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Week of February 12, 2018
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Seeing with the Heart

For over 100 years the Community of the Transfiguration has had a heart for hospitality. They originally began caring for small children who were burdened by the air quality of downtown Cincinnati, and brought them to Glendale, where they could enjoy fresh 'country' air. One hundred years later, the Transfiguration Spirituality Center provides a place of respite for those burden by the cares and occupations of life. It is our hope that time here at TSC makes it possible for individuals and groups to be able to open their hearts to a different way of seeing the world. 

This past month we hosted people in formation for the Diaconate in The Episcopal Church, women exploring aging with intention, and several church-sponsored retreats. Through the visits of all of our guests, our goal is to create a space where seeing with the heart becomes more possible.  We appreciate your time in our midst, and look forward to ways in which we can continue the tradition of a heart for hospitality.

Mary Lewis to move from kitchen staff to office staff

Many of our regular guests will recognize Mary as one of the stalwart and creative kitchen staff. For over a year, Mary has also been training as a 'back-up' person in the TSC office. We are happy to announce that as of March 1, Mary will assume the role of Operations Manager for TSC. She will serve along side Anne Reed, who will assume the role of Executive Director upon Toni's retirement, March 1. 
 
Photo by Faith Lang

Mary Lewis, newly appointed Operations Manager 

FACES OF PEACE, FACES OF CHANGE- A Mini Series during Lent REGISTRATION STILL OPEN
Thursdays February 22, March 1, March 8 at St. Mary's

Please join us for a light soup supper for three nights during Lent and reflect what peacemakers of the past have to say to us today. 

February 22 - Dr. Gillian Ahlgren, Xavier University faculty, will lead a reflection on Dorothy Day
March 1 - Robert Pennington, Mount Saint Joseph University faculty, will lead a reflection on Oscar Romero
March 8 - Dr. Adam Clark, Xavier University faculty, will lead a reflection on Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Supper begins at 6, with programming at 7. A free-will offering will be taken each evening. 

Registration for this series is requested, and can be accomplished by calling 513.771.2171,  emailing ctretreats@gmail.com, or on line

LAST CHANCE FOR DISCOUNT REGISTRATION FOR THE PENTECOST RETREAT WITH MARTIN SMITH
The Holy Spirit

Come join us for what will be a spirit-filled weekend beginning with dinner on Friday and ending mid-morning on Sunday.

Martin L. Smith is well known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond as a writer, spiritual director, retreat leader, and teacher exploring contemporary spirituality. His books have reached a wide readership in North America and Great Britain.

Cost is $210 for early registration before March 1. 
Registration is available on line
CONVOCATION in ASSISI MAY 13 - 17 2018
Extending the  Spirit  of Assisi: Creating Avenues for Collaboration in Times of Transition and Uncertainty

Join Dr. Gillian Ahlgren, Professor of Xavier University, Fr. Peter Neeley, S.J. of the Kino Border Initiative and Aida Segura of House of Peace Chicago for this transformative event in Assisi.  Hosted in coordination with the Assisi Mayor's Office, the Convocation will use the sacred places and experiences central to the lives of St. Francis & St. Clare to help us address the pressing issues of our times: climate change, refugees and migrants, violence against women and children.  Come share the journey and help us build the culture of encounter that supports God's dream for today's world.  For more information visit https://mysticallife.org or contact ahlgren@xavier.edu.

A video about the experience is available on YouTube.
A flyer that can be downloaded, printed and shared is available here.

 
       Art from a retreat participant

What a crazy year, when in the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday (a traditional day of fasting and repentance) falls on Valentine's Day (a traditional day of lavish expressions of affection through chocolate)! It is a wonderful thing, though, because both require taking chances of the heart. We need to risk in order to open ourselves to the Holy, and we need to risk in order to open ourselves up to others. May your heart be broken open to experience the mystery of life in the Holy.

Blessings,
(The Rev.) Anne Reed
Director of Engagement
 
Transfiguration Spirituality Center
A Place Of Outrageous Hope and Extravagant Hospitality
Books for Lent

TSC has a variety of Lenten devotionals and books available for purchase. Please come buy and visit the shelves outside the office in St. Mary's to see if one of these items will assist your Lenten journey.