Religious Life Seminar: Lectio Divina

 Monday, August 3, 2020 
3:00pm-4:30pm  
Repeats  
Train Station patio

Take an afternoon break for a time of meditating with scripture and God’s creation using the ancient practice of Lectio Divina. In this two-part class, Nancy Flinchbaugh provides the historical and theological background of this approach to listening to God’s word, with opportunities to practice and resources for further use.

Lectio Divina, developed by monks in the Middle Ages, has become popular again in our time. The four-step process includes: 1. Reading the scripture meditatively, listening for what shimmers (Lectio), 2. Meditating on the shimmering words and listening for a message in those words for your life (Meditatio), 3. Praying about the message applied to your life (Oratio), and 4. Sitting into silence with God in this revelation (Contemplativo).

In both sessions Flinchbaugh leads participants in a guided practice demonstrating ways to use Lectio Divina with groups and individuals. On Monday, she will explore the use of Lectio Divina with scripture passages. On Wednesday, she will explore Lectio Divina opening the Holy Book of Nature, listening for God in the beauty and miracles of the natural world.

Flinchbaugh is a Christian contemplative and author. She was trained by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and Veriditas Labyrinth Organization. She writes as spiritual practice. Her latest book Awakening: A Contemplative Primer on Learning to Sit includes descriptions and suggestions for 10 contemplative practices, including Lectio Divina with scripture and with the Earth. A graduate of Otterbein University in religion and sociology, she later obtained a master’s degree in education at the University of Texas San Antonio. For the past 26 years, she has worked for the City of Springfield, Ohio as the Fair Housing/Mediation Coordinator, which includes organizing intercultural programming


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