“In the shadow of your wings I take refuge,
until the destruction is past.”
~ Psalm 57:1
A Message to Our Community Members
In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, we are clearly in an unprecedented time in our lives. However, there are lovely, beautiful, and even unexpected opportunities that can arise from this time of isolation and social distancing. Among them is an opportunity for people to connect “virtually” through online forums.
With the help of our Bishop’s Committee, Administrator, and volunteers we have been working diligently this week to help community members get connected online through Zoom technology. To that end, we are now prepared to offer a series of online forums to help you all stay connected to one another. Each of our offerings is described below. All are free and open to the public.
While our retreat house remains closed to the public at this time, we are the church and will continue to be church with and for one another throughout this difficult time. Let us remember we are sheltered in the loving Shadow of God’s wings.
10:00 am PDT
Since we cannot gather for the Eucharist, our Sunday service will consist of Morning Prayer, Lectionary readings from the day, and a sermon. If you plan to attend this service online, please light a candle and have it with you before the service. At the end of the service we will have a 10 minute break for everyone to grab a their favorite morning beverage and then share in a "Virtual Coffee Hour" as Fr. Vincent leads us through some reflections and shared discussion.
Or Dial-In: +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 858 4399 5373
IN ADDITION TO THE CANCELLATION OF OUR PUBLIC SERVICES,
COVID-19 HAS FORCED THE CLOSURE OF OUR RETREAT HOUSE INDEFINITELY. PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY IN SUPPORT OF OUR MINISTRY AS WE MAKE OUR WAY THROUGH THIS TIME TOGETHER.
CHECKS MAY BE MAILED TO:
PO BOX 430
INVERNESS, CA 94937
7:15 pm PDT
St. Columba's Meditation Group
This gathering will be meeting weekly online every Tuesday at 7:15pm PDT. For those of you who normally attend either of these groups, please join us along with those who are invited to join perhaps for the first time! Our structure will be identical to that of our normal gatherings: A short biblical reading, a 25 minute sit, shared reflections, a Rhema Talk, and closing prayers. Fr. Vincent will lead this session as we look to rotate the leadership to others over time.
12:00 pm PDT
Noon Prayer & Scripture Study
Participants will join together for noon prayer, and a scripture study of the daily Lectionary readings for the day. This gathering will be led by Deacon Ari Wolfe and Mother Teri Waldron. This is a wonderful opportunity to get together for prayer and study of scripture!
7:00 am PDT
Peace Chapel with Fr. Vincent
Join Fr. Vincent and a group of international participants who are slowly ruminating on his book, Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life. Each session consists of an opening prayer, 25 minute sit in silence, rumination on two paragraphs of his book, group discussion, and optional time to reflect on one’s contemplative practice for the week. This is an ongoing gathering. No prior experience necessary. All are welcome.
In Exile with the Desert Mothers and Fathers
The Power of Silence in a Pandemic
An Online Five-Week Course
with Christine Merritt
June 22 - July 20
10:00 - 11:30 am PDT
Racial Justice Forum
With growing awareness and acknowledgment of the toll that racial inequity has taken in the United States and widening global support for the Black Lives Matter movement, it feels like a turning point has been reached. Even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, cities and towns across the U.S. and throughout the world have been filled with protesters demanding justice for people of color and an end to 400 years of entrenched, systemic racism. Many people are asking, What Can We Do? How Can I Help? Where do I start?
Please join Deacon Ari Wolfe for a 3-week Racial Justice Forum, utilizing educator Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.'s