Events & Series

Teaching Series

From the Ground Up by Cyprian Consiglio

Monthly, on every fourth Saturday (1/30, 2/27, 3/27, 4/24, 5/29, 6/26, 7/31, 8/28, 9/25, 10/30, 11/27, 12/25)
10:30-11:45 a.m.

Suggested donation: $20 a session, $180 for all sessions ($15 each)

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This series will be an exploration of our understanding of God, through a re-articulation of the Persons of the Trinity and a discovery of the hidden energies of Christianity. Much of it will be based on the writings for Bruno Barnhart and Raimundo Panikkar, and draw on sources from the world’s great spiritual traditions.

Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam. is a Camaldolese Benedictine monk, musician, composer, author and teacher. He has over a dozen recordings of his music, and published three books and numerous articles. Cyprian has studied, taught and worked in the field of interreligious dialogue, and for a period of time traveled extensively throughout the world, performing as well as studying and teaching. He currently serves as the prior of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur.

 

 

 

 

Praying with the Psalms by Susan Stabile

Tuesday Evenings: February 2, 9, 16, 23
7-9 pm

Suggested donation: $100

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Our program begins on February 2, with a talk that provides background to the psalms and suggests ways to pray with them, a period of silent reflection on a psalm, and time for sharing and dialogue. You will then be given material for your prayer for a three-week period; you are invited to, each day, contemplate a psalm, related it to your life, and speak to God about what’s on your heart. At our gatherings on February 9, 16 and 23, you will have the opportunity to share the fruits of your contemplative experience for the preceding week, and raise any questions or issues that arose during your time with the psalms.

Susan Stabile is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and an adjunct instructor in Theology at St. Catherine’s University. She previously held the position of Director of the University of St. Thomas Office for Spirituality. Susan is a spiritual director and retreat leader trained in the Ignatian tradition. She offers individual spiritual direction and conducts retreats, RCIA and adult faith formation classes, and other programs at parishes, retreat houses and other venues. Susan is the author of Growing in Love and Wisdom (Oxford University Press) and the blog, Creo en Dios!, on which she posts spiritual reflections and podcasts.

 

 

 

 

 

The Inner Life of Stories: Writing as Deep Listening Small Group by Elizabeth Jarret Andrew

Twice a month, on Thursday afternoons: 2/18, 3/4/, 3/18, 4/1/, 4/15, 4/29
1:30-3:00

Suggested donation: $150

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What mysterious life-force inspires our writing? How can writers best serve that life? Creative writing is a call-and-response between self and Other, willful exertion and receptivity, deep privacy and, at times, a public audience. Building on Robert Frost’s wisdom, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader; no surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader,” we will open ourselves to tears and surprises as we listen for what emerges on the page. At each gathering we will write together, discuss one dimension of writing as a contemplative practice, and support one another’s ongoing writing habits with careful listening. This small group is for writers of every level, from beginning to experienced, who want to strengthen the spiritual dimension of their writing life.

Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of the novel Hannah, Delivered, the spiritual memoir Swinging on the Garden Gate, a collection of personal essays, On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness, and two books on writing: Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice, winner of the silver Nautilus Award, and Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir. She works independently as a developmental writing coach and teaches through Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality. You can connect with Elizabeth at www.spiritualmemoir.com and www.elizabethjarrettandrew.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wholeness in Uncertain Times: Zen Wisdom in Conversation with Christianity by Rev. Bussho Lahn

Tuesday Evenings: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
6-8 pm

Suggested donation: $125

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Join us for an opportunity to engage in dialogue between the Christian and Buddhist traditions. This unique, rich, and experiential series invites participants to work with one traditional Zen koan (traditional teaching story) each week, watching it shift, change, and ultimately blossom into greater self-awareness, self-compassion, and the wisdom inherent in love. Each week will feature an assigned koan, an experiential exercise, time for discussion and exploration, a teaching presentation designed to support and facilitate deeper engagement, and handouts of all related material for further individual exploration. A commitment to a daily meditation practice is requested. Each class will be recorded, so participants will be able to access all the material throughout the course of our month together. Please join us for this opportunity to connect with yourself, and also with other courageous, inspiring, and like-minded souls.

