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Dear Friends,

Our Lenten theme calls us to righteousness and justice.  What would you say if you knew of a place where the kind of transformative love necessary for both prevails?

That place is your heart and we nurture unity/love with God and with our fellow humans (and all creation) every Thursday morning.

Yes it’s early – 7 AM – but the UCC sanctuary is amazingly peaceful at that time.  What do we do there?

We sit in silence, for about 25 minutes.  Some of us practice Centering Prayer, some use other forms of silent meditation.  It’s up to you, but if you need some guidance in a meditation practice, we are happy to help.  We hear inspiration from writers and poets who words are open-hearted, encouraging and sometimes challenging.  We listen, in the silence, to small parts of scripture, listening for how it applies to our own lives.  We share ‘prayers of the people’ and hold all prayers not only in confidence but also before God.  The whole session lasts until about 8 AM, but it’s easy to slip out after the silent meditation if one needs to.  This group has been meeting continuously since 2000; it is open to all and we would love to have you join us.

Laurence Freeman, the leader of the Worldwide Communion for Christian Meditation has this to say about our practice:  “To be human is to change. As contemplative consciousness grows it is our very way of perception that changes. It is not that we become ‘better at meditation’ but that we see that real ‘experience’ unfolds not merely as something we observe or feel during the meditation but through all the dimensions and in every nook and cranny of life. …. . Our idea of God (whether we are believers or agnostics) will also change and with it our whole set of our beliefs and values. God becomes more manifested by our discovering meaning through an expanding sense of connection to those around us, including those opposing us and those who live in other worlds, off the radar of our comfortable zones.”

We invite you to join us on Thursdays at 7 am.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Jean Woessner

jwoessner@bigsky.net

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