all soul’s day
november 2 & 3, 2012
covenant baptist church
"cultivating a nourishing silence"
We had been planning and dreaming and praying about this retreat for over a year now — a 24-hour guided pilgrimage centered around the cultivation of silence & solitude — and around fostering meaningful conversation and friendships, both old and new. It was a relaxing time of sharing meals, practicing ‘canonical’ fixed-hour prayers in community, and gathering to participate in a handful of curated sessions. These core conversations and spiritual practices focused on on intimacy with God and “cultivating a nourishing silence.”
We built in ample time to wander about in the woods, walk the Labyrinth, seek simplicity and beauty, participate in some artistic exploration, help prepare meals in community, and enter into the Benedictine practice of ora et labora— literally, “prayer and work” —as we shared in some light work on the grounds here at Covenant. Our hope was to create an intimate setting for solitude, reflection, creativity, and communion with God.
Together, we prayed and worshiped and carved away time to breathe, pray, walk, and sing — ushering in a slow-paced, contemplative spirituality — the kind that expects the Holy Spirit to “show up”.