WALKING WITH GOD IN AN EVOLVING SACRED UNIVERSE – Facilitator: Sr. Judy Schachtel, SMS
Tuesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, 1:30 – 3:30pm. Cost: $20/session or 4 sessions for $60. Explore what the Christian Tradition and the Mystics reveal about creation and how we have lost that connection with our universe. Through DVD and presentations integrate a new worldview into your spiritual journey.
THE BOOK OF EXODUS – Facilitator: Father Paul Fachet, omi First Wednesday of each month. Upcoming sessions: Feb. 4, Mar. 4, Ap. 1, May 6, June 3, 10:00am- 12:00pm. Cost: $15/session. An exploration of Holy Scripture with a dynamic and seasoned instructor.
WHAT IS TRUTH? THE PERENNIAL QUESTION – Facilitator: Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers. Friday February 6, 7:00-9:00pm —Saturday February 7, 9:00am – 4:30pm. Cost $95 commute; $155 live-in. Pilate’s question to an accused Jesus echoes through the centuries. Especially in today’s pluralistic world, many “truths” clamour for our attention and allegiance. How do we sift and sort these sometimes competing voices and claims? Is truth an objective set of propositions, a rule to live by, or a key into the way we live in relationship? We will explore several layers of meaning contained in the perennial question, develop criteria for assessing the “truth” about truth, and maybe learn to appropriate for ourselves some of the ways Jesus embodied the truth.
WOMEN IN MINISTRY FRIDAY LUNCHEONS – Facilitators: Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers and Rev. Amanda Currie. One Friday of each month, 12 noon. Feb. 6, Mar. 13, Ap. 11, Retreat Ap. 27—29, May 9, June 12. Cost: Lunch $10. This invitation goes out to all women who are employed in professional ecclesial ministry; retired from an employed ministry position; and/or studying for professional ecclesial ministry. The main purpose for the lunches is to create an informal relational space where women working professionally in ministry (lay and ordained, pastoral work, congregational work, chaplaincy, retreat work) can connect across denominational lines and form networks of friendship and communication.
A DAY AWAY – Facilitator: Gisele Bauche. Second Wednesday of the month, 9:30am – 3:30pm. Feb. 11; Mar. 11; Ap. 8; May 13. Cost $25 with lunch. A day-room can be made available to you for an additional $5.Come spend “time away” in quiet reflection, input, sharing, prayer, scripture study and contemplation.
THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES: A ST. VALENTINE’S DAY WORKSHOP – Facilitator: Sarah Donnelly. Saturday February 14, 9:30am – 1:00pm. Cost $35 – includes lunch. In his bestseller book The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate Dr. Gary Chapman suggests that the many ways in which we express our love and appreciation to our spouses, family members and dear friends comes down to five basic “languages.” And conflict or hurt feelings can arise when we continue to use our own “love language” rather than that of our loved one. In this lighthearted and informative workshop you will have the opportunity to learn the unique way in which you give and receive affection, and that of your loved one, so that communication between you is more fruitful and life-giving. An excellent workshop for those preparing for marriage, those who have been married for decades, and for family members or dear friends.
A GATHERING FOR SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS: ONGOING FORMATION AND PEER SUPPORT – Facilitators: Dianne Mantyka, with Deb Arndt, Karen Scott Barss and Sarah Donnelly. Saturdays, February 14 and May 9, 9:30am-4:00pm. Cost $55($45 if you bring your own lunch). If you are a spiritual director looking to connect with peers and to continue growing in your ministry, these days are meant for you. Come and receive input, renewal, peer support and encouragement. The first two sessions will include viewing, on DVD, Fr. Richard Rohr’s talk at the Spiritual Directors International Emerging Wisdom conference, entitledThe Origins of Spiritual Companionship in Christianityand Spiritual Companionship Today in Christianity.Registration deadline is the Friday a week prior (February 6, and May 1).
THE CROSS OF CHRIST – AN ECUMENICAL LENTEN RETREAT – Facilitator: Sarah Donnelly. Saturday February 21, 9:30am – 3:30pm. Cost $55/lunch; $45 bring your own lunch. This retreat features the engaging educator and theologian, Ron Rolheiser omi, on DVD as he presents a compelling way for us to enter into this season of Lent. The cross calls us to move beyond ourselves, our own agenda, and invites us to live our own life without resentment.Part Two: The Passion of Christ retreat.
THE PASSION OF CHRIST – AN ECUMENICAL LENTEN RETREAT – Facilitator: Sarah Donnelly. Saturday March 7, 9:30am – 3:30pm. Cost $55/lunch; $45 bring your own lunch. This retreat features the engaging educator and theologian, Ron Rolheiser omi, on DVD as he explores how we can give both our life and our death to the world, and how we can do this without resentment or bitterness. A new, progressive approach to living into this sacred season of Lent.
LITURGY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE – Facilitator: Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers. Friday March 27, 7:00-9:00pm —Saturday March 28, 9:00am – 4:30pm. Cost $95 commute; $155 live-in. Sacramental rituals and liturgical practices can become stale and lifeless if they lose their potency to critique human deviance and exploitative tendencies. Jesus deeply upset the established order of his day by the very quality of his being. To participate in the rituals of Jesus yet fail to live their implications in one’s daily life is to incur God’s judgment. Ethics and sacraments in the Christian’s life are intimately bound together. We will explore together how the patterns of religious worship and our sacramental practices can re-awaken us to God’s desire for a world of justice, peace and harmony and to our responsibility to put in practice what we celebrate ritually.
ONGOING EVENTS AT QUEEN’S HOUSE INCLUDE:
CENTERING PRAYER: Monday evenings, 7pm • TAIZE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Second Tuesday of the month, 8pm • PERSONAL DAY(S) OF PRIVATE PRAYER: Book anytime • QUEEN’S HOUSE WEEKLY CELEBRATION OF HOLY EUCHARIST: Wednesdays, 3:00pm (call to confirm time – all are warmly welcome!) • 24 HOUR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Fourth Monday of the month, 12:00pm – Tuesday 12:00pm