Jesus, a Spiritual Director
with Steve Garnaas-Holmes
In person and on Zoom
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
7:30PM to 9:00PM
For many people, Jesus is not a person but a thing, an idea, an object of belief, or essentially a movie character (in a film they're never seen); or the kind of invisible friend of “Jesus is my copilot” bumper stickers. But Jesus is more real than that—and more complicated. He’s a theological figure (Messiah, Son of God), an archetypal character (trickster, Wisdom teacher, Cosmic Christ) and also a personal friend, an intercessor, a healer, a listener.
So how do we relate to this guy? For some, Jesus is coming in judgment, and you'd better “up your game” or be very afraid. Well, that's not right. But if Jesus isn't coming to shame us, what does it mean for Jesus to judge us, or admonish us, or even just teach us something new?
Some ask “What would Jesus do?” But that's a fraught question: his own disciples standing right in front of him couldn't predict what he would do. Some say “Jesus told me...” Does Jesus talk to us? Some say yes, Jesus conveys the truth to us. But how? How do we listen for Jesus and really hear the Living Word, not just a projection of what's in our heads?
Let’s explore how to not just believe in Jesus but to interact with him, as one whose spirit works in harmony with ours. Maybe we can discover how Jesus can be our spiritual director.
Steve Garnaas-Holmes is a retired United Methodist pastor and the author of Unfolding Light--a daily reflection rooted in a contemplative, Creation-centered spirituality, often
inspired by his daily walk in the woods. In poems, parables, psalms, thoughts and the odd weather report, Steve hopes to invite readers into a spirit of presence, compassion, justice and delight. He and his wife live in Maine. They have three adult sons whom they love dearly.
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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.
Dec. 15 at 7:30 pm
Music, Poetry & Prayer
for a Busy Season
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.