Sisters in Scripture
 
 
Christ has walked this path
02/17/2021  

 
 
Today is Ash Wednesday and we begin again a walk--familiar, dear, difficult by design, and rich with meaning and memory. Lent is often seen as a 40 day journey, following in the footsteps of Jesus. But after a near full-year of the forced march of Covid, we may want to think twice before putting one foot in front of another. We are tired, without ambition to take on more. 

This may be the year to re-frame the journey. This simple, lovely song by Jeff Johnson brings us back to an all important truth. Click below, listen, and know you are not alone. (and read all the way through to the bottom for Lent ideas)
 


 

Witnesses on the Way

Mid-way through Lent, Betsey and I are offering a Zoom retreat and would love to have you join us. It is a surprisingly easy and personal format and can be joined no matter where you live. Through scripture, reflection, music, and prayer we will creatively recreate the Stations of the Cross and the stories leading up to them. 

Saturday, March 13th, 9am – 3pm (PDT)
10am – 4pm (MDT), 11am – 5pm (CDT), 12pm – 6pm (EDT)
"lunch” break included
via Zoom for St. Placid’s Priory, Lacey, WA 

What to expect…
The morning begins by setting the scene, the great city of Jerusalem in the spring of the year at Passover, in times both troubled and hopeful. Who was there? We gather the witnesses, those whose lives will be changed forever by the events of that day. We will be given the name for the Witness that will be ours and join a zoom breakout with others having the same person. Using scripture, historical background, reflection questions, and our creative imagination we create the back story for our specific Witness. After our breakout, we come together to meet the other Witnesses. 
 
Prayer, song and movement are woven throughout all of these gatherings, large and small.  
 
After lunch break, we are guided in planning the liturgy for an interactive Stations of the Cross. Our retreat ends with the Stations in character, a powerful and moving experience. Once again, Kathleen will be joined by Betsey Beckman as co-presenter!  
 
To register: Contact The Priory Program price: $55

 
How many times has the cross been traced upon your brow? First at baptism with the sweet scent of chrism, then sometime later, with one hand still in your mother's, you may have lifted an upturned face to repeat that action with ashes--and repeated it many times more.

Some of us--my siblings, children, and grandchildren, for sure, remember the cross traced upon our foreheads each time we departed from home, "God bless you and bring you home safely." We never started out on a journey unblessed.

However you choose to start this Lent, may you know that you are blessed, that you walk with good companions, and that you are held in strong fingered Hands.


 
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 Assisi Follow-up: More Good News

MAGDALA 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! 

Spiritual Direction

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! 

 Bible Studies

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. 
 
Recently, online retreats have been added to in-person retreats

 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

 

 Witnesses on the Way

Come prepare for the upcoming Holy Week through the eyes of those who were there-- the Witnesses on the Way.  Through scripture, reflection, music, and prayer we will creatively recreate the Stations of the Cross and the stories leading up to them.

Saturday, March 13th, 9am – 3pm (PDT)
10am – 4pm (MDT) 11am – 5pm (CDT) 12pm – 6pm (EDT) "lunch” break included
via Zoom for St. Placid’s Priory, Lacey, WA
Cost $55

What to expect…
The morning begins by setting the scene, the great city of Jerusalem in the spring of the year at Passover, in times both troubled and hopeful.  Who was there?  We gather the witnesses, those whose lives will be changed forever by the events of that day.  We draw names for the Witness that will be ours and join a zoom breakout with others having the same person.  Using scripture, historical background, reflection questions, and our creative imagination we create the back story for our specific Witness.  After our breakout, we come together to meet the other Witnesses.

Prayer, song and movement are woven throughout all of these gatherings, large and small.  

After lunch break, we are guided in planning the liturgy for an interactive Stations of the Cross.  Our retreat ends with the Stations in character, a powerful and moving experience.  
Once again, Kathleen will be joined by Betsey Beckman as co-presenter! 

 Available Retreats
A partial list of retreat offerings would include:
  • Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth,
  • The Women Who Follow Jesus
  • The First Supper
  • Witnesses on the Way: an Interactive Stations of the Cross
  • Encounters with the Risen Lord
  • God’s Gift of Abundant Time
  • Grandmother God: Loving as God Loves
  • An Evening with Esther, and
  • Wisdom from Tobit
To View Photos of a previous Retreat, Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth, click on the link.  

 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. 



    
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