The scriptures can seem foreign and out of date to modern readers. The Bible is often ignored, misused, or abused even by those who claim it as their own sacred text. And yet, beneath all its modern baggage, it holds great sacred truths. Only through careful reading and reflection can we find a deeper kinship with our spiritual ancestors. It is time to put aside what we think we know and read again with fresh eyes what the scriptures have to teach us.
This six-week course will explore the universal experiences of exile and return home again through personal reflection on the stories of several Biblical figures and Psalms. These offer invitations into different archetypal themes of what it means to live meaningfully as a contemplative and creative person in the world. How might these potent stories and ancient prayers from the Hebrew Scriptures deepen our journey into becoming monks in the world and artists of everyday life?
Each week we will explore a different theme which break open the great archetypal themes of exile and coming home at the heart of the scriptures, a male and female voice from scripture, and a Psalm which deepens our understanding of the theme, connecting our prayers to the great lineage of monastic tradition.
The course includes reflections by John Valters Paintner, Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, and Ronna Detrick whose passions are the wisdom of the Scriptures for our world today, as well as nine Psalm-based songs by Richard. Roy DeLeon will be inviting you into a gentle movement prayer for the week's psalm, to explore its meaning in an embodied way.
Each week you will be invited into reading, questions to ponder, the practice of lectio divina, and creative invitations through movement prayer.
Week 1: The Angry One — Amos, Hagar, and Psalm 109
Week 2: The Contemplative One — Hosea, Mary (of Martha), and Psalm 87
Week 3: The Silent One — Ezekiel, Jepthah's Daughter, and Psalm 62
Week 4: The Hopeful One — Ezekiel, Hannah, and Psalm 27
Week 5: The Dedicated One — Ezra, The Woman who Anointed Jesus' Feet, and Psalm 101
Week 6: The Active One — Nehemiah, Eve, and Psalm 15
Program fee: USD$90
Please read over the Abbey of the Arts online Class Policies and FAQ. There are no refunds for self-study purchases.
Discounts are available for small groups wanting to move through the material together: 20% off when 2 people register together, 30% off for 3, 40% off for 4 and above. Please contact Christine by email to request an invoice.
We also offer partial scholarships to those for whom the full cost would be a financial hardship. Please contact us to inquire.
Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, MA is a freelancing Psalmist– studying, teaching and singing the Psalms. Besides his passion for music and spirituality, he also enjoys dumb jokes, Star Wars, blue, mango lassi, naps and the Beatles. He completed his M.A. in Theology and the Arts from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and brings his gifts as a liturgical theologian, spiritual director, worship leader and music publisher. He lives with his wife Trish and son Sam in Strawberry Point, Iowa. Be welcome at PsalmImmersion.com and Worldmaking.net.
Ronna Detrick, MDiv confesses that she is completely intoxicated with women's stories (particularly those in Scripture). She believes the world is praying for a deeper, richer wisdom: a prayer answered swiftly and powerfully through women's incarnate brilliance and beauty. Ronna is writing a book that re-tells the ancient, sacred narratives of women in empowered, relevant ways; inviting their stories to be seen as powerful archetypes that still speak today. Subscribe to her writing. Listen to her TEDxWomen Talk about Eve. Learn more about her products and courses. And sign up to receive a free weekly Blessing – written/spoken in the voice of one of the women's stories Ronna loves and honors.
Roy Deleon is an oblate of St Benedict with St Placid Priory in Lacey, WA. He facilitates workshops and retreats on expressive prayer and yoga. He works as a graphic designer and illustrator. In 2009, Paraclete Press published Praying with the Body: Bringing the Psalms to Life. He has conducted numerous workshops at the L.A. Religious Congress. Roy’s website and his visual blog, expressiveprayer.blogspot.com, offer useful information for those who desire an inspired prayer life. Visit Roy's website here>>
John Valters Paintner, MTS studied education and earned a teaching certificate in his home state of California. John later went on to earn a Masters in Theological Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. After working in parish ministry for several years, John returned to the classroom, teaching high school religion with a focus on the Hebrew Scriptures for twelve years. After a sabbatical year abroad, John now works as Prior of the Abbey of the Arts along side his wife of twenty years, Abbess Christine, living together in Galway, Ireland.