Soul and Spirit

Center for Spiritual Deepening and Development

A “true interior and spiritual life” is defined by Thomas Merton, renowned theologian, poet and scholar as “true growth, on my own, in depth, in a new direction. Whatever new direction God opens up for me. My job is to press forward, to grow interiorly, to pray, to break away from attachments and to defy fears, to grow in faith, which has its own solitude, to seek an entirely new perspective and new dimension in my life.”

Each of us longs to live deeply and authentically, to find our unique spiritual calling and live into it.
The theologian Frederick Buechner describes this call as “the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” This soul-work is the mission of the Center for Spiritual Deepening and Development. In doing this work of spiritual growth, we steward our faith, bear fruit and flourish; live wholeheartedly, wisely and well.

Workshops and Retreats

Workshops and Retreats offer rich fellowship and an inward dive with others seeking to deepen their faith and spiritual practice. Selections of Scripture, poetry and prose by inspirational writers such as Nouwen, Rumi, Shihab Nye and Angelou set the table for self-reflection and sharing of one’s life experiences. When possible, these workshops are facilitated at a retreat center, but can be online. The flexibility of online sessions brings in faraway friends who can participate via smartphone or home computer.

Saturday Sessions

Begin your Saturday morning on an inspirational note! Begin Your Weekend with Poetry brings us together to talk as a community about soulful literary selections chosen with a particular focus. Recent sessions have centered on protest verse of inclusion and how to be present in a chaotic world through contemplative practice and verse. Participants may be asked to share a selection precious to their lives, and choices can include not only poetry but prose or a piece of music.

Conversation Circles

The idea of Conversation Circles has emerged from the fellowship experience of the Saturday Sessions. Its time has come! We envision these circles as small discussion groups which meet on a regular basis. We welcome your creative input as to discussion topics.