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”
Our Meeting Dates for this 2018/2019 Season:
Wednesday, October 17, 2018:
Topic: Chronos and Kairos
Description: We often live as slaves to Chronos, measured time, literally the god of the clock and calendar. But God has called us to live in Kairos, the quality of time which is purpose filled and rich with gifts. Come and explore how as 21st century Christians, we seek intimacy with God in the tension between Chronos and Kairos.
Lead Presenter: Richelle Wiseman
Wednesday, November 21, 2018:
Topic: An interactive evening where we will be discussing themes and questions such as these:
• How can we develop greater intimacy with God?
• The scriptures tell us that Christ lives in us and we are in Christ, how is that a reality for us?
• How can we align our head knowledge with our heart?
• How can we be on a path of transformation towards Christlikeness?
• How can we be filled with the fullness of God?
• How can we have true inner freedom in God?
Discussion Leader: Gerry Belyk
Wednesday, February 20, 2019:
Description: Being a Christian involves more than association or belief. At its heart, the Christian life involves a process of becoming, a transformation of habit and character that goes to the roots of our selfhood. We are helped in this if we can learn to see ourselves in the life that has been lived before us and for us - the life of Jesus. As believers in him, we are meant to take his life and model seriously, to watch him closely, to learn of him in ways we might not have yet considered. For here we find a truly free, meaningful, and satisfied life. Our goal is to become more like him, while we also discover our own one-of-a-kind uniqueness.
Presenter: Bob Osborne
Wednesday, March 20, 2019:
Topic: Forming an Authentic Self: Knowing of Self & Knowing God
Description: At its heart, the Christian life involves a process of becoming, a transformation of self rather than a transactional one that does not deliver change in yourself. John Calvin states “there is no deep knowing of God without a deep knowing of self and no deep knowing of self without a deep knowing of God.” Christian spirituality involves transformation of the self that occurs when God and self are deeply known. We will talk about how these two are . intricately woven together and how to take steps towards knowing God and yourself. We will also address the unmasking of the false self and moving toward your true self. Practical tools will be provided to foster developing an authentic self.
Presenter: Debbie Will
Wednesday, April 17, 2019:
Wednesday, May 15, 2019:
We meet in the 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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