Poetry as Prayer
A Weekly Gathering for Clergy in June
Wednesdays 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM via Zoom
Registration Limited to 15 per group
The poet’s voice has spoken of the mysteries of life (both divine and human) for centuries. Poetry can open windows and elicit insight into who we are as human beings. The poet can also point us toward the divine light in new or unexpected ways. In this group we will explore how the use of poetry can lend depth and texture to our prayer and worship life. We will focus on a particular theme each week and you will receive the featured poems in advance. We will read and reflect together, with time for discussion. At the final gathering participants will be invited to bring a poem of their own choosing to share with the group. If the response is strong and participants express interest, this group will reconvene in the fall for monthly meetings.
Our selections for this first round will come from poets such as Mary Oliver, Jeffrey Harrison, Ranier Marie Rilke, Jane Kenyon, Naimi Shihab Nye, Hafiz, mediaeval women mystics, and some lesser-known (but no less excellent) poets.