Monday, September 21, 2009

Fall Community Meeting October 10

The Urban Abbey is holding its fall community meeting on Saturday, October 10, 2009 from 9:00am - 3:00pm. The activities of the day will focus on practical ways to use the Rule of St. Benedict to balance and enhance our spiritual lives. The meeting is open to all and will provide an excellent introduction to the Urban Abbey. If you are in the Washington DC area and would like to attend, please contact us for further information.

Many of us go through life busy with the everyday tasks: things like getting kids to school and classes, work, squeezing in time at the gym, paying bills, staying on top of household chores and repairs and maybe time for a friend here and there. We often bring our “busyness” to church with our volunteer tasks. Always striving to get things done, we may find ourselves asking, "is this nourishing me or just something else I do?" We wonder how to have a less fragmented and more fulfilling life.

The Urban Abbey is hosting a single day retreat on October 10th to provide you with some very practical tools to try and help you answer that question for yourself. The retreat is based on Jane Tomaine’s book St. Benedict’s Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living. We will be exploring The Rule and its relevance for our modern day lives. There will be several opportunities through the day to try a variety of tools suggested in the book. Through this retreat you’ll discover how St. Benedict’s Rule can increase the quality of your life, showing us how, as Benedict says, “to open our eyes to the light that comes from God.”

The retreat is open to all. Please join us and bring a friend!

When: Saturday October 10, 2009

Time: 9:00am- 3:00pm

Where: St. George’s Parish Hall and Rhodes Room

Who: You and anyone you think would like to experience a variety of spiritual practices that can nourish and feed our lives.

Books: Jane Tomaine’s Book will be available for purchase for $12.00. It is not necessary to purchase or pre-read the book to participate. It will be a wonderful resource after the retreat.

Meal: A simple lunch will be provided.