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The overarching concept of the retreat is an expanded understanding of the spiritual practice of lectio divina. Lectio divina (holy reading) is an ancient, meditative, and devotional way to read scripture. The retreat takes the basic form of lectio and applies it to many things such as art, being in nature, music, cooking, daily tasks, relationships, and conversation – the stuff of daily life. Participants come away with a sense that prayer can be a continual activity in all aspects of their lives. Life can be lived as a prayer, and God is the one who prays within us. And the depth of conversation and community that grows is remarkable.

Fee: $20 per person.

Facilitated by: Rev’d Jessica Schaap, Rev’d Dr. Sharon Smith, Rev’d Eric Mason

Rev'd Jessica Schaap works with parishes and people of all ages to offer Christian formation that engages the heart, mind, and practice. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband, daughter, and two cats. Before she was Missioner for Christian formation, she was the rector of St. Paul’s in Vancouver.

Rev’d Dr Sharon Smith is currently the Priest-in-Charge at St Catherine’s in North Vancouver. Sharon became interested in the practice of praying with Lectio Divina while working on the DTES of Vancouver, as a way to access the heartbeat and lived experience of the Scriptures with groups of people from diverse backgrounds. St Catherine’s holds a contemplative service on Wednesday mornings with a strong Lectio component as the group learns how to pray together.

Rev’d Eric Mason is rector of St. Laurence in Coquitlam. He’s been to many places, done many things, and read a lot of books. But he’s still learning how to pray. He’s OK with that.

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