Upcoming Lenten Series

“When spiritual conversations become an everyday reality,
you'll have a front-row seat as God changes people's lives.” - Mary Schaller & John Crilly

The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations was first presented at Ascension in the fall of 2017 as a part of a workshop titled, "Church Beyond the Walls." Co-author Mary Schaller was here to help present the material at that time. Since then, I have found the book to be an inspiration toward curiosity and better conversations. It has influenced my preaching and is, at least in part, the inspiration for "Clergy in Cars."

So, when the Formation Committee asked if I might lead something during Lent, this material was high on my list. I thought it would be helpful to explain a little more about the material and how it will be offered here at Ascension. Copies of the book will be available starting this Sunday for $12. It is also available as an e-book if you prefer. The book is not required for your participation, but I believe you will enjoy reading it as a part of the course.

The first Sunday of Lent (March 10) during Christian Formation will present an overview of the material and introduction. The book has four parts, which will be covered in the remaining 4 Sundays (March 17, 24, 31 and April 7). Following the presentation portion there will be time to engage with the material. A printed guide will be available for each person to help us engage in spiritual conversation.

We really want this to be available for everyone and recognize that not everyone is able to be present on Sunday at 9am. The presentations will be recorded to help more people access them. Each Wednesday evening during Lent, a group will gather at church for dinner and to watch the presentation together and have conversation about it. It will also be posted online, along with the guide. We hope that this combination of methods will help the whole parish engage with this life-giving material.


Fr. Paul