A Special Workshop/Retreat with Carl McColman, Author/Speaker/Teacher/Contemplative
Saturday Evening, March 22, 2014
Sunday Afternoon, March 23, 2014
At St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Blvd., Louisville, KY
Sponsored by St. Paul United Methodist Church and St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church
Register online at www.stfrancisinthefields.org or contact Mary Downs at 502-228-1176
Cost: $20 per person
Saturday Evening, March 22, 2014 ~ 7-9 PM
Charting Your Path to God: Four Compass Points for the Spiritual Life
What is spirituality? How can I draw closer to God? How do prayer, meditation, and contemplation fit in to the life of faith? This program looks at four “compass points” or keys to the spiritual life. Anyone who has ever gone hiking or backpacking knows how important a compass is: a tool to help us find direction on our journey. Likewise, the life of faith — of Christian discipleship — needs its own “compass” to help us find our direction toward the heart of God. With these compass points for the spiritual life, we are empowered to make choices and commitments to begin — or deepen — the greatest of all adventures: exploring the Love of God and letting that Love transform our lives.
Sunday Afternoon, March 23, 2014 ~ 1-4:30 PM
Silent Prayer and Sacred Stories: Spiritual Keys to a Richer Life of Faith
“I love to tell the story,” or so goes a classic hymn. Indeed, the Christian faith is all about stories. The Bible is a book of stories. Jesus was a master storyteller, and his life has been called “the greatest story ever told.” History is filled with the stories of men and women who have lived holy and saintly lives, dedicating themselves to the Love of God. Even the stories of ordinary believers can be inspiring, insightful, and meaningful.
For this afternoon workshop, author and spiritual teacher Carl McColman will share a number of remarkable and uplifting stories about Christians who dedicated themselves to prayer and the spiritual life — and how we can learn from their stories to help us get closer to God. We’ll consider how spirituality is not a separate category from the rest of life, but is indeed the key to making all of life more happier and fulfilled.
About the Presenter: Carl McColman is the author of The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader: Spiritual Lessons from C. S. Lewis’s Narnia, Answering the Contemplative Call and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. He is a popular speaker and retreat leader helping Christians to deepen their faith through prayer, meditation and contemplation. Carl is a lay associate of the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Georgia. His writings have appeared in the Huffington Post, Contemplative Journal, and Patheos. You can find Carl online at www.carlmccolman.com.