|A Joyful Time...so grateful|
|04/21/2021 Kathleen MacInnis Kichline|
9 am Saturday morning, standing outside the sliding doors at XNA, the local airport. "Passengers Only,” says the sign, so I peer through the glass until I see a familiar silhouette descending on the escalator. He waves and as he gets closer; I see that grin. The doors slide open, I go to my tippy-toes, and he bends down. I hug him, rocking back and forth saying, "I am so happy, I am so happy.” I think he actually lifted me slightly as we moved a bit aside so that others could go by—but I wasn’t letting go. There were thirteen months of longing in that embrace.
Hugging my 22-year-old grandson. That was my moment of reunion after Covid isolation. There have already been others: a family dinner for my daughter’s birthday, the simple act of gathering with neighbors, returning to in-person worship on Easter morn—even if it was masked and SD. These reunions are playing themselves out, or will soon, all around us. Thank God, yes, thank You! I do hope that all of you have experienced such reunions or hope to soon.
You are now free to get up and move about the cabin...
Assisi Follow-up: More Good News
is the online journal born of the Assisi Colloquy that could not convene due to Covid-19. The website for that is now up and running and can be accessed here: MAGDALA
. There is much more still to be added--including the first journal edition in November. That edition on the Holy Spirit will include my article on Teresa of Avila and Her Poetry. I'll let you know once that appears. Meanwhile, MAGDALA has provided a link to my website--nice. The journal comes out of Italy and will be offered in three languages: English, Italian and French. Guess we've now gone international!
A more apt name might be "spiritual companioning.” I often think of the disciples on the Road to Emmaus when doing Spiritual Direction. On life's road, Christ draws alongside, unseen but ever present, though we are often only partially aware. Spiritual Direction is intentional attentiveness to that Presence in the company of an other who walks that same journey. To read more about this gentle disciple, go to the Spiritual Direction
page on this website.
Spiritual Direction with Kathleen is also available via phone/Skype or in person at either of two locations: Lynnwood, WA (occasionally) and Bella Vista, AR (regularly). For more information on Spiritual Direction please contact Kathleen!
Sisters in Scripture offers a variety of studies available for purchase from this site.
Each study seeks to prayerfully engage the scriptures to arrive at meaning for today and in our everyday lives. To do so, we enter the story through the lens of various biblical characters using both biblical scholarship and our own creative imagination.
Each chapter includes Background, Prayer, Reflection Questions, and a Closer Look at the Text. To see the full line of studies, go to the Bible Studies
page or the Purchase Books
page on this site.
What is Sisters in Scripture?
Sisters in Scripture began as a bible study for women and while it still is that today, the ministry has grown into much more. Bible Studies were followed by workshops and presentations which evolved into a full line of retreat offerings—some as short as a partial day, others over several days, on a rich variety of topics.
Retreats and Presentations
As with the interactive focus in my studies, the retreats are also designed to help participants enter into and experience the theme through a variety of modalities: prayer, silence, presentation, discussion, music, art, poetry, etc.
In addition to leading retreats, for the past four years, I have been co-teaching a course on Spiritual Retreats in the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University, a sacred task that allows retreat ministry to expand through the future ministries of those I teach.
Upcoming 2021 Retreats
Once Upon a Time In a Town Called Nazareth
An Advent retreat with Betsey Beckman, Using scripture, art, music, dance, poetry and our creative imagination we go back to a time and place and a young Jewish girl named Mary.
Witness On The Way
A Lent retreat and interactive Stations of the Cross, again presented with Betsey Beckman. Together we created stories around each of the 14 stations, stories that centered on the lives and witness of those who were there.
Encounters with the Risen Lord
Let us go back to those first days after He rose. What was it like to encounter the Risen Lord? Using the various post-resurrection appearances, we will break open these scripture stories with creative imagination, song, prayer, and faith-sharing--closing with a unique Stations of the Resurrection.
To View Photos of a previous Retreat, Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth, click on the link.
A partial list of retreat offerings would include:
- Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth,
- The Women Who Follow Jesus
- Four Women Doctors of the Church
- Giving Voice to Our Hearts
- Women of the Early Church
- Two Theresa's
- The Devotional Life of Biblical Women
- At the Foot of the Cross
- Rachel and Leah: At Odds with Ourselves
- God's Gift of Abundant Time (also a book!)
- Mary Magdalene: Fact and Fiction - What Would Snopes Say?
- Teresa of Avila: Her Poetry as Window Into Her Life
- Hildegard of Bingen: A "Contemporary" Contemplative
- Prisca: Paul's Right-Hand-Woman
- Miriam of Exodus: the Girl Who Watched by the Nile
- Grandparents of Jesus (also a book!)
- The First Supper
- Witnesses on the Way: an Interactive Stations of the Cross
- Encounters with the Risen Lord
- Grandmother God: Loving as God Loves (also a book!)
- An Evening with Esther
- Wisdom from Tobit
Comments from Retreat Participants
Thank you so much for the Saturday session. It was informative and also fun! I liked the way you involved all of us. I am always impressed by your knowledge and the obvious love you have for teaching. - LF, Arkansas
I really appreciate your gentle welcoming presence. I benefit not just from the content of your sessions, but from the gems you drop along the way. - MW, Washington
I think the audience participation was the best I have seen. I also think that your detailed knowledge of the multiple subjects was truly impressive. – KB, Connecticut
I feel it is such a privilege to read the materials and then hear your lectures and to be with such equally interested and interesting women. What a great experience it has been for me. Thanks for being the wonderful scholar and teacher you are. – PH, Minnesota
This is one of the best things that I have done for myself in months. I thoroughly enjoyed the time. It was well spent. I was very satisfied with the content and would be very interested in more courses like this. - KW, Washington
A comment from Julie Joslund, Pastor:
Kathleen and Betsey’s Advent Retreat Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth is fabulous! The story and the inspiration of young Mary becoming the mother of our Lord - with all the incumbent questions, joys and fears - comes to life with the images, colors, words, songs and dances from long ago Nazareth…. right up to today. Participants are involved and included in the retreat experience. It is hands on and fulfilling. Everyone goes away with a full heart, ready to engage the season of Advent and the coming once again of Christ into our days.