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When Adam Skates, I Cry

Iranaeus, one of the better-known saints and theologians of early Christianity, once said The glory of God is a human being fully alive. Following the same reasoning, I saw the glory of God on skates when Adam Rippon took to the ice in the men's free skate competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

I was moved by many things in Adam's performance: his choice of music ("Arrival of the Birds" by the Cinematic Orchestra, coupled with "O" by Coldplay), the stunning choreography and, of course, Rippon's nearly flawless execution. But there was also something deeply soulful about his performance. As I watched, I witnessed courage and vulnerability, beauty and strength, concentration and abandon — all woven together in a graceful tapestry of dance, acrobatics and music.

Adam's story was certainly a factor. Devastated when he didn't make the Olympic team in 2014, he dedicated himself to train and practice so he could win a spot on this year's U.S. team. This 28 year-old pulled it off — despite being many years older than most of his teammates. The first openly gay man to compete in any Olympic games, Rippon says "I love to be different".

How refreshing — and deeply moving — to see the glory of God on skates.

What wakes you up and makes you fully alive? The offerings described in this newsletter are all designed to encourage the kind of wakeful aliveness so many of us are seeking. Come join us.

Rob


Centering Prayer
Weekend Lakeside Retreat
April 20 - 22 

A Centering Prayer intensive retreat will be held April 20-22 on Lake Norman near Charlotte, N.C. Enjoy a weekend of contemplative silence in a comfortable waterfront home in a lovely, peaceful setting. The retreat will begin Friday afternoon and conclude after lunch on Sunday. Retreat leader Rob Field is a certified Centering Prayer workshop and retreat leader.
 
This retreat is for individuals who have their own Centering Prayer practice (not recommended for beginners). During the retreat, there will be multiple periods of group Centering Prayer each day, solitude, contemplative worship, as well as free time.

Further details, complete information about the retreat site, and registration details can be found at
center4spiritualwisdom.org
 

Also Noteworthy

additional events
 
• Day of Contemplative Prayer - Sat., March 17. Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher will host “United in Prayer Day — Dedicated to Healing Violence” on Saturday, March 17. The day will begin in at 8:30 a.m. in the parish hall and conclude after lunch. The event is free and open to all. A video featuring Fr. Thomas Keating will be part of the day, which will also include multiple periods of group Centering Prayer and a time for reflection on Keating’s teaching. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. For further information, please contact the Rev. Patty Mouer: rector@stlukesavl.org


• The Wonder of Self Compassion • May 4-7, Mepkin Abbey, S.C. Dr. Christine King, an associate of Center for Spiritual Wisdom (above photo), will lead this 4-day event at the Trappist monastery of Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, S.C. From the event flyer: "The Enneagram opens doors we thought were closed." The premise of the program: "Self compassion and compassion are not just a possibility: they are our new reality." See the rest of the flyer HERE.

Learn more about Christine at her Fresh Perceptions web site. Learn more about Mepkin Abbey HERE.
 

Enneagram Series
Elk Haven Wellness Center
April 17 - May 22 
 
Here's a group learning series for those with an introductory knowledge of the Enneagram who want to go deeper. In seven 2-hour sessions, we will explore how to use the wisdom of the Enneagram in daily life. The group will meet April 17 - May 22 on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Elk Haven Wellness Center in Brevard. Presenters will be Rob Field, Paula Benton and Dr. Christine King of Fresh Perceptions. Cost will be $295 for the full series or $50 per session. Space is limited. Please use the contact link at the Center web site to reserve your space in the group.
 

One Pilgrimage Departs
& Another Is Planned
 
Israel now, Italy In 2019
 
Twenty-six pilgrims depart Feb. 23 from Charlotte, N.C. en route to Tel Aviv for a 12-day pilgrimage to Israel. This is the first pilgrimage we've organized, but the ninth for pilgrimage leader Tom Lewis, Program Director here at the Center. If you'd like to follow our "pilgrims' progress", direct your browser to our blog: israel-pilgrimage-csw.blogspot.com. If you're on Instagram, you can find us at robinbrevard9879  Once we get to Israel, we hope to post at least a photo and a caption each day through March 8.

Our next pilgrimage is already being planned: the Way of St. Francis Pilgrimage will be Oct. 15-28, 2019. We will begin in Rome, then proceed to Assisi, in Italy's Umbria region. From there, we will take day trips to those places significant in Francis' life and ministry. As with the Israel pilgrimage, this will be a "retreat on the move", but with a contemplative pace. Space will be limited, and registrations will begin on May 1 of this year. Author & teacher Bret Thoman of St. Francis Pilgrimages will manage the tour on our behalf.
 

The Heart of
Hendersonville


• Parker Palmer-inspired initiative begins March 15. This article in the Hendersonville Times-News offers details about an initiative based on the Healing the Heart of Democracy project we launched in 2017. Our friend John Fenner will be the keynote speaker. Recommended!
 
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