Discerning: Responding Through our Vital Connections

Thursday, October 7, 2021 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, many are breathing a sigh of relief and getting on with life, but others are asking, "What next?"  Extended time of isolation, job transitions, early retirement, along with many other circumstances raise questions as to how to live more fully into the life we've been given.  How do we know what God, the Divine, the Universe, even others want for us?

We invite you to join us this fall for a three-part ONLINE workshop to consider the questions involved with our discerning what we are being called to do and to be.  Each session will address one of the vital connections involved that allow us to respond to life's questions and connect us in our personal discovery.  This series also introduces our "Rolling Ridge way" of living a contemplative life and being present to the Divine gift within and without.

Join us Thursday evenings, October 7, October 14, and November 4 from 6:30-8:30 pm and discover the secret to discerning as we respond to our vital connections.

Registration fee: $75 for three online sessions, with "assignments" in between to go deeper.

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About the leader(s)

Lawrence Jay

As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Lawrence works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality.  He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation.  A trained spiritual director and ordained American Baptist pastor, he is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, American Baptist Seminary of the West, and the Gateways to God Missional Spiritual Direction Program.  Eco-spirituality is his passion (and was his doctoral dissertation), encouraging everyone to live into the fullness of our connection with nature, God, and all people.  

John Kiemele

John Kiemele is a wellbeing educator and spiritual director who currently companions individuals, teaches various seminars and lifestyle classes, leads contemplative retreats, and also serves as Program Director at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center.  With a focus on contemplative soul care, John gratefully walks alongside individuals, small groups, classrooms and congregations.  Recognizing how intentional pausing and listening unlocks life, John strives to engage the whole person – body, mind, soul – in the lifelong process of living well.  John received his PhD in education/spirituality from Talbot School of Theology, with post-doctoral emphases in Spiritual Direction, Mindful Self-Compassion, the Enneagram Spectrum, and Wellness Coaching.