There Is a Field

I’ve just returned from my second weekend intensive in spiritual director training with The Haden Institute. I’m grateful for time apart to learn, to be fed, to not be in charge of something, but, instead, to be fed spiritually.

There is a sacred space at the intensive that is just for creative expression and processing. I painted this piece in response to a Rumi quote that was shared in our morning meditation.

Out beyond the ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing there is a field. I will meet you there.
-Rumi

Creating Mantles of Prayer

scarf4blogThis week we had a special ministry opportunity here in Nashville. We were invited to come to The Upper Room/GBOD and help make silk scarves — mantles of prayer — that will be given to each delegate and leader of the upcoming General Conference of The United Methodist Church. (The General Conference will take place in Tampa, Florida from April 24 – May 4, 2012.)

The process involved untreated silk scarves, three colors of water-soluble dye, salt, coated freezer paper, irons, loving hands, and prayerful hearts. Here’s a link to more photos of the process.

If you’d like to help make Mantles of Prayer for the General Conference, download these two PDFs of instructions:

You are invited to join together in 50 Days of Prayer for the upcoming General Conference. Sign up for a daily prayer email (starting March 16 and continuing through the end of General Conference). Or download a PDF of the booklet with the daily meditations. You can also purchase printed copies of the prayer booklet for yourself or congregation.