February 29 – Prayer Path: Centering Prayer
The Rev. Todd Bartlett will teach and lead us in some forms of centering prayer, a method which involves stillness, patience, and relaxation as we listen for God’s Spirit within. Rev. Bartlett is the Director of the Alton L. Collins Re- treat Center, and a graduate of the United Methodist Three-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation.
March 9 – Prayer Path: Body Prayers
The Rev. Roberta Egli, pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon, and another graduate of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, will help us to focus on the nonverbal language we use when praying. She will offer some suggested ways to pay attention to God’s presence within our bodies and gentle, easy movements we can make to augment our prayers
March 14 – Scripture Path: Lectio Divina
Cindy Force, accredited Spiritual Director and member of First Church, will be leading this evening. “Lectio Divina” is a Latin term which means “divine reading.”, It describes a way of reading the Bible whereby we gradually let go of our own agendas and open ourselves to whatever message God wants to bring to us. It was first developed in the 12th century and has been used extensively by individuals and whole communities along the pathway of spiritual growth. We will be using conversation, journaling, and even a little simple art as we explore this spiritual practice.
March 21 – Contemplative Path: Meditation
The Rev. Dr. Robert Flaherty, pastor of the Newberg United Methodist Church will lead us in an exploration of meditation as a tool for Christian spiritual growth. Meditation involves the emptying our minds from all distractions and the focusing of our minds in the present moment. Dr. Flaherty will help newcomers to meditation and “old hands” alike find new energy in this spiritual practice.
March 28 – Praise Path: Spirit Singing
The Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett, Program Director at the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center, and recognized professional in worship and music leadership will open our ears (and hearts!) to the use of singing as a spiritual practice. Under Laura’s capable and energetic direction we will connect with God through our voices.
Each week’s program is preceded by supper from 5:30-6:30 in Collins Hall. Children are welcome and people of all ages are encouraged to “travel our pathways” together