Gathered Wisdom Sept 15

A weekly collection of inspiration and resources for the journey, gathered from websites, books, and pass-alongs that have been shared with us. From Spirituality in the Wisdom Years.

Gathered Wisdom is taking a week off next week. No GW on September 23. We will be in the back yard enjoying fall. You should be, too.

God of our evening years, 
hold us close to your heart. 

Holy Spirit, breathe your breath of hope and renewal into us 
so that strengthened and renewed 
we might continue the race set before us 
in confidence and hope. 

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

From God Pause, Luther Seminary. 

This Week

Thou Shalt Not Kill

by Fr. Ron Rolheiser

“Killing is not just a brute external act; it is, in its more common form, a subtle internal thing. All of us break the fifth commandment in countless ways. We do it in the negative and suspicious judgments we make about each other. Almost every minute of our lives, we are making judgments of others and in doing that, we are killing those around us, shooting them through the heart just as surely as if we were doing it with a gun.”

Read the entire essay

FROM the blog of Ron Rolheier

Don’t Just Do Something, Pray! 

Recap from the webinar

What kinds of healthy risks should we take? How do we dis­cern God’s voice? What if I’m in too much pain to pray? Car­olyn Arends of Renovare asks these and oth­er lis­ten­ers’ ques­tions to Pete Greig (founder of the 24 – 7 Prayer move­ment) and Lisa Koons (24−7 Prayer USA Direc­tor) in this webi­nar recap bonus episode.

Listen to the recap

fROM Renovare

Old Things in New Ways

First Open Gathering on September 23

Are you seeking time and space for meaningful connection with God and others? The brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist warmly welcome all to join them online for a time of worship, reflection, song, prayer, and spiritual practice in their virtual Chapel.

To learn more and to register

FROM Society of St. John the Evangelist

The Empowered Elder Workshop

Tuesdays: October 6 – November 17, 2020

The Empowered Elder Workshop provides a safe space for Elders to explore and share deeply what is on their hearts about the world, the future and their roles as elders. We investigate what it means to be an elder, why the world today especially calls us to step up as elders to address the social and environmental challenges humanity faces. “

Learn more & Register

FROM The Elders Action Network

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