Contemplative Practices

Launching Looking Within Podcast

We are so proud and excited to launch this new contemplative podcast Looking Within led by Julie Stevens. Looking Within is a podcast for the spiritual explorer in each of us. Weekly episodes invite the listener to explore the inner life using a contemplative lens. Through contemplative practices and ways of looking at the spiritual journey, we hope you gain a sense of hope, meaning, joy, and love.

Julie Stevens, Your Contemplative Practices Guide

Julie Stevens, Your Contemplative Practices Guide

New! Contemplative Practices Summit

Peeling Away the Layers to Love: A Contemplative Practices Summit

Saturday, January 19, 9am-3pm
Assisi Heights -- Rochester

Even on the best of days, we all face the challenge of dealing with our own personal “disturbances” and inner struggles.

Anxiety/depression, relationship and health issues, work and financial challenges, feeling a lack of control or feeling overwhelmed all make the list. But if only that were all that we faced! A polarized, demonizing, anxiety- and angst-filled culture 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?

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Take a day away in the new year to join others in the beautiful and contemplative surroundings of Assisi Heights to take a deeper look at "Peeling Away the Layers to Love." 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. This personal time provides a first step in peeling away layers that make it difficult for us to offer a loving presence to others, and to ourselves. We’ll also name and lament collective, cultural issues that impact us, concluding the day with practical discussions on how to peel away these types of layers from your heart and mind as well.

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

Joining retreat leader and guide Julie Stevens (Director of Contemplative Practices) will be guest speaker Pastor Charles Ortloff, and Gloria Dei’s own musicians Chris and Noelle Roberts. Cost of the summit is $20. Pay at the event via cash or check.

Assisi Heights is located at 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester. Email julies@gloria-dei.com with questions.