This Lenten retreat, inspired by a painting at Bon Secours, offers an invitation to immerse ourselves imaginatively in the gospel stories that take place in Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Bethany is the place where Jesus seems to have found respite, rest and a home at critical moments in his ministry. The weekend will feature a series of meditations, with art and original poetry, around the family relationships at Bethany, and especially on their experiences of friendship, grief, loss and companionship. Through times of silence and directed writing exercises, guests will be invited to engage their imaginations in reading and praying with Scripture. We will bring to life the characters and places in the Bethany stories, and reflect on what these stories may have to say to our own lives and relationships as we pursue our Lenten journey together. The day includes lunch. Guided by Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt.
Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt, SCHC, has worked as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at a number of venues in the Washington, DC area, including Virginia Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary. An active independent scholar, she earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale University, where she pursued interdisciplinary studies in poetics and religion, focusing on modern poetry. She has written and edited two books and many articles on the British Catholic artist and poet David Jones (1895-1974) and directs the David Jones Research Center based in the Washington, DC.area. Her classes focus on writing, literature, spirituality and explorations of vocation. Kathy offers retreats and workshops at many area churches and retreat centers, including the annual Evelyn Underhill Day of Quiet offered at the Washington National Cathedral each year in June, as well as courses and retreats on poetry as spiritual practice. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in Weavings, Christianity and Literature, Sewanee Theological Review, Anglican Theological Review, Ruminate and Spiritus. Kathy is the author of three books of poems: Annunciations: Poems out of Scripture, Waving Back: Poems of Mothering Life, and GoodPlaces. Most recently she has edited This Thing Called Poetry: An Anthology of Poems by Young Adults with Cancer(2019). Kathy is a Companion in the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross (SCHC).