Abiding in God’s Presence with Lorie Martin and Katherine Murray
Throughout this week you are invited to experience God with time to listen, be still, journal, reflect and mediate in community and in nature. Together we will learn to be aware of God’s Presence in the ordinary and extraordinary moments of life. These practices and encounters bring inner awareness, hope, healing, and transformation as we learn to rest in God. Each day will include workshop style learning and lightly guided spiritual practices. We will also explore the benefits of a contemplative life and how to practically live this out. Practices will include Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer Practice, labyrinth, creative art and nature experiences.
Bio: Lorie lives near Chilliwack at Lindell Beach in the woods and near the water. She and her husband of many years raised 5 children and now enjoy the thrill of grandkids. Lorie has a passion for the contemplative life, offering spiritual direction, facilitating workshops/retreats, and being connected to an active community life.
She is the Associate Director of St. Dunstan’s Centre for Spiritual Renewal in Aldergrove/Langley (A virtual Program at this time). Lorie has received grace upon grace in many of life’s toughest challenges, including the death of one of her daughters. Lorie holds sacred space for those facing loss, pain and suffering.
Bio: Katherine Martin is passionate about listening prayer, seeing it as a beautiful way to experience God and transformation. She is the Coordinator of the Listening Prayer ministry at St. Dunstan’s where she facilitates and coordinates listening prayer sessions and trains facilitators.
Course Fee: $400
Birding and the Holy Spirit with Jessica Schaap
What if we took seriously the story that the Holy Spirit took the form of a bird at Jesus’ baptism? What is it about birdlife that might give us insight into the character and nature of the third person of the Trinity? And of our relationship to this Spirit? We will reflect together on how birds image the presence and action of God in scripture and the visual tradition of Christianity.
We will also learn how biblical concerns for the poor, the stranger, and those who mother may be illuminated by and applied to birds. And we will go birdwatching.
We will seek and learn about “backyard” birds and more. We will also practice hearing bird song and calls, drawing, photographing, journaling, and theological reflection. How do various ways of contemplative, close observation of birds, or even a lack of birds, open our hearts and minds to what life with the Holy Spirit is like.
This course will involve modest walking at a slower pace. We will visit accessible locations around campus on foot in the mornings.
Course Fee: $400
Bio: Jessica Schaap has been an avid amateur birder for about 14 years. A conversion like experience to birdwatching occurred shortly after she began studying for her Masters of Divinity degree at the Vancouver School of Theology. Jessica has been an ordained Anglican priest in the diocese of New Westminster for over 12 years. She was rector of St. Paul’s, Vancouver and assistant priest at St. James’, Vancouver. Since 2018, she has been the Missioner for Christian Formation for the diocese. Her mandate includes the development and support of Christian formation for all ages. She lives in East Vancouver with her spouse, Harry, daughter Madeleine, two cats, and several bird feeders.