connect with your spiritual center

Contemplative Practices sessions cover topics such as living more simply, calming the mind, and addressing daily obstacles that make it difficult to live in a balanced and centered way.  We explore a variety of contemplative practices as thresholds to the Divine (recognizing that our understandings of the Divine are varied and incomplete).  

Contemplative/mindfulness practices can help us as we seek to live whole and joyful lives.  They can awaken us to that which is most meaningful and sacred in life.  

 Julie Stevens - Director of Contemplative Practices at Gloria Dei

Julie Stevens - Director of Contemplative Practices at Gloria Dei

About the Contemplative Practices Guide

Julie Stevens has worked in worship and music ministry at Gloria Dei for 25 years. She has always been passionate about this place and about helping others explore and deepen their spirituality. In 2015, Julie assumed the title of the Director of Contemplative Practices after completing a program entitled, “Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats” at Shalem Institute in Washington D.C.

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Contemplative Practices Sessions


Reset: A Mini-Retreat

Second Saturday of each month, 9am-11am in Fireside Room

Through mindfulness meditation practices, we’ll explore the lenses through which we view our lives, and enhance awareness of hidden strings that control our lives (for example, our need to seek control, or our need to always be right). This monthly mini-retreat will provide time to discover our Real Life, our True Identity – that Flow of Life found within us through Christ.



Weekly at 10am on Sundays in the Loft

A discussion and time for mindfulness meditation each Sunday in the third floor Loft; we’ll explore the lenses through which we view our lives and the hidden strings that can control us.


Contemplation & Action Retreat

Saturday, Jan 19, 9am-3pm
Assisi Heights Spirituality Center

Watch for more information about the topic and the day. The summit will include some guiding content, small and large group discussion, time for personal reflection on how to carry the summit with us as we interact with the world, and a catered lunch – all in the beautiful surroundings of Assisi Heights.

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