Advent retreat
Dec 2, 2022

Listen, listen, wait in silence, Listening… For the One, from whom all mercy flows. During the holy season of Advent, we are a waiting people. Just as the Jewish people of the 1st century awaited the long-expected Messiah and still, in our day, look for Messiah’s coming, those who accept Jesus as the fulfillment of this promise, spend the four weeks before Christmas in joyful expectancy each year. At this start of Advent, we gather to reflect on ... Continue reading...

Sep 16, 2022

Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Connecting with God We spend a lot of our lives busily going from one task to the next. We often miss the present moment. The present moment is where we meet God. The present moment is also where we find the space to respond in healthier ways to our experiences instead of reacting automatically. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to ... Continue reading...

centering prayer, prayer group
Jun 28, 2022

Held in person on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1-2pm and on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7-8pm. For these in-person sessions, registration is required and preferred in advance. If you have not registered in advance, please arrive early so that you can register at our Welcome Center. (Virtual Zoom sessions will be the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month from 1-2pm. Register by emailing facilitator Amy Kulesa at Amy_Kulesa@bshsi.org.) Centering Prayer is a form ... Continue reading...

reimaging prayer
Jun 10, 2022

This retreat for women is an opportunity to experience prayer practices that invite you to a new relationship with God, with yourself, and with the people in your life. Together we will explore body prayer, journaling, Lectio Divina, walking meditation, and other experiences that bring our bodies, minds, and spirits into the act of authentic prayer. We will have opportunities for conversation, silence, movement, and contemplation, all of which will be invitations for deep listening ... Continue reading...

finding God in the mess
Apr 6, 2022

Now that activities have resumed, are you finding that your calendar feels too full? Are you stressed from feeling pulled into too many directions with endless 'to-do' lists? Today's post offers reflections from the gifted Joyce Rupp that may help you to relish a few quiet moments in contemplation, especially as we approach Holy Week. So, let's sit in a comfortable position, let's breathe in and out, in and out, and pray to be able ... Continue reading...

silent retreat, Advent, waiting
Apr 1, 2022

Mary DeTurris Poust presented a virtual Lenten retreat last month and shared a beautiful guided meditation with the guests. We're happy to share this with our readers too. Please see below. So, let's take a deep breath and enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pWDC3iOYNU Continue reading...

prayers for peace
Jan 23, 2022

Keeping with the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., we are sharing a week of prayers for peace today. Will you commit just a few minutes to sit in silence and pray for peace each day this week? Sunday Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill my heart, my world, my universe. Amen. ~Universal Peace Prayer Monday Keep us, O God, from ... Continue reading...

beautiful scenery
Jan 21, 2022

It's easy to focus on the cold and barren setting of winter, but there is so much beauty in the season too. Let's take a few moments to meditate on some of the wonders of this quiet season and connect with our Creator. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0l-k-LyQB8 Continue reading...

silent retreat, Advent, waiting
Dec 10, 2021

Is this season of waiting difficult for you to grasp and appreciate? Today's post by retreat presenter and gifted writer, Mary DeTurris Poust, may resonate with you. An Unlikely Advent Journey For the longest time, I considered myself more of a Lent person than an Advent person. The journey through the desert felt familiar, the three-prong practice of fasting, prayer and charity was concrete and easy to grasp. As I age, I find myself learning to love ... Continue reading...

being present
Dec 1, 2021

Today's post comes from retreat presenter, Mary DeTurris Poust. It's a great reminder, especially as we begin the season of Advent. Will you take some time to pause during this special time of anticipation and hope? Becoming a participant in your own life by Mary DeTurris Poust on November 3, 2021 It’s amazing how we can convince ourselves that we simply don’t have the time to do even the little things that might make our lives demonstrably better. ... Continue reading...