A Contemplative Retreat With Poets & Musicians

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Wednesday, March 31 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT

facilitated by Renee Neff-Clark
Free-will offering (suggested contribution, $25)
Gerard W. Hughes, SJ in “Seven Weeks for the Soul” defines the term Metanoia, the Greek word usually translated as penance in English, as “a change of heart.” Hughes goes on to ask, “What does a change of mind and heart mean, and how can we make it happen? In a sense, we cannot affect it: all we can do is be attentive to God and let [God] do the transforming.”  Yet being attentive to God can be difficult in our busy and sometimes challenging lives. One way to be more attentive to God is utilizing the arts such as poetry and music. Poets and musicians can help us to see the sacred in the ordinary; they can help us to see God and experience God in ways we usually do not.  Consider taking time away to join in poetry, in music, in prayer as we seek to open ourselves evermore to the transformative power of God in our lives that causes “a change of heart.”
10:00 a.m. – noon:  Various Poems, Music and Group Lectio Divina
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:  Sharing Time
Please register by March 25. Once your registration is completed, you should receive a confirmation email within a week. Zoom meeting links, along with any additional details and materials Renee would like you to have, will be emailed to you the day prior to each session.  We look forward to seeing you online.
As a free-will offering, no payment is required, but we are grateful for any amount contributed, if you are able. Click here if you would like to contribute now.
Renee Neff-Clark has a degree in Religious Studies and has been a student of the Bible and a leader of Bible Studies throughout her life. The stories of women in Scripture have always held a special place in her heart, as they represent and reflect the lives of all women, both then and now. Although recently having moved to Arizona, Renee continues to share her love of poetry with us.