Rev. Bussho Lahn first came to Zen Buddhism in 1993, was ordained in 2009, and became a full priest in 2015. Bussho is a trained spiritual director, connecting with and mentoring those who wish to deepen an intentional and contemplative spiritual life. He explores the connection between spirituality and psychology. He is active in both the recovery and Christian contemplative communities and teaches and leads retreats and overseas pilgrimages through the Episcopal House of Prayer and the Aslan Institute.

 

 

 

 

Dialogue as Spiritual Practice by Christine Luna Munger

Tuesday Evenings: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
6-8 pm

Suggested donation: $100

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Join Christine Luna Munger for this four-part experiential, skill-based teaching series based on her work with Contemplative Dialogue. This workshop responds to folks’ desires to learn how to engage one another in civil dialogue; this workshop responds to the need for practical, concrete tools and postures which support meaningful engagement with others. Through a framework of Contemplative Dialogue with Self, Others, and God, we will explore values, skills, postures, and practices that promote deep encounter.

Christine Luna Munger, Ph D currently serves as the Director of the Episcopal House of Prayer. She served as Coordinator & Professional Professor of Theology for the Spiritual Direction Certificate in the graduate department of Theology at St. Catherine University from 2012-2018. Christine has published resources for spiritual direction for Spiritual Directors International (SDI), including the Comparison of Helping Relationships chart, a brochure-What to Expect in Christian Spiritual Direction, two SDI Learns From…videos, and an article—Five Ordinary Movements in Spiritual Direction. Christine is a wife and mother of two young children. She is bilingual (English & Spanish) and enjoys all forms of dance and being outdoors.

 

 

 

 

Chant: Giving Voice to Contemplative Prayer

Offered by Gary Barrett and Bill Brand

Friday, December 10 (in-person, introductory)

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Suggested donation: $75

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Sacred chant is integral to almost every spiritual path and is integral to the communal contemplative practices at the Episcopal House of Prayer. In this one-day workshop, participants will explore the sacred foundations and practices of chant, experiencing how chant can enliven and enrich both private and shared contemplative practices.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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

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February 8, 7-8:30 Topic: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Teacher: Susan Stabile

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March 8, 7-8:30 Topic: Julian of Norwich, Teacher: Christine Luna Munger

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April 12, 7-8:30 Topic: Francis of Assisi, Teacher: Susan Stabile

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May 10, 7-8:30 Topic: Thomas Merton, Teacher: Christine Luna Munger

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June 14, 7-8:30 Topic: Howard Thurman, Teacher: Rev. Dr. Janet Johnson

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July 12, 7-8:30 Topic: Ignatius of Loyola Teacher: Susan Stabile

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August 9, 7-8:30 Topic: Black Elk, Teacher: Ward Bauman

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September 13, 7-8:30 Topic: Xinggang, Teacher: Bussho Lahn

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October 11, 7-8:30 Topic: Sojourner Truth, Teacher: Claire Bischoff

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November 8, 7-8:30 Topic: St. John of the Cross, Teacher: Christine Luna Munger

December 13, 7-8:30 Topic: Rabia Basri, Teacher: Ward Bauman

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Online Prayer Series

Series teacher: Christine Luna Munger

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.

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

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Lectio Divina is a time-tested practice that welcomes people of any level of training to more deeply engage with sacred scriptures.  This prayer form engages the head and the heart and integrates daily life experience into the reflective process.  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. The session will include an historical overview, practical tips on how to pray with the scriptures, and an actual experience of Lectio Divina.

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

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Ignatian Contemplation is a time-tested practice that welcomes people of any level of training to more deeply engage with sacred scriptures.  This prayer form engages the head and the heart and integrates daily life experience into the reflective process.  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.  The session will include an historical overview, practical tips on how to pray with the scriptures, and an actual experience of Ignatian Contemplation.

February 26, 4-7pm Introduction to Daily Examen

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In this session, we will learn about the Daily Examen as taught by St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Over 500 years ago, Ignatius introduced this daily method, with six concrete steps, of reviewing one’s day as if engaged in a dialogical conversation with God.  As a foundational Christian prayer practice, Ignatius recommended that his followers do their daily Examen even if they could do no other prayer during the day.  The day will include exposure to both the ancient and contemporary versions of the prayer form, practical tips on how to pray, and an actual experience of the prayer form.

