January 2021
Transfiguration Spirituality Center
News and Update
Week of January 4, 2021
Because of ongoing concerns related to the coronavirus, TSC will be closed to guests at least through March 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.
Trees along path
Often this time of year we are asked to share our New Year’s Resolutions. In the New Oxford American Dictionary the second definition of the verb ‘resolve’ is to ‘decide firmly on a course of action’, another definition is "(of something seen at a distance) turn into a different form when seen more clearly"; as a noun it means a ‘firm determination to do something.’ 

Maybe the new year gives us a chance to not merely do something, but to consider how we want to go about in the world: how we want to relate to others and listen to our own hearts, how we intend to engage our work, how we live into our desire to engage the sacred, and how we can change our view so that we see things more clearly.

Typically this time of year lists of new behaviors are created, only to be set aside when the tasks become to onerous or don’t fit into our chosen life style. What would it be like if we focused on being rather than doing this year? One colleague said his resolution was to learn from his dog. How wonderful! Being present to life and the creatures that are part of our world is not something we put on a list, but it can be how we approach the world anew each morning.

The struggles that have emerged as a result of the world-wide pandemic are not over, and yet there is hope that quarantine and isolation are not our permanent destiny. Perhaps we can begin this year acknowledging the challenges that still lie ahead and resolve to be present to the grace and wonder that exists in spite of the challenges. Perhaps we can resolve to be present to the sacred that is discoverable when we sit quietly and allow the voice of the Holy One to speak to us. Perhaps we can resolve to be present to each other, sharing a moment (at a safe distance, of course) of kindness and blessing. Perhaps we can listen without judgement to someone whose opinion differs from ours, and begin to see a new perspective.

How will you complete this sentece: I resolve…?

Musings from Anne Reed, Executive Director
Upcoming Retreats
Grace through the Works of Jane Austen

January 22-23, 2021
Friday from 1.30 to 4.00 pm and Saturday from 10.30 to 3.30 pm.

*Register by January 12 and receive a retreat 'prep' package in the mail!

Explore the theme of Grace through Austen's works and apply it to our life in the modern world.

Participants are invited to join in tea and chocolate as part of the overall experience of immersing ourselves in Jane Austen's world. Our prayer time will be led by Sr. Diana, using the Book of Common Prayer with which Austen would have been familiar.

Our retreat leader is Maria Grace: Six time BRAG Medallion Honoree, #1 Best-selling Historical Fantasy author Maria Grace has her PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences. She pretends to be a mild-mannered writer/cat-lady, but most of her vacations require helmets and waivers or historical costumes, usually not at the same time.
She writes gaslamp fantasy, historical romance, and non-fiction to help justify her research addiction.
She can be contacted at:

Cost is $45.00. Scholarships available.
Register at www.ctretreats.org. or email ctretreats@gmail.com.


Kaleidoscope Institute (KI) On-Line Facilitator Accreditation Training Thursdays in January

In an increasingly polarized and violent world, there is a need for facilitation of reasonable and constructive dialogue about important issues. Imagine being one of those people who has the ability to provide gracious time and place for truth seeking dialogue that can achieve
non-violent mutual understanding.

This training will provide resources to coordinate and facilitate inclusive small group dialogue using the KI gracious leadership tools, skills and processes.
You will be given the opportunity to practice and use KI resources for your work and ministries while being mentored by a KI Associate.

Learn how to invite people to come to an initial dialogue, designed to achieve mutual understanding through deep listening. Discover a better understanding of the relationship of KI resources and the Developmental Model for Intercultural Sensitivity to help explain the reactions to cultural differences.

Using Zoom technology, the four sessions will meet from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm (Eastern)
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Thursday, January 21
Tuesday, January 26
Thursday, January 28
It is necessary to attend all four sessions.

Participants will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (idi) before the second week of
the training sessions. The cost of this on-line inventory is included in the registration fee.

At KI, we use a sliding scale called GracEconomics. We ask that you pay as close to the upper number as your financial resources allow. The GracEconomic registration fee for this training is $50 - $300. To make your payment, please go to www.kscopeinstitute.org/donate and indicate that you are paying for the Facilitator Accreditation training. If you would prefer to send a check, please let Kathryn Nishibayashi, our Office Coordinator, know via email (kathryn@kscopeinstitute.org) that you are sending a check.

GracEconomic Registration Fee: $50 - $300


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

What is Mine to Do? led by Westina Matthews

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.


April 16-17
Gillian Ahlgren, PhD will lead the Associates' Retreat, open to everyone.


Recommended Retreats held by others

The Society of St. John the Divine in Toronto is offering on-line retreats this fall. 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 are 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: Difficult Conversations: How To Discuss What Matters Most and The Beloved Community
Peace Dialogue will continue in January with a new book discussion.

For more information, email worklife@fuse.net or Call 513.677.9448