Events & Series

Mystic-a-Month Online Series

Gaining momentum from our Mystics I and Mystics II series in 2019, this monthly Mondays format gives participants the same opportunity to deeply engage the teachings of a single teacher from the tradition. Our presenters include an overview of each mystic’s context as well as a deeper dive into the unique contributions that each mystic made to his/her times. Mystics were often controversial or not recognized in their own times, and even in our times, many conventional settings do not make room for the wisdom teaching of the mystics. Join us for a fascinating view into some of the most mature and mysterious figures from our past. Each 1 ½ hour session will include lecture-style presentation as well as opportunities for small group interactions and Q&A with our presenter. Suggested donation for each session is $15.

October 12, 7-8:30 Topic: Evelyn Underhill, Teacher: Christine Luna Munger

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November 9, 7-8:30 Topic: Hildegard of Bingen, Teacher: Susan Stabile

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December 14, 7-8:30 Topic: Kabir, Teacher: Ward Bauman

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January 11, 7-8:30 Topic: Eihei Dogen, Teacher: Bussho Lahn

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Online Prayer Series

Many spiritual seekers surprisingly report very little training or formation in what it means to pray or how to do it in general. Even fewer folks have had direct access to teaching on specific recognized prayer forms. Many of us yearn for dynamic, transformational prayer lives, but feel at a loss for how to sustain our prayer life. The Prayer series hosted by EHoP consists of short-sessions on particular Christian prayer forms, and intends to offer practical support to people who yearn to pray. Each short session will include an overview of the prayer form, specific instructions and an experience of the prayer form, and opportunity to share with others as well as Q&A with the presenter. Sessions will last three hours and are stand-alone, meaning you can attend one or all of them! Suggested donation for each session is $30.

October, 25, 5-8pm  Introduction to the Jesus Prayer

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In this session, we will learn about the ancient Christian practice of the Jesus Prayer.  Developed in the early centuries of Christianity, the Jesus Prayer involves the repetition of a sacred phrase which is intended to keep one’s mind and heart constantly on the Lord.  The day will include an overview of the historical origins of the prayer method, practical instruction on how to discern your own sacred words, and an actual experience of the prayer method.

November 29, 5-8pm Introduction to Centering Prayer

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In this session, we will engage with the contemplative stream within Christianity.  Often, seekers assume that they must look outside the Christian tradition in order to find prayer practices that are based on the use of silence and sacred words.  Revitalized by the late Trappist monk, Thomas Keating, the modern method of Centering Prayer draws upon ancient Christian Wisdom regarding silent, apophatic prayer.  The day will include an introduction to Centering Prayer, practical tips about how to practice, an experience of the method, and small group reflection about our experiences of the prayer.  A typical session of Centering Prayer includes the use of a sacred word and about 20 minutes of silent sitting.

December 27, 5-8pm Introduction to Engaging Scripture; Lectio Divina

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In this two-part session, we will engage two Christian models for engaging scripture.  Both Lectio Divina and Ignatian Contemplation are time-tested models that welcome people of any level of training to more deeply engage with sacred scriptures.  Both models engage the head and the heart and integrate daily life experience into the reflective process.  The day will include an overview of the historical context of each prayer form, practical tips on how to pray with the scriptures, and an actual experience of each form of prayer. Historically, Lectio Divina has been a monastic practice that has gained popularity in recent decades. It involves a four-tiered process of reading, meditating, praying, and contemplating. In this session, we will address both the individual and group formats.

January 24, 5-8pm Introduction to Engaging Scripture; Ignatian Contemplation

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In this two-part session, we will engage two Christian models for engaging scripture.  Both Lectio Divina and Ignatian Contemplation are time-tested models that welcome people of any level of training to more deeply engage with sacred scriptures.  Both models engage the head and the heart and integrate daily life experience into the reflective process.  The day will include an overview of the historical context of each prayer form, practical tips on how to pray with the scriptures, and an actual experience of each form of prayer. Ignatian Contemplation involves using the imagination and the senses in order to fully enter into the scene of the scriptural text. Ignatius assumed that God speaks to us through our human faculties and encouraged prayers to use these faculties in prayer. In this session, we will experience Ignatius’ evocative method of prayer.