Today, centering prayer. Here in Connecticut, Mike Smoolca has resurrected two moribund chapters of organizations devoted to this form of quiet prayer. He is joined by Grace Padilla, a longtime practitioner of centering prayer who singlehandedly brought the practice to the Philippines, her home country. At this fractious time in our country’s and church’s history, this may be the balm we need.
Terrlyn Curry Avery coined the title “pastologist” to reflect her dual roles as a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist. She works with clients of all religious denominations whose painful experiences at the hands of the church are keeping them from thriving. Rev. Avery will be leading a workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott in Norwich on Sept. 15. Information can be found at _sacredintelligence.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“My faith is in God, not in any church…”
So writes Sr. Eileen Dooling, executive director of Mercy By The Sea Retreat & Conference Center in Madison, CT, in this thoughtful blog post: