What is Suburban Monastery?
Suburban Monastery is a learning community, but learning of a certain kind. We want to learn the life of Jesus through engagement with the enduring spiritual practices we find in Scripture and Christian history. In other words, we are in search of all the ways to be with Jesus, to learn from him, to relate to him in our real-world issues and challenges, and finally to be shaped by him in the triune life of God: the Son as he lives in company with the Father and the Spirit. We want to know what it means to live and pray better, with more depth and clarity.
Suburban Monastery is meant to be both a community and a program that takes the challenge of spiritual growth and maturity seriously.
What do we do at Suburban Monastery?
Our purpose is to embrace intentional spiritual life:
• we pray: we ask God to shape our lives into the image of his Son Jesus
• we introduce important themes from Scripture, history and biography
• we get pragmatic, asking what it means to “practice” what we are talking about
• we take time for experiential engagements with spiritual practices
• we take time for meaningful discussion and debrief
• we leave with the charge to “go and do”
Meeting Dates for 2019/2020
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
*We will post the topic and a brief description prior to each session.
For our October 16 session:
Topic: Listening Prayer within Community
Description: Listening Prayer is the practice of God’s Presence (consciously acknowledging He is with us), growing in conversational relationship with Him, and inviting Him to give us His thoughts in any given situation. It is a way of maturing, sharing life with God, and allowing Him to guide us. Although there are different ways the Lord will communicate with us, in this session of Suburban Monastery we will talk mainly about how to hear the “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-13), go over some guidelines, and practice this together. Listening for God with others is especially encouraging and simpler than you may think! Pam will also be sharing resources for further study.
Presenter: Pam Vickerson
When and where
We meet in the WKC Bistro and start at 7:00pm and end at 8:15pm.
We will post the topic and a brief description prior to each session.
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