Our Great African-American Spiritual Teachers (Zoom)

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March 11-12 | Friday, 7:00 p.m. - Saturday, 3:00 p.m. CST

facilitated by Judith Valente and Patricia Pickett
Cost: $25
When we face challenges that seem too daunting to overcome, where can we find the strength to carry on? There is an inexhaustible wellspring of energy available to us in the voices of our great African-American spiritual teachers whose hard-won wisdom emerges from the crucible of suffering. We will explore the teachings of just a few of them, including Howard Thurman, a mystic and philosopher whose writings have been compared to Thomas Merton’s, and Catholic Sister Thea Bowman, whose cause for canonization is under way. We will also enter into how African-Americans access the divine and deal creatively with life’s struggles through music and the visual arts.

Please register by March 3. Once we have received your registration, we will send you an invoice for the retreat. Please know we have scholarships available; if you would like to make a request, email S. Carol Ann at sophia@mountosb.org. We strongly encourage you to add sophia@mountosb.org to your email contacts to ensure the delivery of our emails regarding important information for your retreat. We look forward to seeing you at Sophia.

Judith Valente was once a hard-charging journalist who worked for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, national PBS-TV, and two NPR affiliates in Illinois. She left daily journalism in 2019 to focus on writing that helps busy people slow down and find greater meaning in their daily lives. She is the author of several spirituality titles, including The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed; Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith, the memoir of her time living as a laywoman at a Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kan.; and How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community. Her most recent book is a collaboration with a Trappist monk, titled How to Be: A Monk & A Journalist Reflect on Living & Dying, Purpose & Prayer, Forgiveness & Friendship. She co-edited the award-winning anthology Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul and is the author of two poetry collections. She has received numerous awards for her writing and leads frequent retreats on how to live a more contemplative life in the secular world.

Patricia Pickett’s approach to pastoral ministry and theological teaching includes praying in color, and combining Scripture, art and music. She received a Mayor’s Prize for communication for her work with differently-abled persons and the Theodore Trost prize for pastoral ministry. Pat holds a Master’s of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, a certification in Clinical Pastoral Education from University of Rochester, and a Master’s in Religious Education and Sculpture from University of San Diego. She is an oblate of St. Benedict’s Monastery and has long worked with differently-abled people, nursing home residents, and the Latinx community.