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Benedictine Mornings

Winter/Spring 2020

     Benedictine Mornings, an ecumenical gathering of women begun in 2008 with reading, reflecting, and sharing the wisdom of The Rule of Benedict, a spiritual guide for ordinary lives.  The four-month reading cycle invites a daily individual reading with Sr. Joan Chittister as our teacher.  A monthly Saturday morning gathering with a corporate Benedictine prayer pattern, a simple breakfast, and small group reflection helps us navigate this 1500 year old wisdom guide for today.
    Daily readings for individual reflection begin January 1st and conclude April 30th. In addition the optional additional reading will include portions from The Book of Joy – conversations with The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams. The later portion of The Book of Joy describes 8 Pillars of Joy: Perspective, Humility, Humor, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Compassion, and Generosity.

Saturday Mornings: the 3rd Saturday each month – Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 21, Apr 18
     Mornings include: 8:00-8:30 Open sanctuary for solitude and silent prayer
                                8:30 corporate prayers in Benedictine fashion
                                9:00 simple breakfast followed by small groups
                              10:45 closing prayer

Participation Includes:

  • faithful intention to attend all 4 Saturday gatherings and group process. (Volunteering to share in simple meal preparation and clean up, and Morning Prayer leadership are all optional.)

  • purchase and read daily, The Rule of Benedict with Sr. Joan Chittister as our guide; (purchase through or Barnes & Noble either the older edition subtitled Insight for the Ages, or the newer edition, A Spirituality for the 21st Century.)

  • a daily prayer practice – reading, reflecting, abiding

  • include optional reading and practice with The Book of Joy (Pillars of “Forgiveness, Gratitude, Compassion, and Generosity – found in the later part of the book)

A donation of $40 to the Center for Spirituality, Action and Transformation for the 4 month cycle is suggested.
Give what you are able. (Checks payable to C-SAT)

Location: Covenant Community Church – 134 E. Barney – Muskegon Hts, MI


Questions and information: “Contact Us” 

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