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Compassion for You, Compassion for the World Sunday September 20 2020 at 4:00 PM

× The mind can be like a wild horse, running off in different directions each time you try to harness it. Discover ways to direct your attention to a wellspring of compassion—through the use of intention, words, and images. Our time together will include an exploration of the topic, guided meditation, silence, and reflection time. All are welcome to join this program designed to help you integrate compassion into your life.

Cathedral Day Congregation Compline LOTTERY Saturday September 26 2020 at 6:00 PM

× The Congregation Celebrates Cathedral Day with a Reunion Compline, September 26, 6 p.m., at the Amphitheater.

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If you are selected to attend, you will receive an email on Monday, September 21.

Cathedral Spotlights: Building Washington National Cathedral Tuesday September 29 2020 at 4:00 PM

× Help celebrate the Cathedral’s birthday 113th birthday on the anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone in 1907. Join the author of the Images of America book, Building Washington National Cathedral, on a virtual exploration of the story of the longest-running construction project in the history of Washington, D.C. Dive deep into the history of the cathedral’s construction with Andrew R. Bittner, author and Cathedral Docent.

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Meditation Healing Circle: COVID’s Losses & Gifts Thursday October 1 2020 at 7:00 PM

× COVID-19 has transformed how we live, work and relate to ourselves, others and the world. Join our full moon meditation as we honor that which we have lost; embrace new gifts; and explore the greater meaning of this pandemic for mankind.

Exploring Metaphor: A Reflective Writing Workshop with Mary Hall Surface Sunday October 4 2020 at 4:00 PM

× Discover how visual art and reflective writing can help us discern spiritual wisdom and navigate the complexities of our present moment. Inspired by an evocative contemporary painting, participants will explore how metaphors– both visual and verbal– can help us process our present and move toward the future. In this 90-minute interactive workshop, we will embrace slow looking, writing, and discussion to spark self-awareness, compassionate understanding, and rich connection. Very beginning to seasoned writers will find new tools for considering and capturing this time of challenge and change.

Your True Home: the Present Moment Sunday October 18 2020 at 4:00 PM

× World-renowned meditation teacher Thich Nhat Hanh says that our true home is in the present moment. Discover ways to shift your attention to the present by meditating with different focal points, including your breath, body, sound, and a mantra. Our time together will include an exploration of the topic, guided meditation, silence, and reflection time. All are welcome to join this program designed to help you meditate with present moment awareness. A Zoom link and password along with any relevant materials for the program will be sent to you before the program.

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.

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.

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.

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