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 Upcoming Meeting Dates for this 2019 Season:
Wednesday, April 17, 2019:
Topic: A Guided Reflection on Stations of the Cross
Description: As we approach Easter we invite you to come and be prayerfully guided through the moments of Jesus’ journey towards the cross. Stations of the Cross is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 9pm, but this session at 7pm is to help you learn some of the ways that this journey can bring spiritual direction to your life.
Presenter: Jimmy Chow
Wednesday, May 15, 2019:
Topic: Silence in the City
Description: In our busy, noisy lives, is it truly possible to experience silence? Why is silence, solitude and stillness so important for our spiritual formation? Henri Nouwen says “Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self.” Silence is an invitation to enter more deeply into the intimacy of our relationship with God. It is a place of God’s presence, our transformation and a place of rest. Come explore scripture’s call for us to “Be Still and Know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
Presenter: Darcia Hansen
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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