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Oct
19
Thu

An Awakening to Faith: We are Born of Stardust @ Spiritual Renewal Center

Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

As one approach to discussing the interaction of science with religious beliefs and eventually with Ignatian spirituality, I will present the current scientific understanding of the universe and the evolution of life within it. The universe is 13.8 billion years old and it contains about 100 billion galaxies each of which contains on the average 200 billion stars of an immense variety. As these stars live and die they provide the chemicals necessary for the evolution of life. We came to be in this universe. We are born of stardust!

Our religious faith leads us to ask a further question. Did we come about by chance or by necessity? There is a third element here that is very important. It is what we might call the “fertility” of the universe. In this light I am going to present in broad strokes what I think is some of the best of our modern scientific understanding of the universe and of the evolution of life.

Did God do it? In my attempt to answer this question I will then reflect on St. Ignatius of Loyola’s spirituality of “finding God in all things.” Furthermore, as contemplatives in action and born of the stuff of the universe, we are co-creators with God in the future of the universe.

Nov
9
Thu

Tree of Life: Living the New Creation

Nov 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Ancient Christian artists frequently depicted the Cross of Christ as a life-giving tree, growing amid a new creation. Liturgies of eastern Christian churches equate the Cross to the Tree of Life described in the book of Genesis. Such imagery and such forms of worship invite reflection. What is Christian spirituality like when the theme of a New Creation is its principal idea, and a living Cross its symbol? Can these images from long ago and far away be revived, and resonate for modern Christians? Join us at the Spiritual Renewal Center on Thursday, November 9 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, for a workshop that explores these questions and suggests some answers.

The first hour will demonstrate how widespread Living Tree imagery once was, and revel in its Bible-based iconography. Early crosses from Scotland to China will be shown and deciphered.

The second hour will highlight the significance of this imagery for the every-day life and prayer of Christian believers today.

Our presenter is Rev. Donnel O’Flynn, retired Episcopal priest who most recently served as rector here in central New York. He is the author of the recently published book Holy Cross, Life-Giving Tree.

 

 

Nov
16
Thu

Building the Beloved Community: Welcoming the Reign of God Together @ Spiritual Renewal Center

Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel!” With these enigmatic and hopeful words Jesus begins his ministry in the Gospel of Mark. In announcing the coming of God’s reign, Jesus urges his followers to renew their hearts and trust in his good news. Amidst our social and political divisions, how might Jesus’ message of repentance, tenderness, and responsibility enliven us to better care for our neighbor? What resources within the Christian tradition might help us to build a society that more closely resembles God’s dream for the world?

Please join us for this event when Jesuit novice Shaun Slusarski will lead this evening of encouragement.   Shaun studied theology at Boston College and Villanova University and taught religious studies at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. A 2nd year novice, he is spending this fall at the Center and participating in several of our ministries.

Nov
18
Sat

Midlife Crisis & Spiritual Opportunity @ Spiritual Renewal Center

Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Typically defined as ages 45-65, the “middle years” present unique challenges in our spiritual development as we start looking inward to figure out how we fit into ourselves. You are invited to join the Rev. Dr. Ginny Smith, a retired Presbyterian clergyperson, in exploring spiritual developmental tasks to nurture your relationship with God.

Dec
7
Thu

Sacred Waiting: An Advent Reflection @ Spiritual Renewal Center

Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sr. Marise May, OSF, D.Min

Most of us have a difficult time waiting for anything.  Our culture is geared to speed, instant response and high production.  Yet biblical insights seem to indicate that waiting is a favorite school for God’s teaching.  Join Sr. Marise May as she presents this Advent presentation.

What is the experience of some of our ancestors in faith and latter day mystics of waiting on the Lord? Can I—even with my personality—develop the patience that God requires of me? This presentation will attempt to answer these questions and link spiritual waiting to the Christian Fruits of the Spirit.

 Sr. Marise May will be our presenter. Marise is a staff spiritual directior, coordinates the Center’s offering of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and teaches in our Horizons Foundational Program for the Training of Spiritual Directors.

Dec
8
Fri

Sacred Waiting: An Advent Reflection @ Spiritual Renewal Center

Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sr. Marise May, OSF, D.Min

Most of us have a difficult time waiting for anything.  Our culture is geared to speed, instant response and high production.  Yet biblical insights seem to indicate that waiting is a favorite school for God’s teaching.  Join Sr. Marise May as she presents this Advent presentation.

What is the experience of some of our ancestors in faith and latter day mystics of waiting on the Lord? Can I—even with my personality—develop the patience that God requires of me? This presentation will attempt to answer these questions and link spiritual waiting to the Christian Fruits of the Spirit.

 Sr. Marise May will be our presenter. Marise is a staff spiritual directior, coordinates the Center’s offering of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and teaches in our Horizons Foundational Program for the Training of Spiritual Directors.

Dec
21
Thu

And the Soul Felt Its Worth: An Evening of Christmas Poetry @ Spiritual Renewal Center

Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Christmas season offers Christians an invaluable opportunity to behold the awesome mysteries at the heart of the faith. Poets old and new alike have attempted to shed light on these mysteries through the power of their words. Join us on Thursday evening, December 21, at 7 p.m. for this festive evening of inspirational poetry that will surely be a respite during the most wonderful (and too often stressful) time of the year. Carols and holiday refreshments included!

Shaun Slusarski, our Jesuit novice, will lead this event – his last presentation during his time with us!

Jan
5
Fri

Silent Directed Retreat Weekend @ Christ the King Retreat House

Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 7 @ 12:00 pm

Tired of making New Year’s resolutions? Is it the “same old, same old” every year, making resolutions only to break them sooner or later? Why not let God make your resolutions for you for 2018?

In a few days of silence with God and with a trained spiritual director, you may well come to know what God is calling you to in this new year. What a wonderful way to start 2018!

Our annual silent directed retreat will be held at Christ the King Retreat Retreat House from 6 p.m. Friday, January 5, until noon on Sunday, January 7. The fee includes the beautiful environs of the retreat house with a private room, all meals and snacks, quiet time for rest and prayer, and individual sessions with a spiritual director. The Eucharist will be celebrated on Saturday evening.

Directors for this year’s retreat will be Rose Bill, MFIC, Matt Cortese, SJ, Jim Krisher, Marise May, OSF, and Lana Riley – all staff spiritual directors from the Spiritual Renewal Center. You may indicate a preference for spiritual director when you register, if you wish. Contact the Center to make your reservation for this grace-filled time of retreat.

$250 offering. $25 non-refundable deposit by December.

Jan
17
Wed

Deep Is Calling Unto Deep @ Spiritual Renewal Center

Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sr. Rose Raymond Wagner

An evening of reflection on the sacred Psalms will invite us to a fuller appreciation of the ways these 150 inspired prayers connect our human hearts with the Heart of the Divine. Sr Rose Raymond Wagner will be our presenter.

Jan
18
Thu

Deep Is Calling Unto Deep @ Spiritual Renewal Center

Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sr. Rose Raymond Wagner

A morning of reflection on the sacred Psalms will invite us to a fuller appreciation of the ways these 150 inspired prayers connect our human hearts with the Heart of the Divine. Sr Rose Raymond Wagner will be our presenter.