As one year ends and a new one begins, it brings with it the possibility of beginning or renewing spiritual practices in our lives. Journaling is one practice that can open doorways to our heart and life helping us to recognize God's presence with us. Most people practice journaling alone. What if you had the opportunity to join with others who also who were journaling about the same thing, helping to give focus as well as learn together?

Kathleen Norris is writer that has articulated an accessible approach to relationship with God through Benedictine spirituality. She is beautiful poet and story teller, giving voice to the way of St. Benedict. This way has influenced Abbey Way so when choosing a resource to help shape our experience The 40-Day Journey with Kathleen Norris edited by Kathryn Haueisen (ISBN 978-0-8066-8040-8) seemed a good choice. 

There are a couple ways you can participate. First and the most important is to get a copy of the book and begin the reading it and journaling on January 1st. The second is to join the conversation about your process each Monday evening from 7:00-8:00 in the Prayer Room at Elim. We will meet for six times beginning on January 8 and ending February 12. Please RSVP by December 27 to Pastor Jan if you are interested in joining the group.

Gathering Dates and Topics: January 8 (Review Journaling Days 1-8); January 15 (Review Journaling Days 9-15); January 22 (Review Journaling Days 16-22); January 20 (Review Journaling Days 23-29); February 5 (Review Journaling Days 30-37); February 12 (Review Journaling Days 38-Journey's End)