An exciting group of 18-to-40-year-olds has come together to learn spiritual practices that lead to lives centered in God and from that place, to go about loving family, enjoying friends, and working and serving in the community. The Young Contemplatives meet monthly, October through May, to deepen their personal journey to God and make connections with other young adults. Dinner and childcare provided.
Come Join the Group
Consider making plans to spend the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a group of people who share a similar desire. You might want to attend if you are:
... a spiritual seeker
... desiring to improve your faith life,
connection, and practices
... trying to find your way to the next step
in your life
... wanting to live spiritually healthier
... interested in improving the outlook
and quality of your life
Animate BIBLE is an imaginative exploration of some of the practices central to the Christian faith such as prayer (previewed below), worship and communion.
This will be our third season engaging with the new "Animate" resources for Young Contemplatives through videos, conversations, and an animated journal.
Take a look at the video below!
Young Contemplatives meet on Wednesdays, as follows:
October 12, 2016, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
November 9, 2016, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
December 14, 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
January 11, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
February 8, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
March 8, 2017, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
April 12, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
May 10, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
What is Contemplative?
We often associate prayer with the words we say. Contemplative prayer—a contemplative life—is a way of being with God that does not depend on giving the Holy One information about what we would like done in the world. Just as friends can enjoy one another without conversation, a contemplative life is a way of being with God without wordiness. Contemplatives rest and wait. Keeping our hearts alert and awake to the presence of God and God’s Word, we listen.
The life of a contemplative requires patience, but it is not the heavy work that intercession can sometimes be. It can even be light, playful, tender and joyful. In a world given to activity and work, a contemplative life is peace filled—a life lived in God and God in us, attentive to God’s leading in the everyday events that make up our lives.
A contemplative life need not be a mystical experience; it is far more likely to be a restful experience of Christ dwelling in me.
Life makes it evident that what we think about shapes us. Saints throughout the ages have trusted that contemplating the truth, beauty and goodness of God ultimately shapes and changes their souls. Interior transformation is the fruit of a contemplative life.
Are you 18 to 40 Years Old?
For more than twelve years, Spiritual Transformation Ministry has gathered people from our church, our neighborhood, and our community across denominational lines to explore how to live a life attentive to God—a contemplative life. Last year, we extended a special invitation to emerging contemplatives—those between 18 and 40 years old who desired to come together to explore what a contemplative life might look like in a contemporary world; to develop a receptive posture of openness toward God; and to be formed and transformed by the Spirit so that their attitudes, actions and decisions come from a place of spiritual maturity and trust. There was a resoundingly positive response. If this is what you seek, please join us.
All (18-to-40 year olds) are welcome!
Contact: Marcie Watson, Director of Spiritual Transformation (319) 365-1494, firstname.lastname@example.org.