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Writing From the Heart of Autumn: Liminal Times and Places Saturday October 31 2020 at 10:30 AM

× In Celtic spirituality, the end of October marks a shift in both calendar and landscape. The veil between heaven and earth, the old season and the new, this life and the next, is considered particularly thin. As we look towards the new year on the Celtic calendar and the celebration of All Saints and All Souls Day on the church calendar, join us for a morning of reflection and writing. Learn from the words of poets and contemporary writers in the context of the ancient Celtic practice of honoring the ancestors and the seasons. Engage your own experience through simple writing exercises exploring the thin places and honoring the saints in your own life. A Zoom link and password along with any relevant materials for the program will be sent to you before the program.

Meditation Healing Circle: Healing the World Monday November 2 2020 at 7:00 PM

× How may I share love, peace and joy with all of creation and be a good custodian of Mother Earth? Join mystic/healer Susan Beilby Magee as she leads a full-moon meditation that illustrates our impact as we walk in the world radiating our light.

Special Photography Access Saturday November 7 2020 at 8:00 AM

× Capture rare glimpses of the Cathedral as you’ve probably never seen it! This early morning session gives photographers access to the empty Nave, to provide an unparalleled look at the grandeur and splendor of the world’s sixth-largest cathedral. This grand space and its stained glass are particularly inspiring in the light of early morning. You’ll have access to take pictures on the main level of the Cathedral.

Art As Spiritual Practice: Painting Holly Wreaths Sunday November 22 2020 at 4:00 PM

× The ancient Celts brought holly branches in their homes for good luck, and Christian tradition links this plant with the crown of thorns worn by Jesus of Nazareth. Explore the symbolism and visual qualities of a holly plant and paint your own holiday wreath. No experience is necessary. A Zoom link and password along with any relevant materials for the program will be sent to you before the program.

For this program Kiki will be using pencil and eraser, a thin-tipped black pen, watercolor paints and a thin brush, watercolor paper, water and a clean surface. However you can you whatever materials you have at home, or prefer, including markers, acrylic paints etc. Just make sure the paper you choose is thick enough to hold paint or markers without seeping through the other side. Bristol Board is good for acrylic and tempera paint. Crayons are fine if you have a sharpener or don’t mind making less precise edges.

Cathedral Spotlights: Explore Space … in Stained Glass Tuesday November 24 2020 at 4:00 PM

× Explore one of the most iconic stained-glass windows at Washington National Cathedral with an in-depth virtual tour of “The Scientists and Technicians Window”, also known as the Space Window. Learn how artist Rodney Winfield of St. Louis created the design to symbolize the macrocosm and microcosm of space and incorporates a 25 oz. basalt lunar rock. Join Cathedral Docent Camille Hersh as she explores gratitude through art while learning how the window demonstrates gratitude to the Apollo 11 astronauts, gratitude to the nation for supporting the mission with the gift of the moon rock, and gratitude to God for the beauty of the universe.

Virtual Discussion

Waiting, Watching, Listening: An Advent Retreat Sunday November 29 2020 at 4:00 PM

× “Advent: the time to listen for footsteps - you can't hear footsteps when you're running yourself.” Bill McKibben

On this first Sunday in Advent, slow down and give yourself the gift of being fully in the present moment with this afternoon retreat. Periods of reading, meditation, and silence invite us to wait, watch, and listen for the stirring of the Spirit in ourselves and in the world. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, this retreat is offered by members of the Center volunteer community who will guide and ground us in this season of expectant preparation. A Zoom link and password along with any relevant materials for the program will be sent to you before the program.

Moving Mindfully into the New Year Sunday December 27 2020 at 2:00 PM

× So much of any year is flammable . . . When there was something and suddenly isn’t, an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space." Naomi Shihab Nye from Burning the Old Year

2020 has been a year unlike any other and many of us are looking forward to turning the page to a new year. But as poet Naomi Shihab Nye points out, in letting go we create space for noticing and welcoming, grieving and celebration. Join us for this a half day retreat as we explore ways to take stock of the old year while looking forward to the new. Guided meditations, individual reflections and shared ritual invite us to remember and release 2020 and set our intentions for 2021.

Cathedral Spotlights: Christmastide Tuesday December 29 2020 at 4:00 PM

× Christmas is not just a day, but an entire season—the Twelve Days of Christmas—that lasts until January 6. This is the season of rejoicing in birth of the Christ Child, when Christmas carols are sung and worship attempts to deepen our understanding of what it means for Christ to be born in human form. Docent Lori Amos explores Christmas images and symbolism, both inside and outside the Cathedral, which can help us to experience the familiar Christmas story in new ways. Join us after the holiday crush to extend the joy of Christmas Day into the New Year and beyond.

Virtual Discussion

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