Transfiguration Spirituality Center
News and Update
Week of February 1, 2021
Because of ongoing concerns related to the coronavirus, TSC will be closed to guests at least through April 2021. Thanks to the generosity of the Sisters of the Community of the Transfiguration, our staff is able to continue working. We are preparing meals for several feeding ministries in the greater Cincinnati area. If you would like to donate to the feeding ministry, please visit our website and use the 'donate/payment' tab.
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To Everything there is a Season
A season is set for everything, a time for every experience under heaven...Ecclesiastes 3.1 The New JPS Translation

Birth - death, sowing - harvesting, embracing - shunning embracing; the rhythms of life carry on through times when we are comfortable and the times when we are stressed. It is true for people and it is true for organizations. Many of us have been refraining from physically embracing one another during COVID-tide. Yet we carry on in the midst, looking forward to a day when we can hug each other again.

Through all the variations life brings, we are called to be present to each other and ourselves in the moment. Thich Nhat Hanh in his book Being Peace offers a poem to recite from time to time, "while breathing and smiling."

Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know this is a wonderful moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh encourages us to turn our hearts to every moment in time, and ponder the wonder of it all.
There is a time for silence and a time for speaking. The Sacred invites us to spend time quietly so that our speaking is meaningful and life-giving. As we embrace life, regardless of its 'normality', we are able to find glimpses of wonder, peace, and light when we pause the need to fill our heads with outside stimulation. The dichotomies of life are not mutually exclusive, and we need to allow all sides to speak to us, the seemingly joyful and the seemingly painful, and perhaps discover joy in the sorrow, pain in the joy, and the presence of the Holy One in our midst.

Musings from Anne Reed, Executive Director

In the rhythm of every organization there is a time for coming and a time for departing of leadership. This Spring that time will come to TSC. We rejoice that Kate Bower, an Associate of the Community of the Transfiguration, has come on board to oversee program and marketing. We hope you will welcome Kate into the 'fold' that is TSC. Her arrival overlaps with my long-planned retirement on May 1.
Upcoming Retreats
What is Mine to Do? led by Westina Matthews
via Zoom

As we journey towards Easter, we are invited to begin to discern what is ours to do. Join us as we begin to listen with our spiritual hearts and hear what God is asking of us. 

March 6, 2021
9:30 am to 4 pm with breaks and small groups discussion.

On his deathbed, Saint Francis of Assisi told his brothers: "I have done what was mine to do, may Christ now teach you what you are to do." As we begin to move beyond this time of isolation, let us journey together to explore the question of “what is mine to do?” through prayer, journaling, quiet reflection, music, and interactive sharing. Gather for a time of replenishment that will help you live into hope. You will leave with resources and suggested practices for supporting your faith walk. 

Cost is $30. Register on line at www.ctretreats.org or email ctretreats@gmail.com.


The Associates Retreat is now open to everyone!
April 16-17, 2021

Nurturing Hope: Practices for Our Times
Friday, April 16, 6:30 - 8:00 pm Eastern Time
Saturday, April 17 10:30 am - 4:30 pm Eastern Time
(breaks and reflection will be scattered througout the day)

Nurturing Hope: Practices for Our Times, created and facilitated by Gillian Ahlgren, offers an opportunity to consider insights from visionaries of the past, to reflect on the inner dynamics of personal and communal transformation; and to re-connect with others seeking wisdom, inspiration, and creative energy in these challenging times. Reflective time will help us to see what Teilhard de Chardin called “the slow work of God” in us, as individuals and as communities, to ask questions that will guide us toward greater creativity, and to be instruments and ambassadors of hope,
not because we believe in what seems impossible, but because we do what needs to be done.

Donations of $25 are welcome but not required.
Register on line at www.ctretreats.org or email ctretreats@gmail.com.

In preparation for Lent, we recommend finding a retreat or practice that works for you.
Retreats held by others:

Contemplative Knitting with Julie Anne Cicora. Julie offers a Lenten practice using knitting as a way into prayer. Information can be found on her website: contemplativeknitting.com.

The Society of St. John the Divine in Toronto is offering on-line retreats. https://ssjd.ca/retreats-programs-retreat-calendar/retreat-calendar/

St. Mary's Sewanee has a regular program of retreats. https://www.stmaryssewanee.org/programs-retreats-events/
Contemplative and Spiritual Resources available through other communities on the internet

There is a host of resources and on line courses available on the internet for individuals to engage any time of year. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is good to familiarize yourself with links to the wider contemplative community. Here is a list of just a few; if you click on the name, it will take you to the webpage:

New Camaldoli Hermitage - contemplative community offering retreats on line.

Resources for Renewal- Dr. Gillian Ahlgren

Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation-free and low cost webinars on topics of interest

Heartbeat Journey, John Philip Newell

Fetzer Institute: Helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world

Spiritual Directors International-resource for many religious traditions

The Wild Church Network - Churches that encounter God in the wilderness

Jack Kornfield Meditations - Trained Buddhist monk, internationally known teacher of meditation
Resources from our Neighbors
The Hive
The Hive, a community collaborative effort in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, is continuing to offer physically distanced programming for spiritual and physical health and wellness. Visit www.cincyhive.org.
Peace Dialogues

Peace Dialogue: Embrace the Season of Nonviolence - 64 days between the memorial dates of the Ghandi and Martin Luther King assasinations (January 30-April 4).
February Practice Peace News: 

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