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Upcoming Events

Lectio Divina: Listening with the Ear of the Heart

March 29, 7:30-9:00 pm

Susan Robbins Etherton

Lectio Divina, literally meaning "divine reading," is an ancient practice of praying with the Scriptures. During Lectio Divina, we listen to the text with the "ear of the heart." We might imagine the experience as a conversation with God, where God is suggesting the topics for discussion. We will explore this prayer practice together, listening for how God might want to speak to us in the moment. 

Susan Etherton is a Spiritual Director in Northern Virginia and serves on the Board of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She is an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and worships at Arlington Presbyterian with her husband, Jon, and their two college-aged children, Sarah and Jay. Susan rejoices in the gifts of creation through her spiritual practices of photography and song.

Icon Writing Workshop

Sundays in Lent (March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9), 1:00-4:00 pm

Jennifer Smith

In this six-session workshop, we will explore the ancient art of iconography as an active form of prayer, using silence and Gregorian chant to aid in contemplation as we follow this ancient spiritual practice. Participants will learn the intensive, step-by-step process of painting (or “writing”) an icon in the Byzantine style, using acrylic paint and gold leaf on a wooden board. The workshop is open to people of all faiths and to those with or without art experience.  Registration is limited to 10 participants. A materials fee of $75 is due by February 15. 

Jennifer Smith received a degree in Fine Arts from the College of William & Mary, where she focused primarily on oil painting and printmaking techniques. Jennifer is also the author of The Descent of Angels and The Fly in the Ointment: The Mysteries of Mary Magdalene. She has been “writing” icons since 2005, and is pleased to return to St. Aidan’s for her third workshop.

Spring Retreat, Saturday, March 18 from 9 am - 2 pm

Grounded and Open-Hearted: Bringing Our Best to a Challenging World

It is evident that our world needs the very best we can all bring with us into our daily lives.  It is clear also that being our grounded, loving, caring best is not always easy, especially in a changing world that requires us to live outside our comfort zone.  This year's retreat will help us by offering reflections and tools for intentionally living out of the goodness that lies within each one of us. Retreat topics will include:
    Non-violent communication
    Loving those we don't like
    Mindfulness and Contemplative living
Lunch will be provided and the retreat is free and open to everyone.  RSVP to info@centerforspiritualdeepening.org.

The Spirituality of Recovery 

April 26, 7:30-9:00 pm

Maureen Schneider

Twelve Step recovery programs offer a spiritual path that many have chosen to move out of addiction and into new life.  These Steps are not only relevant to those with addictions but can be helpful to anyone seeking a progressive deepening into a God-centered life.  Maureen will discuss the process of the Twelve Steps, their underlying spiritual principles, and how they can be “lived” as a way of transformation.  All are welcome, whether or not recovery from addiction is a part of your spiritual journey.

Maureen Schneider served as a counselor, clinical supervisor, and program director in various treatment programs in Virginia.  She holds a Master’s degree in counseling from Trinity College in Washington DC.  Maureen has presented workshops, talks, and retreats focused on spirituality and recovery.  She also enjoys working with others as a spiritual companion.  Maureen has been a recovering and grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 40 years.

Music and Divine Presence

May 31, 7:30 -9:00 pm

The Reverend John Baker and Margie Baker

We all know something about the power of music in our lives.  Music can move us and engage us at the “heart” level in a way that nothing else can.   Music has the ability to transform our moments, and indeed, our lives.  The earliest words of Hebrew scripture are ancient songs whose power shaped the culture of a people and expressed their deep longing for participation with God.  Music has often been at the center of the spiritual life. During this event, we will experience the connection between music and the spirit, music and our hearts, music and our souls.  We will hear music performed, and we will participate in music through simple chants designed to help us explore music’s ability to build community.  Join us for fun and spiritual refreshment with Music and the Divine Presence.

John Baker, rector of St. Aidan’s, has more than thirty years’ experience leading congregational music, retreats, and spiritual gatherings with song and chant. He uses traditional and contemporary music, as well as original compositions, to include the gathered community in the experience of making music.

Margie Baker is a cellist who taught orchestra and choral singing in the Early College Program at Guilford College for ten years before entering seminary in the Fall of 2016. Margie has planned and led music for church and youth retreats over the years and she continues to explore new musical possibilities for use in liturgy and spiritual practice.