Writing Circle Takes Shape Sunday, January 23

On Sunday, January 23, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., a small group of people will gather together to put together ideas for an ecumenical writing circle at Heatherhope Farm. We invite anyone interested in and committed to such an endeavor to join us.

Someone once said, “I write to discover what I am thinking.” Since living the Christian faith takes courage and tenacity of thought, writing can also be a wonderful way of discovering a more righteous path in life. It can be a way of being more honest with fears and doubts as well as with the Word of God that is calling us all to live more boldly a life of love.

Writing together is a way of encouraging and being encouraged. We can practice being trustworthy listeners and hone our own testimony to the power of the Spirit that is crying out within us.

We know that in this circle we will invoke God’s help, build trusting relationships, listen to each other and to other powerful voices, and grow in our ability to write. The aim will not be to become famous, published writers, but simply to become more authentic Christians.

Do join us. As of now there are no restrictions on age, denomination or anything else. All sorts of writing of fiction and non-fiction, prose and poetry will be explored. We recognize too that all people of faith are also people of doubt. Remember, there are no limits on where the Spirit might lead us.

If you have questions, or if you plan to attend, contact John or Connie Seraphine at heatherhopefarm@gmail.com. They will be the ones ultimately responsible for keeping this group trustworthy in the process of writing and sharing about faith and spirituality. John has recently retired as a Lutheran minister after almost 40 years of service. Connie also has a theological education and has also served the church as a lay professional. She is also certified in group spiritual direction by the Shalem Institute.

The meeting will be at Heatherhope Farm. Please find directions and other contact information on the “Contact Us” and “Directions” pages of this web site.

About John

John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has served congregations for over 40 years, including in rural, suburban, campus ministry and urban settings. His love of Border Collie sheepdogs has been fortified by his many friendships with shepherds all around the world. Nothing he has ever or will ever accomplish is as significant as the patience God, his wife and his friends have shown in putting up with his deficiencies.
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