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Contemplatives in Action

A new website resource is available growing out of the “Becoming a Church of Contemplatives in Action” Resolution that passed at the UCC General Synod 2021.  Lots of great resources for both congregations and Pastors!
A group growing out of this Resolution meets monthly for rotating contemplative practices with different leaders each month.  The regular practices are the first Thursdays of the month at 2:30pm ET (11:30 AM PT). Our last monthly contemplative practice of 2023 is Thursday, December 7th at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Zoom link below.  Rev. Mark Suriano will lead a loving-kindness meditation, and Rev. Susie Allen will lead our January practice.  All are welcome to join us for contemplative grounding. There is no charge for this group.
December 7- Mark Suriano- Loving-kindness Meditation
January 4- Susie Allen- will lead a reflection in word and image on the experience of Sanctuary.
You may also be interested in this virtual “Lessons in Meditation” and “Meditation Teacher Training” offered through the Southern New England Conference’s Center for Transformational Leadership  starting January 30th.  More details below.
Lessons in Meditation and Meditation Teacher Training beginning January 30th

In church, we often pray, but how often have we learned to meditate? Our relationship with God can be thought of as a friendship. If prayer is talking to God, then meditation is listening to God. How can we best listen, given the realities of the monkey mind? And given our own imperfect meditation practice, how can we best share meditation with others and our churches?  This is offered through the larger Southern New England Conference UCC.  Hear the interview with facilitator Rev. Matt Carriker here: 3-week “Lessons in Meditation” is offered on Zoom on Tuesdays from 2-3:30 p.m. ET on January 30th, February 6, and February 13th. (11 AM -12:30 PM PT)Cost is $85. Register here six week Teacher Training program will include meditation practice, small group practice teaching sessions and one-to-one sessions with the facilitator.  The 6-week “Meditation Teacher Training” is offered on Zoom on Tuesdays from 2-3:30 p.m. on January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 5. (11 AM -12:30 PM PT)Cost is $450. Register here

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