For thousands of years, men and women of faith have recognized the connection between solitude and a deep abiding relationship with God. Yet in today’s hurried world, the idea of being still seems as impractical as it is impossible.

Is it possible that solitude and stillness is precisely what our distracted lives require? “Be still and know that I am God” seems like a good idea, but how do you even go about doing that?

We are excited for the opportunity for you to learn from our friends, Mark and Shell Cowper-Smith. For over 30 years, they have been teaching people how to… well, for lack of a better term… pray. Not the sort of prayer that you might be familiar with where you pray for people and things.  But abiding prayer… the kind of prayer that actually transforms you from the inside out because it is more about fostering one’s relationship with God, than about getting things from God.

In another time and on another continent, the Jesuits would have called this contemplative prayer. And if there is anything we Christians need today, it is to grow in the practices that have sustained the saints of old.

Join us for a lunch to hear why we would benefit from learning to abide in prayer. This is a story that involves a prohibited conversation in a nunnery, and a lawyer turned Jesuit-trained spiritual director who now works in a charismatic Protestant church in Escondido. Thankfully, Shelly will be present to restrain translate and offer wisdom.

Abiding Prayer – Lunch and Learn

When: Weds, May 4, 2022, 12:00p – 1:30p
Where: Communion Church, 6555 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA 92111
Who and Why: To help anyone that would like to learn how to grow deeper in their faith through contemplative prayer. Also good for those of us who may feel that prayer is more often an obligation rather than a delight.

Cost: $10
Register by: Friday, April 29

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