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CONTEMPLATION

“Contemplation is the practice of being fully present – in heart, mind, and body – to what is in a way that allows you to creatively respond and work toward what could be” (Center for Action and Contemplation). Through practices such as centering prayer, meditation, and Lectio Divina, we learn to
hold all things lightly, to be silent, and to welcome each moment as it comes. For more information on contemplation and contemplative practices, click here.

Current Offerings

Spiritual Formation: A Call to Deep Listening.

If you are seeking a space where “you can slow down long enough to hear your own needs, to become calm without demanding answers that take more time, to stretch beyond irritations and deadlines to remember that the world of the soul is greater than the things that trap you in an arid dailiness” (Chittister, 2021, p. 89) – this invitation is for you. For more information, click here. If you are interested in participating in this group, contact Teresa Harris at harristt@jmu.edu or 540-383-5692 by December 15. 

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Personal Retreat

Taking a step back from the demands of daily life for an hour, a morning or afternoon, or perhaps even a longer day, can help to refresh and restore us. Such a retreat might include a time of prayer, reading, music and movement using the resources such as the labyrinth and meditation walk. You can find a guide for a personal retreat here.

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Labyrinth

A labyrinth is an ancient tool used by people around the world.  The pattern of pathways offers a contemplative journey as you move towards the center and the wind your way back out into the world.  Labyrinths are created in all sizes and in a variety of patterns.  An outdoor labyrinth is located on the grounds of Trinity Presbyterian Church. An indoor labyrinth and small handheld labyrinths are located in Centering Space with guides to support contemplation. During the season of Advent, a meditation guide is available in Centering Space with the indoor labyrinth, from the church office for the outside labyrinth, and by clicking here for an electronic copy.

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Meditation Walk

Trinity is blessed with beautiful grounds and places designed to encourage getting centered in creation. We've compiled a self-guided meditation walk around the grounds with a number of stops along the way. You may download the full guide here , find an online version here, or find hard copies by our Memorial Garden to be used while you walk around the grounds. You'll also find QR codes at many of the stations, which will take you to the full walk and individual stations.

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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a spiritual discipline designed to help us see past our presumptions by examining
small pieces of holy text with great care. We practice this discipline in small groups so that each
of us can see the text, and the piece of God it represents, with eyes other than our own. You
may participate at 5:45 on Wednesday and/or Friday mornings. Meeting details can be found
on the Calendar page. Feel free to email Mark Dewey for questions or additional details. We are
currently reading Philippians.

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The Prophetic Imagination Book Study

Join us for an online study of Walter Brueggemann’s book, The Prophetic Imagination, on Sunday mornings from 7:45-9:00 a.m. Each week, we read a portion of the text and reflect on what we understand Brueggemann is saying to us today. The link to this group can be accessed here and
on the Calendar page. Feel free to email Mark Dewey at mdewey7215@gmail.com for questions or additional details.

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