Join us for Wednesdays Away, a time of spiritual renewal one Wednesday a month from September through June. This upcoming year we will continue to gather virtually from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Zoom. Our time together includes prayer and conversation, led by a spiritual director and focusing on a different spiritual practice or theme each month. The cost is $10 per gathering. These monthly retreats are open to all people interested in exploring new faith practices. Attend one or attend all—and be sure to invite friends to join you.
You can read more about the themes for each retreat below. Click here to register for one or all of the gatherings. **Note: The Zoom link will be sent out the Tuesday before the gathering. Please register by noon on the previous Tuesday to ensure you receive all materials and the link.**
Wednesdays Away Dates and Themes
|September 9, 2020||
Our scriptures abound with stone altars built at places where people encountered God. In the midst of times when the ground beneath us may seem shaky, loose, and insecure, we’ll find the solid ground sanctified by God’s holy and life-giving presence.
|October 7, 2020||
Call Me By Name, God
From being intimately created in the image of God, to having God breathe life into the first human being, to the waters of baptism claiming us as one of God’s own, we are indeed God’s beloved. Through the scriptures that speak to how intimately we are known, may we come to embrace ourselves as valued and holy.
|November 4, 2020||
Give Thanks, with a Grateful Heart
Preparing for Thanksgiving, where have you experienced God’s love and faithfulness during this year of uncertainty, illness, and separation? What have been the stabilizing forces in your life that bring you to gratitude in the midst of all that has and perhaps still is changing and challenging you?
|December 2, 2020||
The Coming of Christ
We are accustomed to the “wait” of Advent, anticipating God’s incarnation in Jesus. Are we as ready to make welcome those in whom Christ comes to us today?
|January 6, 2021||
Star Gifts: Words to Ponder All Year Long
On this day of Epiphany, we celebrate God’s presence breaking through to shine as a light in the darkness. We will reflect upon the ways in which God’s light shines in the darkness of our lives. Remembering the wise men who followed the star that led them to the Christ Child, we will each receive the gift of a star word, a word that will guide us and direct us throughout the year.
|February 17, 2021
What Will We Do Without Ashes?
On this Ash Wednesday, we will consider the role of ritual and set our intention for our forty day Lenten journey.
|March 3, 2021||
Called to be Water Bearers
Marcia K. Moore begins a prayer bearing the above title with these words:
“We are called to be water bearers:
to quench each other’s thirst,
to clean each other’s wounds,
to refresh each other’s tired souls.”
As we meet together in the midst of Lent, let’s explore the calling of our baptismal waters.
|April 7, 2021||
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
On that first Easter Christ appeared first to Mary Magdalene, called by some as the apostle to the apostles, having stayed at the tomb, she meets Jesus who tells her to go and tell the apostles. Who is Jesus telling you to go and tell?
|May 5, 2021||
The Image of God
We will explore the imago dei—the image of God and what it means for us to be made in God’s image. What is the significance that after the resurrection Christ still bears scars? Can our scars bear witness to God’s beauty? Come and see…or hear, or feel, or smell, or taste!
|June 2, 2021||
Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith
In his classes, beloved priest, author, and spiritual guide Henri Nouwen offered gentle wisdom for the spiritual life. We will explore his invitation to look within to the heart, look to God in the book, and look to others in community.
Please invite friends and members of your congregation to join you! We cannot wait to be back together with you in person at Cross Roads, but until that time, look forward to seeing you online.
If you have any questions, please contact our Office Manager at email@example.com or at 908-832-7264.