In this time of wilderness wandering, when the natural rhythms of our lives have been deeply disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing racism that led to the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and others, as well as the ongoing discrimination against LGBTQAI+, how do we establish life-giving rhythms that can keep us spiritually centered in God? The Christian monastic tradition can help us. Deeply rooted in that tradition is a habitual way of living called a “Rule of Life” that helps us establish a God-centered rhythm to lives that have been, and may yet still be, turned upside down and inside out. It can also raise our awareness of the unhealthy and unjust parts of our “lives as usual” prior to this pandemic, parts which perhaps we need to leave behind or change as we move toward a new future. Rather than restricting our lives, the habits that form a “Rule of Life” can liberate us to live powerfully and with a God-centered focus, amid the chaos and confusion that is our current reality. It can also prepare us for an uncertain future by tethering us to God’s vision for the world and God’s call to pursue that vision as a community of faith.

DAY AND TIME: Tuesdays 7-8 PM starting Tuesday June 16 via Zoom
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The Book: THE COMMON RULE by Justin Whitmel Earley
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