experience of the Psalms.
Stroll through the gardens, tour Adelynrood and enjoy refreshments.
Free - Groups of four or more are encouraged to RSVP.
Adelynrood is a retreat and conference center owned and operated by the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. Visit www.adelynrood.org for more information.
LOVE Matters is an intimate and inspiring event that brings together a diverse community of people who are invested in the next generation of leaders and committed to God’s dream of justice in the city of Boston and beyond. It is the culmination of a collaborative campaign led by current Life Together fellows and staff to raise $35,000.
Join the brothers and interns of the Society of St. John the Evangelist in remembering youth lost to suicide in recent years due to bullying and discrimination around their sexual and gender orientation. Share a time of healing for all those whose lives have been affected by such tragic loss.
The vigil begins in next-door John F. Kennedy Park with prayer and candle lighting, then proceeds to the Monastery Chapel.
• The Rt. Rev. M.