IN CHRIST WE LIVE
AND THE BODY AT PRAYER
An Online Retreat by Shifu Mathew Francis with Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, PhD
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Drawing upon texts from sacred scripture, the creeds, and our liturgy, this retreat will unify simple and rhythmic Tai Ji postures with timeless Christian mantras of prayer. “In Christ we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28); “God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God” (Nicene Creed). These are among the prayers we will explore. Under the guidance of Shifu Mathew Francis, participants will be invited to meditate upon these ancient truths through silent movement, quiet reflection, and shared conversation. Building upon these practices, Fr. Vincent Pizzuto will work with participants to inquire what new spiritual insights might be gleaned when listening to our bodies at prayer.
Shifu Mathew Francis, Unity Practice Founder, Mathew has found synergies of Christian Discipleship and Tai Ji practice over 40 years of dedication to the Christian faith walk. His life work is to bring simplicity to the complex by leading people to deeper experience of life through faith, business, family, and practice. He is currently a Business Strategy and Family Succession Advisor and President of Pacific Rim Advisory Group.
Father Vincent Pizzuto, PhD is Professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Mysticism in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. As an Episcopal priest, Fr. Vincent also serves as Vicar of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church and Retreat House in Inverness, California. Working for the advancement of contemplative Christianity, he has reinvigorated the mission and ministry of St. Columba’s through the introduction of contemplative eucharistic liturgies, public lectures, online courses, directed retreats, thought provoking sermons, an online blog and a weekly online study of his book through the Meditation Chapel. Entitled Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life, his book seeks to bring his readers into a lived realization of the Christian doctrine of deification – that is, the affirmation that through the Incarnation, we have all be made partakers of the Divine Nature.