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St. Patrick’s to offer workshop on Contemplative Compassion

On Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., The Rev. Sarah Butler Berlin will be the guest speaker at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, presenting a seminar based on her book “Contemplative Compassion, Creating a Culture of Care in Faith Communities.”

She will discuss how the church can become a more effective caring community in a hurting world. Mother Berlin is a member of Renovaré, based in Englewood, Colo. an organization centered around spiritual formation. They offer an impressive ecumenical team of speakers who travel the country helping faith communities to enrich and strengthen their spiritual practices. Spiritual formation is a process that takes active participation and practice as we work towards a closer relationship with God. It is their goal to lead Christians into a more abundant life with Christ by learning to be more Christ-like in our day to day lives.

“The Holy Spirit is the gift that Christ left with us after he left this life,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “The Spirit is our direct connection between the temporal and the eternal, yet it is the one connection we most frequently neglect to nourish. It is through the Spirit that we truly discover how God is working in our lives, how we can become truly empowered by God to do his will. It is our hope that through this workshop, participants will go away strengthened and renewed, given tools to assist them in their journey.”.

St. Patrick’s offers spiritual formation opportunities through small groups that meet throughout the summer. This summer, the groups will be studying Sarah Berlin’s book, using it as a tool to continue developing personal and corporate spirituality. Anyone interested in participating in one of these groups is welcome to join. Call the church office at 731-5801 to find out how to join a group.

Mother Berlin will also preach at the morning worship on Sunday, June 5. Summer services are offered at 8 and 10 a.m. with Sunday School at 9.

“We strive to live by our statement, ‘In God’s house, at God’s table, all are welcome to be fed,’” says Fr. Doug. We believe that people need spiritual as well as physical food. This is why we believe that part of our responsibility is to provide opportunities for spiritual growth.”

The cost of the workshop is $10 per person. Sarah Berlin’s book, on which the seminar is based, is available in the church office for $12. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

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