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Learning to Dance with God in Every Place
November 1 at 6:00 pm-November 2 at 2:00 pm
Liturgical Living: Learning to Dance with God in Every Place
A workshop on faith at home facilitated by author and artist Gertrud Mueller Nelson
Friday evening, November 1, 2019, 6–8 p.m., Bloedel Hall;
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Skinner Auditorium
Dear Beautiful St. James Community,
This year we are exploring the sacred in the ordinary as well as our Episcopal sacraments. We were planning to host a grief ritual to honor the many losses we have experienced over the past years on November 1, 2019, however, our plans have changed. We still plan to create such a grief ritual in the new year, but we couldn’t pass up this wonderful offering from Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. I have been attending quarterly meetings of diocesan faith formation leaders where there has been tremendous excitement about a weekend with Gertrud Mueller Nelson that the Cathedral is hosting. She is an internationally known artist, author, teacher and speaker who shares how we might “dance with God” in our lives from birth to death. It is my understanding that these offerings will touch on grief, loss and ways to celebrate our relationship with the Saints and our own life and death.
Seasons and cycles in our year and in our very life-cycles have always been marked and celebrated by cultures throughout the world. The Church in its faithlife celebrates these cycles as well. In our liturgies they are elevated; in our sacraments they are blessed, underscored, and made communal. Collective observances and personal observances are enriched through traditions and rituals. How does our faithlife in church benefit from ceremony and sacrament? How could our familial and personal lives be enriched with our awareness and a conscious way to celebrate? Have you noticed those unconscious rituals that already shape our lives? Come join us as Gertrud Mueller Nelson shares her understanding of how we might “dance with God” in our simple daily cycles, in the cycles of the church year, and in the sacred celebration that is our very life, from birth to our final transition to eternity.
Co-sponsored by the Diocese of Olympia and Saint Mark’s Children & Family Ministries. Program is free with required registration Friday and Saturday. Community dinner at 6 p.m. Friday with free-will offering.
You can find out more and register for the event at https://saintmarks.org/learn/wisdom-school/liturgical-living-learning-to-dance-with-god-in-every-place/
We encourage our St. James family to register and join us for the Friday evening supper and presentation, the Saturday workshop, or both. Consider this an opportunity to nurture St. James, your family and yourself with new thoughts about honoring the sacred in the ordinary.
Maggie Yowell Wilson