Friday, April 3, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (CST)
During this morning retreat, we will use the Stations of the Cross as a format to reflect on our own spiritual journeys in terms of stations – whether it be stations of faith, stations of doubt, stations of illness, grief, recovery or some other significant developments in your life. Using words and art, you will be encouraged to enter the process that the Irish poet Padraig Ó Tuama describes below:
By taking a gospel text and putting personal stations to it, a dialogue between reader and story takes place and something called prayer emerges in the thin place …. There we encounter the heart. There we meet … the place where the wisdom we didn’t know we had can greet us. There we can greet the truth that a story can hold us. There we can greet that which we call God.
Our Facilitator Cari Shields is on the board of Anawim Arts. A self-proclaimed “dabbler” in the arts, she considers the time that she takes to write, draw, sew or take photographs as part of an exercise of living mindfully in the world. “For me it is less about the finished product and more about practicing the discipline of observing and being present in a given moment.”
Professionally, Cari is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who spent most of her career working in clinical supervision and program development in a non-profit. Currently she works as an individual and family therapist in a group practice. She believes that combining the best clinical skills with a strong sense of creativity and presence sets the stage for people to heal individually and in relationships.
In 2017, Cari Shields wrote a series of reflections on the Stations of the Cross, using the question from the Padraig Ó Tuama “Is there a story that can hold me?” The Stations Journal with her original photographs can be found at www.stationsjournal.wordpress.com.
$30 includes materials - Registration requested by Friday, March 27
Facilitated by Cari Shields