March 26, 4-7pm Introduction to Discernment

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In this session, we will engage long-standing Christian teaching about how to recognize the voice of God within our daily lives.  Given the many directions in which our attention can be drawn amidst the many voices that speak to us, we will learn to distinguish signs of God’s communications to us from other voices.  The day will include an overview of Christian discernment, specific techniques for discernment from within the Ignatian tradition, and practice with a variety of contemporary reflection models that support good discernment.

April 30, 4-7pm Introduction to the Rosary/Prayer Beads

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Prayer beads are a part of every major religious tradition. Their general intent is to align spoken or whispered words with the body and the breath. In the Christian family, the use of prayer beads emerged alongside recitation of the Jesus Prayer. As early as the ninth century, devotional use of prayer beads associated with the Hail Mary and meditating on the events of the life of Christ began to emerge. After a few centuries, the official church formalized a structure and set of mysteries which came to be known as the Rosary. In this session, we will broadly review the use of prayer beads across faith traditions and explore the history of the Rosary more specifically. We will also practice the communal form of the Rosary together, with opportunity for questions and reflection.

May 28, 4-7pm Introduction to the Liturgy of the Hours

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Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office, or Common Prayer historically was carried in the Christian tradition by the monastic lineages, of which ancient roots called for a rhythm of praying seven times daily in common with other community members. As the practice continues in religious communities and extends to more members of the laity, the modern structure often calls for a basic rhythm of prayer in the morning, noon, evening, and before bed. The content of the Common Prayer draws mostly from the Psalms, hymns, scripture, and sacred texts from the tradition, and the structure varies over time and among communities. In this session, we will review the history and structure of the Liturgy of the Hours, explore its use in modern communities, and practice a contemporary expression together.

June 25, 4-7pm Introduction to the the Labyrinth

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Labyrinths are over 4,000 years old. There are various styles of the labyrinth paths and they are made of stone, dirt, brick, patterned into floors, made on canvas, and miniature finger-versions in wood. The labyrinth can be found in many sacred traditions, including the Christian tradition. Some medieval cathedrals have labyrinths that were used as a form of pilgrimage. Perhaps the most famous labyrinth is in Chartres Cathedral in France. The labyrinth engages the body, mind, and spirit through the walking of its twists and turns. Labyrinths are winding paths that lead purposefully to a center and return outward by the same path. In this session, we will review the broad history of labyrinths with a focus on their use in the Christian tradition, we will explore the inner/outer dynamics of the prayer form, and practice using a labyrinth together.

July 30, 4-7pm Introduction to Intercessory/Healing Prayer

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Praying for others is a staple of Christian practice. It takes many forms, ranging from the formal petitions of weekly communal worship, to the child’s nighttime prayers for family and friends, to the laying on of hands. Intercessory prayer has recently been distinguished from petitionary prayer as a more open-ended form of prayer that seeks to ‘pray the prayer God is already praying’ in the person. Healing prayer also carries the marks of modern practice in contemporary Healing Touch, which has a direct connection to traditional laying on of hands. In this session we will broadly review the historical roots of these two forms of prayer, explore their modern expressions, and practice each prayer form with opportunity for reflection.

August 27, 4-7pm 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, or Prayer of the Heart, involves the repetition of a sacred phrase which is intended to keep one’s mind and heart constantly on the Lord. The session 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.

September 24, 4-7pm Introduction to the 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, imageless prayer. A typical session of Centering Prayer includes the use of a sacred word and about 20 minutes of silent sitting.  The session 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.

October 29, 4-7pm Introduction to Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina is a time-tested practice that welcomes people of any level of training to more deeply engage with sacred scriptures. This prayer form engages the head and the heart and integrates daily life experience into the reflective process. 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. The session will include an historical overview, practical tips on how to pray with the scriptures, and an actual experience Lectio Divina.

November 19, 4-7pm Introduction to the Centering Prayer

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In this session, we will explore the group model related to the classic model of one-to-one spiritual direction. The session will include an overview of the model within the broader framework of Christian spiritual direction, an opportunity to learn relevant contemplative skills such as listening, responding, sharing, waiting, and beholding, and an actual experience of a group spiritual direction session.