In Exile with the Desert
Mothers and Fathers
The Power of Silence in a Pandemic
An Online Five-Week Course with Christine Merritt
Join us for a timely discussion of the early Christian Desert Mothers and Fathers and how they speak to our situation of pandemic today. Our reflections will unfold stories from the desert in relation to three books from various spiritual perspectives: The Power of Silence by Cardinal Sarah, Covenant and Conversation by Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, and Into the silent Land, by Martin Laird. In addition, the contemplative wisdom of Thomas Merton, St. Isaac of Syria, and John Chryssavgis will enrich our conversation. This five-week series promises to be a rich time of sharing in a fierce, desolate, and sacred moment in our history.
Christine Eleanor Merritt, B.S., Certified Physical Therapist and Labyrinth Facilitator, is a spiritual director and supervisor. She leads Labyrinth retreats and workshops. A Eucharistic, Healing Prayer, and Pastoral Care Minister at St Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boise, Idaho, Christine is active in teaching and promoting contemplative disciplines. She has a passion for interfaith dialogue leading to common sacred ground. Her life has been one of frequent travels, both in the United States and abroad. Informed by history, art, music, literature she is an experimental gardener and dabbles in art projects inspired by her travels. She met her husband of forty-eight years at the University of California, Berkeley during the late sixties. Becoming a mother and grandmother has made her more passionate and hopeful about our ability to co-create with the Divine to usher in a new paradigm shift of unitive consciousness.