Classes and Meditation

Praying with Ignatius

Ratcheting ourselves into another season of uncertainty may seem daunting, especially when our true desire may be wanting a deeper understanding of who we are in this troubled time.nPerhaps you’ve been wanting to make a retreat, but since our movement has been somewhat curtailed, an Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life might be just the thing you are desiring. In this retreat we are invited to take intentional time each week to experience a richer freedom and love in our lives. The retreat includes a commitment to daily prayer, weekly small group interaction, as well as individual meetings with the spiritual director.

The Retreat in Daily Life is a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola, where we will deepen in our relationship with God byopening our lives to the work of God.. One of peace instead of fear, of love instead of hostility, of grace instead of gracelessness. One that honors both ourselves and those within our communities.

A time-honored tradition from the 16th century, this 30-week prayer experience was designed by St. Ignatius and continues to meet the current needs and sensibilities of today’s seekers.  In other words, people like you and me.

The retreat includes a commitment to daily prayer, weekly small group interaction, as well as individual meetings with the spiritual director.

WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID

Considering that Ignatius established the Jesuit order and the Spiritual Exercises almost 500 years ago, the history is powerful.  I am confident that their world then and during the 450 years since has been just as complicated and difficult for them as ours is for us today.  Two years ago, I was beginning to search for a way to improve my spiritual life and build on my relationship with God. Ruthanne Svendsen suggested that I consider attending her group on Ignatian Spirituality. It was slow going for me at first as I am completely resistant to change, but Ruthanne is a skilled and intuitive spiritual director and worked with me where I was.  (very Ignatian) I learned that through Ignatian Spirituality there is a “way of proceeding” and that I am learning to “find God in all things”.

– Phil Baxter

At first it was difficult to understand and complete the exercises, until I realized that there wasn’t a “right answer”.  Without the confines of right versus wrong,  l was able to get out of my head and embrace the feelings that were a vital part of each of the exercises.  If you want to experience a greater depth in your spiritual life please, give yourself the gifts that accompany the Ignatius exercises.

-Karla Jensen

DATES AND CONTACT INFO

Contact Ruthanne Svendsen at:  ruthannesvendsen@sbcglobal.net for questions and conversation.

Day:  Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: To be determined.

Rev.  Ruthanne Svendsen, MDiv, Spiritual Director; graduate of the San Francisco Theological Seminary Program in the Art of Spiritual Direction.  2021-2022 will be her 26th season in leadership.

Guided Meditation with Fred Luskin

June 20 Forum, 11:30 AM
Guided Meditation with Fred Luskin
A time of guided meditation to build resilience and find peace with Dr. Fred Luskin, the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project. Sign up for our e-news to get the Zoom link.

Yoga

Dates: Ongoing
Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm
Cost: Fee

with instructor Helen McGee of ElementalHarmony.com
please visit the website for rates and more information
Mats are available; no experience necessary.

Building the Beloved Community

Dates: 2/24/2021-4/7/2021
Times: Wednesdays, 6-7pm
Cost: Free

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What are the skills and tools that can help us build the beloved community and meet God in each other? Rev. Anne and Rev. Robin from St. Mary’s Napa from will co-lead this series. We will look at the value of cultivating and listening to a diversity of voices. We will learn practical skills for engaging in conversation across a cultural divide, look at what we bring to conversation, as well as group dynamics in building an affirming space for difference.