Praying for Mellowness of Heart and Spirit
with Bishop Porter Taylor
In person and on Zoom
Monday, Oct. 11, 2021
7:30PM to 9:00PM
Ron Rolheiser asserts that there are four “nonnegotiable essentials” to the Christian life:
Private Prayer and Private Morality
A Commitment to Social Justice
Community as a Constitutive Element of True Worship
Mellowness of Heart and of the Spirit
Other theologians agree on the first three essentials, often labelled as the journeys inward, outward, and together. Rolheiser offers the unique “Mellowness of Heart and Spirit.” We will explore what a tender heart looks like and why it is essential both for our individual journey and for our corporate identity. According to Rolheiser, “Sanctity is as much about having a mellow heart as it is about believing and doing the right things, as much about proper energy as about truth.” How might we be agents of unity in these times? What is the heart work that is required of us? How can mellow hearts enable us to be instruments of a Holy Communion?
~ Bishop Taylor joined the Diocese of Virginia as Assisting Bishop in July 1, 2020 after retiring as Bishop of the Diocese of Western North Carolina in 2016. In retirement, he also joined the faculty of Wake Forest University Divinity School. Bishop Taylor holds a Master of Divinity, a Ph.D. in Theology and Literature, and a B.A. and M. A. in English. He and his wife Jo, an artist, are based in both Arlington, VA, and Asheville, NC ~
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St. Aidan’s has two labyrinths for walking prayer and meditation. The outdoor labyrinth, located between the memorial garden and Riverside Road, is always available. The labyrinth in the church is available most of the year and is used during special services and retreats. We can also arrange to open the church at other times for those who would like to walk the labyrinth.
Nov. 17 at 7:30 pm
An Evening with
Steve Garnaas-Holmes of Unfolding Light.
Continuing Classes and Offerings
A Series of Conversations on Race and Faith
Sept. 12, 26
Oct. 10, 24
Nov. 7, 14
We invite you to join in Sacred Ground, a curriculum that calls us to read, watch and learn about the history of race and racism in America. In six sessions this fall, we will explore together an online curriculum that focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino and Asian/Pacific Americans as their histories intersect with European American history, and the impact of it all on our world today. To register, email email@example.com.
the Gospel of Thomas
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 pm Zoom
The Gospel of Thomas is new to most of us and it is at the same time ancient. It may well be the oldest of the gospel writings. This gathering of sayings of Jesus seems to have been a source for the writers of the canonical gospels. The sayings from this text, which was found in a cave in Egypt in 1945, have contributed to a new appreciation of Jesus as a wisdom teacher in the Eastern tradition. We meet twice a month to work with one or two of the 114 sayings through lectio divina, or sacred listening. All are welcome for this reflection/meditation/discussion gathering. You do not need to have attended previous meetings to participate.
2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Zoom
We gather on these Thursdays for conversation about the Spiritual Life. We meet in this community of others who, with us, long to become the sound, whole persons our traditions tell us we were created to become. The leader for the evening opens with a reading, we share the guidelines for welcoming conversation, then those who wish to are invited to speak about the experience of trying to live intentionally the life to which they feel called.
Silent Prayer, & Meditation
In the Sanctuary on Tuesday mornings
via Zoom on Friday mornings
at 8:00 am
We light a candle and spend 25 minutes in silence. The last person out of the room blows out the candle. It is that simple. Those who seek to include meditation in their weekly practice often find it easier to do so in the company of others.