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Lift Every Voice: Contemplative Writers of Color – August Video Discussion and Book Group Materials Now Available

Join Abbey of the Arts for a monthly conversation on how increasing our diversity of perspectives on contemplative practice can enrich our understanding and experience of the Christian mystical tradition.  Christine Valters Paintner is joined by author Claudia Love Mair for a series of video conversations. Each month they take up a new book by or about a voice of color. The community is invited to purchase and read the books in advance and participate actively in this journey of deepening, discovery, and transformation.  Click here to view this month’s video discussion along with questions for reflection.  Join us on August 20th for

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Janeen Adil

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to the Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Janeen Adil’s reflection on the spiritual practice of savoring. When I lead a workshop or retreat that focuses on Christian spiritual practices and disciplines, I like to begin with some clarification. I explain that instead of considering any practice or discipline as an end unto itself, we would do better to regard them as preparations. Here, a little farming imagery can be helpful. By engaging in a practice, we can say that we’re plowing the fields of

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Upcoming Programs and Offerings ~ A Love Note from Your Online Abbess

Dearest monks, artists, and pilgrims, We are back after our July break from programs and newsletters. It is always a wonderful time for us to step back from the daily details of running an online Abbey and rest deeply. In the midst of that rested space emerges new inspiration for the year to come.  One of our projects during this time has been working with a wonderful website designer to revamp our website. It still has the feel of the previous site with easier set up for us and hopefully easier to navigate for you.  We are thrilled to continue

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Dancing Monk Icon Cards Completion Packs

Over the last couple of years we have added some more dancing monks to our icon card set: Melangell of Powys, Muirgen of Lough Neagh, Clare of Assisi, and Julian of Norwich. This summer we have added four additional ones: Howard Thurman, Nicholas Black Elk, Sister Thea Bowman, and Abba Anthony the Great. Because many of you have ordered our icon card sets in the past and might want to complete your pack with these new ones we are offering a one-time chance to order a completion pack of these 8 cards. Order by August 31, 2021. Cards will be

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New Poetry Video – Sabbath + Summer Sabbatical ~ A Love Note from Your Online Abbess

Sabbath by Christine Valters Paintner from Abbey of the Arts on Vimeo. Dearest monks and artists, Every summer we try to step back from this wonderful work and take a bit of time off for planning, dreaming, and resting. Sabbath is one of the profound gifts of a generous and abundant divine presence who says that work is good and rest is necessary. We are so grateful for all the ways this community supports our work in the world and we are eager to listen more deeply in the coming weeks to what new things want to be birthed through

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Sandi Gaines

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to the Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Sandi Gaines’ reflection on praying with money. One of my contemplative practices involves praying with money. Not praying for money, rather praying with money. It began on an ordinary Monday morning in August 1997 when I found a dime at the bottom of the shallow end of the pool where I swam laps. As I placed the dime on the edge of the pool for the lifeguard to retrieve, I began thinking about how often I find

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Iona Poetry Reading with Kenneth Steven

On June 21, 2021 Kenneth Steven offered us a poetry reading which told the story of Iona from both personal and mythic perspectives. Poems Read from the Iona Collection Light p. 21 Place p. 38 Coll p. 40 The Illuminated Manuscript p. 33 The Death of Columba p. 37 Salt p. 52 Hebrides p. 55 The Summer House p. 59 The Harp p. 6 Iona p. 41 The Road p. 72 The Sacred Place p. 81 Finding p. 3 Order Iona by Kenneth Steven Kenneth and Kristina’s Celtic retreats on Iona The Well of the North Wind by Kenneth Steven

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New Poetry Video – Crossing the Divide ~ A Love Note from Your Online Abbess

Crossing the Divide by Christine Valters Paintner from Abbey of the Arts on Vimeo. Crossing the Divide She walks, as if from a dream, into your life, ribboned hair unraveling, brown eyes like cups of tea, come to whisper a secret into your trembling ear. You try hard not to listen, clinging to your calendar, your achievements, your loneliness, until the silver ache of it all spreads through your limbs and she holds out her hand across the ravine, and you see how the chasm is not empty, but filled with a rushing river, and you can swim until you

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Spiritual Direction Supervision

One of our Wisdom Council members, Lita Quimson, is now fully trained as a supervisor of spiritual directors. She finished an 18-month training in the practice of supervision of spiritual directors early in 2021. She can be contacted by email. Her fee is 20 € for each hour long session zoom.  She is based in the Philippines. What is Supervision and Whom is it For? Supervision is a form of accompaniment for Spiritual Directors who want to learn about their skills as someone who accompanies others. Accompaniment is not an easy task because people are complicated and we feel either

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Simon Ruth de Voil

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to the Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Reverend Simon Ruth de Voil is a member of the Abbey Wisdom Council and longtime creative collaborator. Read on for his reflection on creating a version of Mary’s Magnificat for the Abbey. Back in 2020, an email from our abbess Christine landed in my inbox on Good Friday. She said her heart longed for a version of Mary’s Magnificat for Abbey of the Arts, would I accept a commission? I don’t know why I didn’t say OMG I can’t do that.

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