connect with your spiritual center

Contemplative (mindfulness) practices invite you to a greater openness and awareness of God’s immediate and loving presence.  Practices can really enrich your life and inner journey, and deepen your relationship with God. If your life has gotten a little crazy, a little overloaded and stressful, and if you feel disconnected from yourself, others, and your relationship with the Divine, then a spiritual practice may be of help.  

A practice can help you to access the quiet that lies within you so that you can actually hear what your heart and soul might be saying or needing.  Check out the various practices sessions below and find one that feels right for you!


Peeling Away the Layers to Love: Contemplative Practices Summit

A Gloria Dei Contemplative Practices Summit
Saturday, Jan 19, 9am-3pm
Assisi Heights Spirituality Center

A Gloria Dei Contemplative Practices Summit
Saturday, Jan 19, 9am-3pm
Assisi Heights Spirituality Center

Even on the best of days, we all face the challenge of dealing with our own personal “disturbances” and inner struggles. Anxiety/depression, relationship, financial, and health issues, and an angst-filled culture that surrounds and affects us through social media and our public discourse. Is it any wonder that we need to take time to consciously peel away these layers and disturbances that can cover over our inner, true and love-filled selves?

We’ll name our personal disturbances through a mindfulness meditation practice, have guided alone time for personal reflection following the practice, and discover an ability to cut the hidden strings that bind us or control our thoughts and emotions.

You’ll leave with some tools and a lens through which to claim your own unique way of helping a hurting world.

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Cost is $20 (lunch is included). Pay at the event when you arrive via check or cash.

 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 is a contemplative small group prayer and retreat leader who has a passion for guiding others as they explore and deepen their spiritual journey.  She finds the group setting to be especially transformative for people as they take time for their inner lives within community.

Moments of Mindfulness Blog

Other Contemplative Practices Sessions


Reset: A Mini-Retreat

Offered twice a month: Second Saturday from 9am-11am – OR --
Preceding Thursday evening, 6:30-8:30pm in the Fireside Room.

All are welcome, no specific beliefs or Gloria Dei membership required.

Through a mindfulness meditation practice, we’ll learn to see and name whatever is most troubling for us on any given day, and explore some steps that help us move to the wonderful peace and inner joy found in Christ that we all desire. This monthly "Reset" unpacks the meditation practice through alone time and the wisdom shared in small and large group processing.



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.

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