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Vol 19 : Issue 6 : July 2016
Dear Friends of the House of Prayer,
The Orlando massacre of June 12, resulting in the loss of 49 young lives, sadly dominated our news and social commentary this month. It was, and remains, a timely reminder of how fragmented our human community has become. And with it, human consciousness itself. Although most of us are not radicalized, homophobic terrorists intent on murder and mayhem; in the deep recesses of our hearts, we may not be aware of the aggression, intolerance, fear, and judgmentalism that lurks there.
So this is a time to deeply reflect on how we relate to our families and communities.
Eric H.F. Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute in Los Angeles, framed our collective despair in the following words:
“At a time like this, we need community to which we can go and rest – a place where we can bring our friends and foes, and our quarrel, a place where we can share our rage, our wounds and our battered morals; a place where we can express our fear, our loss, and our sorrow; a place where we can name our frail and faded hope of a just tomorrow; a place where we can ignite the flames of hope so that we can revive our cold, burnt-out souls and our yearnings for a sustainable future for our communities and nation.”
At House of Prayer, this is exactly the kind of healing environment we try to create for our visitors. Whether you come as an overnight group, or as an individual seeking solitude, renewal, and respite.
On a lighter note, last Sunday I attended our Donor Appreciation Day and the ‘Welcoming our new Director’ celebration. The former was not only an opportunity to pay tribute to our faithful and generous benefactors; but provided a moment to promote our new Sustaining Membership Enrollment program. In exchange for various pledge amounts, members receive a copy of the annual HOPRC Annual Report, a quarterly Members’ Update, and complimentary programs.
And yes, I was warmly welcomed and honored as the new director of HOPRC in grand festive spirit!
~ July at a Glance ~
Our monthly staples, the Richard Rohr DVD Discussion Group, Centering Prayer and Women's Story Circle, continue this month. Although we’re a little light on programming this month, yours truly (along with our program planning committee) is diligently at work behind the scenes on next year’s program line-up. It’ll be viewable on our website very shortly.
Thanks to Barbara Darling and her team of volunteers, we are hosting a Yard Sale on Saturday, July 16. Yes, we’re cleaning house – so mark your calendars, spread the word, and join us at this little fund raiser for HOPRC. Namaste - Gerry
Wednesday, 7/6/16, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Rohr DVD Series: How Do We Breathe Under Water
Facilitated by Carla Palmer
In this series Fr. Richard Rohr looks at the relationship between the Gospel and 12 –Step Spirituality, spirituality for all of us who live in the 21st century. Cost: $15. Students with valid ID $5 ***Please note: This program will take place in the back room of the Office***
Monday, 7/11/16, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Centering Prayer Support and Practice Group
Facilitated by Sharon Rooks
Centering Prayer, a practice that invites us to go more deeply into silence and stillness, is so necessary in today’s fast paced, noisy world. In our sessions, we will utilize Joyce Rockwood Hudson's book, "Natural Spirituality: Recovering the Wisdom -Tradition in Christianity." Cost: $15 Students with valid ID $5 ***Please note: This program will take place in the back room of the Office***
Thursday, 7/21/16, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(Third Thursday of the month) Women’s Story Circle
Facilitated by Barbara Darling
Connect with other women as you write and share the wisdom of your life's journey. No writing experience needed. Cost: $15 Students with valid ID $5
To register for a program or event call the office at (239) 728-3614, email at email@example.com or register online here.
If you would like to volunteer for the preparation of the yard sale or help on the day of (Saturday, July 16 ~8-12 pm or 12-4 pm), please contact the office at (239) 728-3614. Thank you! Easy Ways to Support House of Prayer Retreat Center
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