Retreating

Breathe_YouAreOnlineNo – I’m not retreating in the sense that I’m going away. It just seems that way because I have not had much to say out here. Anyway, as you know, I’ve been busy in my garden and doing other things. The weather is crazy and politics are crazy and everything seems crazy – but my garden, that’s another story.

It seems to me that in the face of the rapid fire bad news – for example, on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 approximately 30 people were shot in the United States – that we might all do well to not be as fully immersed in the torrent that is social media. And I say that as someone often on social media.

As I was pondering this, I came across this information from my friend Jane Redmont, and I thought that I would share it with you all. Imagine if we got on our computers NOT to be on social media, but to take a class or an online retreat? Jane has some summer offerings that I am considering, and that I would urge you to consider as well.

DorothyDayIconNine Days with Dorothy Day is an online retreat that begins this Friday, June 16. You log on daily at your convenience, total time would be about 20 minutes a day. That is 20 minutes not on Facebook or Twitter, and not seething over the news. That is 20 minutes a day spent with someone who dedicated their life to peace and justice. You can find out more and sign up at this link: Nine Days with Dorothy Day

bonhoefferJane is also starting up an excellent online class – especially made for these times. Bonhoeffer in His Times and Ours will begin on Monday, June 19. This is a 5 week online class with a retreat option. Many of us have read, reread, and spent time with Bonhoeffer of late, and this is an exceptional opportunity to dive in deep. Once again, your sign on time is your own to manage. Details about what your time commitment will be and more can be found at this link: Bonhoeffer in His Times and Ours

Later in June and July there will be some new offerings focusing on:

*William Stringfellow
*Howard Thurman
*Ada María Isasi-Díaz
*Dorothee Sölle

Visit Jane’s site to get information on these online retreats, plus others about social media and slowing down. You can contact her with questions, and to explore financial options.

Going away does not always mean travel, sometimes it might mean quiet time on your deck or in a coffee shop during a busy day. Give yourself a gift or two by signing up. May we all turn inward, so that we might shine outward, being a light for the world.

Unexpected and unwanted gifts

price-pritchett-quoteMy time on retreat touched my heart so deeply. Here I am, days later, and I continue to experience many riches from those 2 days. I feel more convinced than ever that if we all had some quiet time, disconnect time, be with God and nature time, we might find a better way. Some of us live with the sin of being too busy to find such peace – and most of the time this sin is not intentional, but it remains a sin.  Or I think about those who live with the consequences of low-paid labor,  or no work – who cannot find any better way.

I keep thinking of what I read in Bishop’s Ed Scharfenberger’s column in last Thursday’s Evangelist. He said:

Are you ready for a change? Is it time to let go of that habit, that attitude, that relationship that is causing so much unhappiness and frustration? Jesus stands waiting, knocking gently at our door. All He needs from us is a heart open to His outstretched hand.

Are we ready for change? If not, peace will not come – nor much else. If we think about this one day we must just take the leap of change. It sounds so promising – and awful, too. AT least to me! Here is the gift and virtue of community, I can ask for your help, you can ask for mine, and we can all ask God to help us. That may be Continue reading