Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2023 Theme: Do good; seek justice. Isaiah 1:17

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2023

January 24, 2023

The Renewal Center and the Liberty-Area Ministerial Alliance will host prayer and study events during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an international observance jointly organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches.

Circles of Understanding

February 16, 2023

People from all faiths, races, cultures, orientations, ways of life and backgrounds are invited to share their stories with a diverse group of people as we come to a greater understanding of one another through prayerful listening. Begins with a simple meal.

Book Study: The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr

Book Study: The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr

October 18, 2022 – May 16, 2023

Facilitated by Fr. Garry Richmeier CPPS Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, Richard Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world.

Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton

Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton

September 15, 2022 – November 10, 2022

Take a journey with Merton toward spiritual transformation and a more contemplative, peace-filled life. Over five sessions you will learn from Merton about contemplative living through prayers, readings from Merton and other spiritual masters, along with questions for small group dialogue.

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Letting Go of Nothing

July 14, 2022 – August 4, 2022

Learn how to let go of the thoughts and feelings that block happiness, impede change, and hinder self-acceptance. Based on Peter Russell’s book Letting Go of Nothing: Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature.

“Saint Luke,” early 1330s ?, by Simone Martini (Italian Sienese), 1284-1344) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

The Inclusive Community: Jesus in Luke’s Gospel

February 12, 2022 – February 15, 2022

Who was the evangelist we call Luke? Why did he write his gospel? We will study these questions and explore the personal meaning of the scriptures by focusing on the lectionary readings from the Gospel of Luke that we will hear during Sunday liturgies in 2022.

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Sacred Church – Sinful Church: Creating a community of lamentation and hope

November 20, 2021 – November 21, 2021

A weekend retreat for folks who have been hurt by the church they love. Using shared storytelling and prayer, Fr. Bill Nordenbrock will lead participants through lamentation to renewed hope.

Respect Life Challenge: A Call to Action

Respect Life Challenge: A Call to Action

October 30, 2021

Join the Renewal Center on Saturday mornings in October for a series of discussions marking Respect Life Month. Meet people active in ministries that defend the “incomparable and inviolable worth of every human life.” Topics include: elder abuse, gun violence, mothers of homicide victims, the death penalty and more. An in-person and Zoom event.

Repairers of the Breach: Reconciling Division, Healing Community

September 25, 2021

Like the early church in Corinth, we struggle with division and disunity, but St. Paul tells us that we have been given “the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5, 18). This day of reflection will explore what that means and what we need for that ministry.

Mystic Chocolate for Body and Soul

Mystic Chocolate for Body and Soul

September 1, 2021 – September 29, 2021

God’s grace is rich, extravagant and luscious. What better metaphor for God’s grace than chocolate! This chocolate-themed study series will help us learn more about God’s abundant grace while building relationships with other women.