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Living the spiritual life

Do you have questions about your spiritual life? Is it possible to reorient our lives in order to open the door to true spiritual transformation?

The community is invited to a 10-week, non-denomination study exploring the spiritual life as a journey of faith and transformation — a life that is deepened by accountability, community and relationships.

Beginning June 5 at 10 a.m., participants will utilize the timeless wisdom of renowned author Henry Nouwen to enhance their faith commitment to the spiritual disciplines required to live a spiritual life.

Weekly discussions are structured around Nouwen’s ten universal questions for living the spiritual life. The study text “Spiritual Direction — Wisdom for the long Walk of Faith” is wrapped in parables, personal narratives and biblical reflections. Nouwen’s text guides the reader on a faith-deepening journey.

The study is designed to include anyone, from any walk of faith, religious affiliation or non-affiliation, from those who consider themselves deeply spiritual to those who are simply curious or spiritually provoked. Participants will explore Nouwen’s universal spiritual questions through the use of personal reflection exercises and group discussions. Nouwen’s “Reflect and Journal” techniques are essential preparation for the weekly class conversations. Each chapter lends itself to small group discussions and reflection.

According to trained spiritual director Loretta Barker, “our time together will be to listen to that voice that speaks in our silence so that we may discover where God is active in our life right now and where we are being led.”

In Nouwen’s own words, “Being formed in God’s likeness involves the struggle to move from absurd living (distractions and disruptions), to obedient listening.”

The class will meet weekly at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. It is recommended that participants read the book prior to the first meeting. Then, re-read one chapter each week — slowly and meditatively — as preparation for the weekly discussions. Nouwen’s book is available from numerous websites and local bookstores. Bring your book and journal to the June 5 meeting.

There is no participation fee, however, participants are asked to register for the class prior to June 1 by completing the registration form found on the church website, Enrollment is limited and will close on June 5.

For additional information, contact Loretta Barker, 731-4440, or Cherlyn Gwin, 731-9666.