Reports in the media indicate a national decline in church membership and attendance.
Polls state that traditional religions no longer meet the needs of many people. In spite of this decline in formal church membership, there seems to be a growing interest in spirituality. People want to cultivate a true spiritual connection and sense the presence of Spirit within them. As a result, ancient practices such as meditation, contemplative prayer, lectio divina, and labyrinth walking have gained in popularity. Incense and candles are commonly used as aids to meditation.
In response to this upsurge in interest in spirituality, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church has invited local musicians Paul and Carla Roberts to provide music for meditation at their next Sunday Night Unplugged.
The Roberts are well known in our community for performing music from many cultures on a variety of instruments.
This time for meditation and music will be open to the public.
“I am personally looking forward to this time of peace and beautiful music,” says Fr. Doug Neel. “I think it is important for all of us, with the hectic nature of our lives, to find time to be still and silent. I hope that many in our community will use this as an opportunity in their spiritual journey.”
The service will be at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa, next to Pagosa Mountain Hospital.