Gentle Wisdom for the New Year

December 31 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Debra Barton

Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
The Lord is near.
-Phil 4:5

Gentleness is a gift we can give to others and ourselves as we journey together into a new year. Beginnings challenge our well-worn pathways and we are invited to claim a different kind of wisdom, even a new direction. And what may seem to be new is actually the wisdom and courage that is already yours through Christ.

Gathering for prayer, exploring the spirituality of creative living and supporting each other in silence we will practice the way of Gentleness. Some of the ways that Gentleness presents itself are as a life in balance, a sense of the holiness of life, and a grace whose manifestation is kindness.

For now, your presenter offers a blessing:
May you be blessed with God’s gentleness and serenity,
May you find the deep well of spiritual power that is your birthright,
May your life reach out toward the world bringing peace.

Guided by Debra Donnelly-Barton. Lunch is included.

Debra Donnelly-Barton, MA, is the Executive Director of the Center for Spiritual Development and is a seminary trained Spiritual Director with over 25 years of experience. She has studied at Stillpoint, Sewanee, University of the South and General Theological Seminary in New York. Her Master’s degree in Theology is from the Ecumenical Institute, St. Mary’s Seminary and University. Debra has led pilgrimages, workshops and retreats across the country, in many Episcopal dioceses, and for several Christian denominations. Debra has a private practice in Spiritual Direction, which informs all her ministries, emphasizing deep listening with others for whispers of the Spirit. Debra has written for the journal Presence, and recorded guided meditations Souls Illuminated by Light with a printed leader’s guide for Morehouse Publishing. Her website is

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Event Details

Date: December 31
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $60
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Debra Donnelly-Barton

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