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"Poetry, Prayer, and Protest"

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315 Old Haw Creek Rd

315 Old Haw Creek Road

Asheville, NC 28805

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Poetry is where storytelling and contemplation meet one another. With this idea as our starting point, our day will weave together silence, reflection, and prayer based on the themes of contemplation, social action, community building, and deep trust. We will take a closer look at the poetry and wisdom of several contemporary figures — poets like Thomas Merton and Mary Oliver, along with the insight of contemplative teachers like Martin Laird or Julian of Norwich. We'll combine generous time for prayer, meditation, personal reflection, and journaling with opportunities for small group sharing. Using St. Paul's list of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) as our north star, we will explore ways to make ourselves open to the Spirit's leading, in the ordinary rhythms of our day-to-day lives. Be still; know God — and serve others with joy.

Carl McColman helps Christians and other seekers respond to the healing love of God through prayer, silence, and discernment, so to embody a joyful life of creativity, service, and delight.” He does this by passionately encouraging his audience to embrace contemplative spirituality, to drink from the deep wells of Christian wisdom beginning with scripture and the wisdom of saints and mystics, and to apply such insight to the challenges and concerns of everyday life.

Carl will lead a Presentation on Poetry, Prayer, and Protest on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Carl McColman is a contemplative writer, speaker, retreat leader, catechist, and spiritual companion. He is the author of several books, including Befriending Silence, Answering the Contemplative Call, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. He is a life-professed Lay Cistercian (a layperson under formal spiritual guidance of Cistercian monks) affiliated with the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. He also received formation in the practice of Christian spirituality and contemplative leadership through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

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