Practicing Prayer: Exploring and Expanding our Friendship with God

Practicing Prayer is a gathering for those interested in deepening their friendship
with God. We explore contemplative traditions and practices grounded in earliest
Christian history as well as those found in other religions. These practices,
collectively known as Wisdom traditions, provide a lived experience, a journey
undertaken to open to God’s presence within.

We begin each week with silent prayer and then move to a discussion format.
We have read together a number of books, including Richard Rohr, The
Universal Christ; Cynthia Bourgeault, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, and
Paul Ritter, Without Buddha I could not be a Christian. Currently we are
practicing Lectio Divina with poetry. We began this as an Advent practice, and
as it has opened doors of insight and understanding we have continued.

All are welcome. Please email Catherine Crews, catherine.crews@icloud.com,
or text, 479-264-4346 for information. Currently we are meeting on Zoom.

This, then, is what I pray, kneeling before the Father, from whom every family,
whether spiritual or natural, takes its name: Out of his infinite glory, may he give
you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong, so that Christ
may live in your hearts through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love,
you will with all the saints have strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the
height and the depth; until, knowing the love of Christ, which is beyond all
knowledge, you are filled with the utter fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14-19

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