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Happy Father's Day
6/14/2019  Kathleen MacInnis Kichline

As soon as I flipped over the page of my revolving pictures, it caught my eye.  Alongside one another on my dresser were two identical poses of dads with babies, snapshots that captured two moments in time 50 years and three lifetimes apart.  On the left was my own father holding a pudgy, 2-year-old me in his left arm and my baby sister in his right.  On the right was my son-in-law holding my sweet-faced 2-year-old granddaughter in his left arm, her baby brother in his right.  Both Julia and I have our heads tilted at identical angles and smile with the engaging charm of little girls who’ve discovered where the camera is, while our too-young siblings stare disinterestedly down.  All of us are caught up in arms that wrap us securely and hold us fast.  It is the dads however, that catch my eye.  Suddenly they are equally young.  The joy evident in their holding their babies is matched by their confident gaze into a hoped-for future.

                                      
How fortunate are these grandchildren of mine to have a father so enthusiastic over their mere existence!  How fortunate was I, then and now.
Fathers’ Day is an invitation to look both backward and forward and sometimes, all around, at those men who have gathered us up in the strength of their arms, envisioned a future for us, and then, helped make it happen.  For some of us, like Julia, it is their daddy; sometimes other men step up and fill that role. 
 
 



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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
 
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).

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.

Retreats and Presentation

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.
 
To View Photos of the latest Retreat, Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth click on the link.  
 
A comment from Julie Joslund, Pastor of Edmonds Lutheran Church:
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. 

 
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.

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.
 
 

    
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