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Thankful for you!

 As our Thanksgiving gift for you, we have an upbeat, fun, and inspiring musical performance by the Miller Berfield Band from our Rolling Ridge Music Festival last month....


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When it don't come easy...

Videoed live during our Hope United Music Festival on October 3rd, talented local musician, Tiffany Wilson, reminds us that even when things don't come easy or when the ...


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St. Teresa of Avila

With the election in just 2 weeks, these continue to be turbulent times.  Amid all the rhetoric and noise, it can be hard to remain centered, focused, and assured of God'...


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When you're down and troubled

In this week's video from our HOPE UNITED music festival, Les and Sandi Hamlet provide songs of comfort and encouragement to brighten even the darkest night to remind us ...


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Open Your Heart

If you missed the event, you can see the full three and a half hour event on our website, but over the coming weeks, we will be featuring a video of one of our artists ...


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United with Hope

In this week's Take Your Time video, we offer a sneak peek of one of our performers, our very own Operations Director, Danny Smith, who not only sings one of his songs, ...


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A Gathering of Women

In this week's "Take Your Time Tuesday" video, Rev. Lee Ireland invites you to walk a labyrinth, but she also invites women to join her for an online gathering this ...


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Summer into Fall

We hope that you had a blessed long weekend to enjoy the warmth and beauty of summer.  With the passing of Labor Day, summer may feel like it's over, but according to the...


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"Sing Praises"

In this week's "Take Your Time Tuesday" video, we feature the Taize music of Brian Bayer-Larson underscoring some of the ways our hearts are filled with praise as the ...


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A Way for the Day

In this week's "Take Your Time Tuesday" video, Director of Operations at Rolling Ridge, Danny Smith, takes you on a brief tour of how our new online programming may be ...


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Staying Present

In this week's "Take Your Time Tuesday" video, Rolling Ridge Program Director, John Kiemele provides us with a 4 step process to stay present.  Practicing PAIR places in ...


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Cross Cultural Heart

As we seek to grow in our racial and cultural awareness, in this week's "Take Your Time Tuesday" video, Emily Kearns invites us to an upcoming online cross-cultural ...


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Examen

Balance.  With all that presses upon us, many of us seek balance, a place where we are centered, that spiritual space where we can hold together the blessings and ...


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To Retreat

At the Ridge, we tend to use “retreat” as a noun, as a time to get away, but in this week's Take Your Time Tuesday video, Rolling Ridge Director, Lawrence Jay, looks at “...


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Lectio Divina

During these uncertain times, the strength of God's promises and the encouragement in spiritual writings become even more important in keeping us grounded and hopeful.  ...


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Self-Reiki

 Restrictions may be slowly lifting as we move into month four of sheltering in place, but the need for self-care continues as strong as ever as the effects of physical ...


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Visio Divina

Over the past few months as we've sheltered in place, many of us have spent more time online on our devices and with the news than we ever have.  With our eyes on ...


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"Viriditas"

With the warmth of summer now upon us and all of Earth coming alive, we are in a season that sings of "viriditas."  "Viriditas" is a Latin term coined by Hildegard von ...


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Aramaic Lord's Prayer

While many of us grew up reciting the Lord's Prayer, there is more to its meaning than trust in God's daily provision.  When understood and prayed in its original ...


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Sound Meditation

Click here or the thumbnail to watch the video With so much negative noise in the news, our spirits can easily grow weary and burdened.  Today, we invite you to take ...


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Sacred Texts

(click the thumbnail to watch the video) Rabbi Katy brings us a "Take Your Time Tuesday" video which encourages us to get outside and connect with the sacred texts of ...


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A Taize of Thanks

 Click the image below to watch the video The past two months have been challenging for Rolling Ridge as our onsite operations have been shut down because of the ...


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Letting Go

Click the Thumbnail below to watch the video When our onsite operations closed in mid-March, Rolling Ridge quickly launched online programming to provide spiritual ...


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Breathing Forward

This week, time management specialist, Pam Kristan, offers a centering practice to prepare us for an exercise on how to move forward with purpose.  With so many unknowns ...


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Celebrate Earth Day 2020!

Click the thumbnail below to watch the video April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the birth of the modern environmental movement.  Earth Day also ...


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Pause and Notice

Click on the thumbnail below to watch the VLOG For this week's Take Your Time Tuesday video, retreat leader Henry Shoenfield introduces us to the spiritual practice of "...


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SPOT ON

Rolling Ridge Retreat Center is nestled quietly in the Valley of the Poets.   What does the name mean?  Over the past 400 years, the Merrimack Valley has been home to ...


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Embodied Gratefulness

Click the thumbnail to watch the video In this week's "Take Your Time Tuesday" video, John Kiemele offers us the spiritual practice of Embodied Gratefulness to help us ...


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A Moment Apart- Holy Saturday

Click the image below to watch the video On Holy Saturday, Christ-followers remember that liminal moment between the crucifixion and resurrection. As we as a global ...


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MINDFUL EATING

Click on the thumbnail image above to watch the video. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way on purpose, with awareness and without judgment.  Since ...


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Breath Prayers

Click on the image below to watch the video   During this time of social distancing, Rolling Ridge is launching a new series on spiritual connecting in our "Take Your ...


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Nature Contemplation

Click on the image below to watch the video During this time of social distancing, Rolling Ridge is launching a new series on spiritual connecting in our "Take Your ...


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Heart, Soul, and Mind

He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.” –...


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Creating a Culture of Renewal

"Creating a Culture of Renewal is one of the best leadership experiences of my ministry – everyone can benefit from greater self-awareness and accountability!" – Steve ...



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God in Yoga

What is “God in Yoga”? Practicing a gentle yoga flow, while focusing on poses and scripture. I developed this over 10 years ago when I was asked to teach yoga during a ...


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The History of Easter Eggs

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of "Easter Eggs" comes from?   The art of making decorated eggs comes from Ukraine and the tradition of “pysanky.” Pysanky, ...




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A Taste of Compassion

  The “Golden Rule” is found in just about all faith traditions and in our secular ethics as well. It might be stated in a bunch of different ways, but it all gets down ...


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Understand People!

Seriously! Many of us don’t understand why someone does what they do. What’s their motivation? How can someone be so different than me? How can I understand, let alone ...


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Is There No Balm in Gilead?

"Terror let loose!" thunders the text of the prophet Jeremiah (650 - c. 570 BC), quoting Psalm 31.   Rereading this amazing Old Testament book from the sixth century BCE ...




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Kneeling at the Manger

A few years ago I attended an Advent Quiet Day retreat, taking time for reflection and preparing. During the opening we were asked what Advent practices had been ...


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Abwoon d'bwashmaya

What a difference a translation makes: A close translation of the Lord’s Prayer from Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke, yields astonishingly fresh insights about the...


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Grief

When someone we love dies, we may feel as if we are suddenly in a starkly new territory, a place of deep sorrow, regret and longing.  We may wonder how we can go on ...




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Money and Mission

Sometimes I hear leaders talk about having enough resources for their mission projects or church ministry.  More often, leaders and parishioners worry about money and ...