Saturday, June 10, 2017

Bonhoeffer in His Times and Ours: starts June 19, online!

* The course-retreat offers online resources to participants (and only to them): excerpts from Bonhoeffer's written works, reflection questions, opportunities for conversation with other participants and with your friendly facilitator, spiritual exercises, links to music, images. It does so with the help of fairly simple technology, a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not searchable: random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments. Our course-retreat blog is private and just for us.

* Once you register for the retreat, I will send instructions on the one-time sign-in mechanism. After you first sign on to the retreat blog, the blog will always recognize you.

What do you mean by "spiritual exercises"?

Spirituality --including Christian spirituality-- involves our entire life. It is bodily as well as mental. It involves our imagination and also our actions. It is about practice, not just thinking.

A spiritual exercise, therefore, may be a prayer or meditation, or a reading assignment or way of reading; but it may also be a piece of writing in a journal, a new or repeated way of interacting with others, a way of gazing or focusing, a practice of fasting or mindful eating, a new way of creating, a daily habit.

Privacy and community

Conversation (online, but not at specified times) is an important part of the course, both because you may want to ask questions and because it's good to have company when we are learning.

Conversation takes place via the comments function on the blog. Only other participants and the facilitator can read them. The blog is only open to course participants.

More about your friendly retreat designer and facilitator, Jane Redmont, here. Please do not hesitate to write me with questions or concerns.

Reminder: The full list of our summer 2017 online offerings is here.

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