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News from the School of the Spirit Ministry 
June 2009
In This Issue
Mixed Metaphors, by Jan Blodgett
Living from the Divine Center
An Epistle from The Way of Ministry
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Dear Reader,

It was a joy to meet on June 8 with the Admissions Committee to consider the applications for the next On Being a Spiritual Nurturer class. We celebrated each life encapsulated in those applications, each dedicated to listening and responding more faithfully to the living Christ. The discernment regarding the applications received to date is ongoing, but we anticipate with gratitude a full class beginning in September. We will continue to welcome fresh applications through the summer months.

In this issue of Snapshots we anticipate our annual contemplative retreat at Powell House, celebrate the presence of Holy Spirit among The Way of Ministry class at their closing residency, and share with you a wall hanging by Jan Blodgett, a participant in the last Spiritual Nurturer class.

Michael Green


Mixed Metaphors, by Jan Blodgett

Jan prepared this wall hanging as a part of her final integrative project for the On Being a Spiritual Nurturer program in November 2008. Her commentary can be read here.

Living from the Divine Center
A Contemplative Retreat, June 19-22
Co-sponsored by Powell House and the School of the Spirit Ministry
Led by Linda Chidsey

In A Testament of Devotion, Thomas Kelly writes:

"Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a Holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may Continuously return. Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives, warming us with intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home unto Itself. Yielding to these persuasions, gladly committing ourselves in body and soul, utterly and completely, to the Light Within, is the beginning of true life."

There are those who have found and those who are finding that a deep life of prayer and attentiveness to God can be genuinely compatible with an active and effective spiritual/Christian presence in the world. What canst thou say?

Come live into both the questions and the promise as we seek to establish a more contemplative rhythm and practice during this extended weekend. There will be times of group discussion and reflection; opportunities for solitude and the practice of both individual and corporate disciplines--prayer, lectio divina (divine reading), journaling, walking the labyrinth. We will share overnight silence and a silent meal. Perhaps in these times, more than ever before, we long to touch the Divine Center and lay hold of the Source of our lives.

Linda Chidsey, a member of Housatonic Meeting, is a recorded minister in New York Yearly Meeting. She carries a concern for spiritual nurture and pastoral care. Linda recently served as clerk of NYYM. She was also a participant in the first class of the School of the Spirit Ministry's program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer and has served on its Board for many years.

$270 + $10 (School of the Spirit) = total $280
No childcare for this conference

To register, click here.

An Epistle
The Way of Ministry Program

May 25, 2009
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all;
and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink
but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:2-3
Dear Ones Whom We Love,
We are going out from our year of shared study and formation in the ministry, carrying a letter to you.
This epistle we bring you is the word written on our hearts.  The letter is our lives.
This word has been etched by tears, by laughter, by struggle, by fear, by joy.
Our letter is written in the hand of God.  The hand which touches and cradles each of us, which nurtures those who are unsure, comforts and strengthens those in fear, frees those who are caught in pain and inadequacy.
This hand writes on each of us in the language of Love, of Truth, of Harmony, and of Justice.
We bring our changed lives to you as an invitation to join us in the Power and Life that reawakens.
Allison Randall                                              Peggy O'Neill
Barbara Bellus                                              Sarah Spencer
Carolyn Schodt                                             Therese Miller
Eric Evans                                                    Tom Gates
Janet Hough                                                 Vivienne Hawkins
Jean Eden                                                    Wade Wright
Joan Broadfield                                             Will Taber
Karen Verveda                                              Beckey Phipps, teacher
Ken Jacobsen                                               Laura Melly, teacher
Maia Tapp                                                    Marcelle Martin, teacher
Margery Post Abbott                                     Barbarajene Williams, elder
Marianne Lockard                                         Katharine Jacobsen, elder
Noah Baker Merrill                                        Matt Drake, board member

Photo by John Meyer    

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