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Season 13 – Winter 2023
1. Lent Group – Questions for You
How would you respond if you were asked a question like “what do you fear” or “have you lived a hard or easy life” or “what do you want”? The season of Lent invites us into a six-week period of deep reflection on faith and the things that matter most in life. As an aid for this season of reflection, we want to invite you to six drop-in events during Lent we are simply calling Questions for You.
The format for these evenings is simple. You show up and are presented with a list of 20 thoughtful questions (like the ones above). During the evening you will be tasked with asking one group member one of the questions from the list while another group member will ask you one of the questions. After giving our initial response to the question, the group, in a spirit of curiosity, will seek clarity from you with follow-up questions or humble observations. The goal of these evenings is to help us think deeper about life and faith, and maybe even discern where God might be at work in our lives. Come if you dare!
Dates: Tuesday evenings – February 28, March 7, March 21, March 28, April 4
Location: Baker’s house: 243 Southwood Dr. Kitchener.
2. Spiritual Direction with Karla
“Do you seek God?” and then, “What does this seeking mean for your life?” – these are the two main questions of spiritual direction. I propose to run a few spiritual direction groups of four people, beginning as soon as we can this month at a time that suits the group members (maybe one daytime, one evening). We’d meet monthly for the season (ending in June), at our place in Northwest Waterloo.
If you are interested in growing in honesty and receptivity with God, are able to listen prayerfully on behalf of others, and are willing to open your spiritual journey to others’ gentle input, these groups are for you. The process is simple: each person shares briefly about something in their lives, remembering God is found in the most surprising places. You can bring just about anything to share – just notice what’s arising in you as we hold those first moments of silence…something you wrestle with, an image of God you’d like to update…places of tenderness or strong emotions…hopes, disappointments, a question… After a brief time of silence, the others ask the person some questions for reflection. There’s another moment of silence, and then it’s the next person’s turn. For more information, the Shalem Institute describes the process quite well.
We hope to grow a warm and compassionate space to explore our individual journeys with God in community.
Date/Time: These will be determined by the group members.
Location: Karla’s place. The address will be emailed.