at St. Gregory's
Spiritual awakening lies at the heart of the teachings of Jesus. And yet, traditional religious structures often seem to obscure that goal more than they serve it. How can the Church once again meet the deep yearning of our hearts? Recognizing the need for less formal and more contemplative forms of worship, as well as a renewed emphasis on the transformational and mystical dimensions of Christian teaching, St. Gregory's Wisdom Circle was born.
We gather on Thursday nights at 5:30 in the church. Opening with with a simple chant, we then sit for 10-20 minutes in silence, engage scripture in the manner of lectio divina, and share a simple Eucharist—the meal of bread and wine left to us by Jesus. In addition to the familiar gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we also draw on early Christian Wisdom gospels such as Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip, the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, and the insights of Christian mystics throughout the ages.
We are particularly inspired by the work of Episcopal priest and teacher Cynthia Bourgeault. In Cynthia's words, "Wisdom describes a lineage of spiritual knowledge and practice that is principally concerned with the alchemy of transformation. It is not about knowing more, but about knowing more deeply, and can be recognized by an alert, present-moment awareness and a compassionate intelligence. The spiritual practices of attention and surrender are the banks between which Wisdom flows."
In silence and chant, in study and scripture, in bread and wine, we seek to imbibe and embody the Wisdom of Jesus.
Wisdom Circle gathers Thursday evenings at 5:30 pm.
We are currently studying the Sayings of Jesus from The Gospel of Thomas.
All are welcome.