Imagery from Dr Shaia's New Release,
72 Hours of Easter for All Creation"
International Spiritual Director, Writer and Retreat Leader, Dr Alexander Shaia will be in Wellington very shortly to participate in the Eastern Suburbs Week of Guided Prayer which will begin and end with services in St George's Anglican Church, Seatoun.
In addition to praying and guiding participants during the Week of Prayer, Alexander will participate in and speak at the following gatherings which are open to the public:
"Praying Anew: 72 Hours (of Easter) for All Creation is a fresh expression of Easter, its spirituality and celebration. The prose and poetry speak of today and tomorrow but the strokes are brushed with antiquity, textured with the sensual earth, move to the rhythm of star and cosmos and infused with our dream to be one. The core structure comes from 3rd to 5th century Christian tradition, yet the prayer of that era does not serve as an exacting blueprint but rather invitation to explore contemporary need and mystery. What may be the only true innovation in this Easter are prayers set in unitive thought. These texts are an effort to lessen the last few centuries’ dualistic expression of self, cosmos and God. It is also hoped that the prayer style here might inspire poets and composers to craft chant and prayer anew in the language of diverse union ..."
During the latter part of 2012, Dr Shaia was a pilgrim on the Camino Pilgrimage trail in Spain.
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The Eastern Suburbs Anglican Parishes: Miramar/Seatoun/Strathmore, Lyall Bay, Haitaitai/Kilbirnie and Roseneath are joining together to host a Week of Guided Prayer during Lent 2013.
The week will run from an opening service at 4pm on Sunday 10th March in St George's, Seatoun to a concluding service at 7pm on Friday 15th March - venue to be advised. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with a trained and licensed spiritual director daily Monday-Friday during the Week for 30-40mins.
Want to know more, or how to register?
Visit this Webpage.
You can register online or by posting the manual registration form from the downloadable brochure.
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Posted by: Rev'd Terry Alve
SGM Wellington Late 2012 Events
Registrations are closing for two events this week:
The Journey of Prayer will run over three evenings - 27 Nov; 4, 11 Dec 2012 - in Holy Trinity Church, Avalon.
Esther de Waal is running Retreats and Quiet Days late November into December - check the links or contact Lynda Wards
And finally, the last of the series: Coming Home with the Wisdom and Whim of Michael Leunig will be held on 6th December at Pa Maria.
Plenty of opportunities methinks for those who want quality contemplative spirituality events.
Several varied events have been posted on this website recently. These include:
Full information about these events and how to register is available via the three links above.
Please contact Terry Alve if you have any queries.
SGM Wellington have been blessed to receive these two testimonials describing the impact that recent weeks of guided prayer have made on participants.
I found the week of guided prayer very meaningful. I found it helpful having the time with (name given) who gently guided my thinking. It was good to have a focused week where I had decided to set aside the time for reflection with God, and having the time each day with (a prayer guide) helped me to sort through the things that came up in my times of quiet. I also appreciated the devotional services at the beginning and end of the week. They were lovely times of quiet and reflection and very peace giving. It was a very enriching week.
It was wonderfully refreshing week: people have commented on how they feel they have grown closer to God during the week. May God continue to richly bless your ministry.
In Christian circles we talk about the value of a ministry of encouragement. We want to thank these two ministers of encouragement for taking the time to 'do it.'
You'll find other Feedback HERE.
St Paul's Church, Waiwhetu
Brochures for two pending Weeks of Guided Prayer have been posted on this website - one for St Paul's Anglican, Waiwhetu to begin 10 June and another for Tawa Baptist Church which begins 22 July. PDF brochures and other info, including our online registration facility, are on our Weeks of Guided Prayer page.
We have also created a new web page to promote contemplative spirituality workshops being offered by Greater Wellington spiritual directors. We have posted notice there of two workshops being offered at Pa Maria by Pip Nicholls - a 'Centering Prayer' workshop and 'Coming Home' - with the wisdom and whim of Michael Leunig. View our new Workshops Webpage to glean more info and to pick up the PDF brochures about these events.
St Hilda's Anglican Church, Island Bay
Yes, there have been two Weeks of Guided Prayer happening in Wellington this week 20-25 May.
Sr Clare O'Connor and Graham Millar have been prayer guides for a group of seven retreatants who have met on the Victoria University campus. This Week continues a trend of staging a week of guided prayer annually at Vic. in recent years. While the numbers participating may have been down a little this year, the retreatants have responded very positively to the opportunity to take time out like this to reflect and pray in a more intentional way.
Last night, a group of fifteen retreatants who have been meeting in St Hilda's Anglican Church, Island Bay gathered for a closing group session. This group with prayer guides - Adrienne Thompson, Jo Anastasiadis and Terry Alve - have similarly enjoyed the opportunity to 'retreat' in the midst of their daily life and work. The weekday individual sessions have been held in the afternoons and evenings following an opening group session in the church on Sunday at 4pm. This has been a first Week of Guided Prayer for the Island Bay community. The ecumenical nature of this community was reflected in the retreatants coming from various of the local churches.
We thank Spiritual Growth Ministries and the Wallis Trust for their sponsorship of these Weeks of Prayer.
The next Week of Guided Prayer in the Wellington region will begin on Sunday June 10 in St Paul's, Waiwhetu. You can enrol online to attend this week HERE.
May 20-25 St Hilda's Anglican Church - Island Bay
St Hilda’s Anglican Church, 311 The Parade, Island Bay 6023
Commences 4pm Sunday May 20th and concludes Friday May 25th at 7pm
Register by Monday May 14th with Christine Cuthbert at (04)383 8550 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Form (PDF)
Online Registration Option