What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term Spiritual Practice? For me, Spiritual Practice is two-fold, allowing me to establish discipline in my life and to connect and share with others.
Being in community at All Souls
I wanted to find a way to bring people from our three services together—where everyone could discover and learn about how to be in community through spiritual practice.
I now lead a class called Everyday Spiritual Practices during our Wednesday Connections program. Each week, we explore a spiritual practice of writing, music, knitting, coloring, poetry or intentional conversation, among others. I will often incorporate our monthly theme into the practice.
“Our individual and collective worlds can feel so polarizing. Spiritual Practices connect us back together.”
Commitment and consistency
The Everyday Spiritual Practices class is a great way to be in community at the church and to gather for reflection and encouragement. Learning these methods gives your inside, internal world meaning—connecting your self-discoveries with other people who are seeking and curious.
The format the class starts with a reading, a chalice lighting, a time for meditation (with music), introduction of the topic, a time of discussion and/or a specific activity.
Spiritual Practice is not an over-the-top religious experience.
It’s a core dialogue and a strengthening of discipline that starts deep within. Spiritual Practices can take many shapes—such as gardening, sitting in silence, journaling, or walking a labyrinth. Almost anything can be made into a spiritual practice because the basis is commitment and consistency.
It’s a way to find the places and spaces that are tucked away, inquisitive, dormant or hurting on the inside and to bring them forward as a point of reflection to find meaning and purpose.
Each Wednesday, you are invited to come together with this purpose in mind. If you are in a place of resolution, or intention, move to action and join us! Bring your whole self and I promise you will be filled, challenged, and leave with a sense of connection and hope.
Join Nicole and our All Souls community each week for our Wednesday Connections program, starting with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Nicole leads her Everyday Spiritual Practices class at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday Connections: All are welcome to dinner and WOW Chapel, and we have a host of classes, groups, and spiritual practices for all ages. For details and full-class listings, visit http://allsoulschurch.org/wednesday-connections/.
Join us at All Souls on every Sunday in February 2019 to explore the theme of Spiritual Practice and Prayer.
We will also be celebrating Black History Month with special guest speakers and musicians in our services.
We’d love to have you with us in-person or online, together in community and covenant.
Live stream services are at 10:00 a.m. CST for our Traditional service or the 11:30 a.m. CST Contemporary service.
Listen to all our services, including the Humanist Hour (Sundays at 11:30 a.m.) on our weekly podcast, too.