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 November 20 session:
Topic: Intimacy with God
Description: We will focus on one way of allowing God to reveal Himself to you. I hope you will come away with a simple, practical way to intentionally opening your heart to what God wants you to see and feel in an intimate moment with Him. There is a long tradition of using objects and symbols (such as the cross, bread, wine) as a gateway to intimacy with our Creator and I hope to enlarge your sense of God’s use of “things” to remind you of His love. We will also touch briefly on silence, welcoming prayer, and gratitude.
Presenter: David Littel
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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