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The Franciscan Spirituality Center is a sacred place of peace and hospitality for those seeking spiritual renewal, personal and professional growth, healing, transformation and deeper self-awareness. We are dedicated to supporting anyone in their search for God, meaning and wholeness. We invite you to explore our many offerings: individual and group compassionate listening, daylong programs, guided and preached retreats, mind-body-spirit classes, opportunities for creative expression, meeting room space for organizations, hermitage stays and an innovative training program for spiritual directors. No visit is complete without a stop in our fabulous Sophia Bookstore or well-stocked lending library. Staff is also available for off-site workshops, presentations and programs. Come as you are. Everyone is welcome. Peace and all good!

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    Art as Prayer

    No previous experience painting with watercolors is necessary to join this monthly art-as-a-spiritual-practice group led by the talented Mary Thompson. The next session is Monday, February 20.

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    Together in the Mystery

    Supervisor Training for Spiritual Directors: Experienced spiritual directors and those discerning a call to supervise others are invited to participate in this continuing education opportunity.

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    A Tough Grace: A Night with Author Alice Holstein

    Please join us January 26 as Alice Holstein shares the inspirational story of her struggle with mental illness and how she redefined and rebuilt her life.

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    Terry Hershey this spring!

    Two great events: Rest. Renew. Live. Community Presentation on Friday, April 28, and Finding Your Sanctuary Retreat on Friday, April 28-Saturday, April 29. Come to one or both events.

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    Contemplative Living

    Our Contemplative Living series continues. This new session has a theme of "Entering the School of Your Experience." All are welcome to join us for any or all sessions in the series!

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    Movement as Prayer: A Yoga Retreat for Women

    Heather Henry is back! Enjpy a mid-winter break during this yoga retreat designed especially for women. Taking time to pause and connect with the gift that is your wonderful body brings you to the exquisite experience of now.

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    Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better: Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown

    February 18: Sharon Lukert leads this new workshop based on the teachings of Pema Chödrön. Enjoy meditation, time for personal reflection and journal writing, and group discussion as we explore this sage advice and how we can apply it within our lives.

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    Growing the Garden of Your Soul

    Gardening in February? Yes, when you tend the garden of your soul! No artistic experience is necessary to join us February 25 as we create paintings that bring together the "yuck" and the possibilities of our lives.

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    Enough: Overcoming Our Fear of Vulnerability

    February 3-4: Sister Karen Lueck and Steve Spilde team up for this new retreat to offer encouragement and understanding as we say with confidence, " I am enough. I have enough!"

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    Mindfulness Practices for Stress Reduction

    Greg Lovell's monthly series is back! Join us the third Tuesday of the month to practice mindfulness and reflect on your experience with others. No previous experience necessary. Come to all sessions or attend as you can. Next session: 5:30-6:30 p.m. February 21 (combined content = mantra meditation and Letting Go of Thoughts). Only $10!

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    Here's to Us! A Celebration of Married Life

    This year's annual event features guest presenters Tom and Kathy Roberts, sharing their experiences and helpful tips learned from navigating life's many stages and transitions. Enjoy one-on-one time, meet other couples and raise your glass to love that endures during our cocktail party.

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    Tea & Poetry

    You are cordially invited to an enchanting afternoon of tea, poetry and friendship during our second annual fundraiser for FSC scholarships, Saturday, January 21, 2017, with guest presenter Marci Madary.

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    Art Dash

    March 30, 2017: Only 60 patron tickets will be sold to this fast-paced and fun twist on the art auction idea. Every patron ticket holder goes home a winner. The challenge is to claim your favorite piece of art before someone else does!

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    Finding God in All Things

    The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life: All those who are interested in exploring various spiritual practices and ways of praying to help discern the fingerprints of God in their life are invited to journey with us during this nine-month retreat experience.

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    Franciscan Day of Solitude

    Unplug and pause from the stresses and demands of life by spending a day of solitude at the FSC. Several dates are available. The first one is Monday, January 16.

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    Icon Writing: Jonah and the Whale

    PLAN AHEAD FOR NEXT SUMMER: Learn the sacred art of Byzantine iconography under the expert guidance of Phil Zimmerman. Registration is open for our July 2017 retreat. We'll be painting Jonah and the Whale.

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    Icon Writing: The Holy Face

    SPRING RETREAT: Registration is now open for our May 2017 iconography retreat led by Phil Zimmerman. All levels of painters are invited to participate!

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    Drawn to the Word

    Join us for this special presentation on Saturday, March 18, as pastor and professional artist Paul Oman brings Bible stories to breathtaking life through art and music.

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    Three Boxes of Chocolate: A Half-Day Retreat for Corporate Leaders

    Business leaders who want to improve the culture of their organization are invited to this fun and interactive half-day retreat to explore the relevance of meaning and purpose, self-care and presence to leadership success on Friday, February 3, with presenters John McHugh, Mike Hesch and Kristy Walz.

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    At the Center newsletter - January/February 2017

    IN THIS ISSUE: Tea & Poetry, Franciscan Day of Solitude, Celebration of Marriage, Overcoming Our Fear of Vulnerability, a new bilingual prayer group, new details about Art Dash and so much more!

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Upcoming Programs & Retreats

Divorce Recovery
January 19, 2017 5:30 pm
This is an open group that meets the third Thursday of the month for friendship, support and... Location: Franciscan Spirituality Center
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Saturday Morning Men's Group
January 21, 2017 9:00 am
Saturday Morning Men’s Group enjoys coffee and muffins while discussing a current book... Location: Franciscan Spirituality Center
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