Food for the Soul:
a spiritual development and spiritual practices group
The path that leads inwards ultimately leads back to the world where our refreshed, nurtured hearts can be vehicles of hope and care for others.
The Food for the Soul Group has been meeting on a monthly basis since January 2014. The group has developed a core membership but also welcomes drop-ins and newcomers. We aim to offer a safe environment for exploring and engaging spiritual practices that help us be fully alive to the holy presence in our midst. We model, teach and engage practices that participants are encouraged to develop and practice in their own time, between our monthly meetings.
Our meetings last for just over an hour and follow a pattern. We gather in a circle where we introduce ourselves, we then engage a practice that will help us transition into quietness. After a period of intentional silence we learn about and practice a different spiritual practice. We then focus on a question that requires our insight and thought. We share our responses with each other in small groups. We end with an opportunity for feedback and reflection.
In our group we try to model a way of life that enables spiritual growth thus we engage processes that encourage deep listening, restraint and containment. By exploring, deepening and refreshing our interior lives we draw closer to the Holy. Ultimately, we hope to offer our re-energized, renewed selves to our ministries and the world. The twin foci of the group is God and neighbor.
Leadership is shared between Rev. Carla McGhie and two other lay participants.
This is a group that values creativity, invites feedback, and offers a place of nurture, belonging and flexibility. The group recognizes that there are multiple approaches to the engagement of spiritual practices. While we may teach and practice one particular approach we welcome and recognize other approaches. Sometimes we include a contemplative form of worship in our group session.
All are welcome to this group. We usually meet on the last Wednesday of the month. Our next gathering will be in October, 2015. Updates and topics for exploration are advertised on the St Laurence website prior to meetings.
It is our hope that this information will be helpful to you.