Friday, November 18, 2011

Barbara Crafton coming to St. Paul's!

Koinonia of Charlottesville presents

Prayer in the hard times

an Advent retreat led by Barbara Crafton

Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

at St. Paul’s Memorial Church
1700 University Avenue, Charlottesville, VA
(across from the UVa Rotunda)

When you're too scared to speak - or too sad...
When a situation is so complex that you honestly don't know what to hope for...
When you're not even sure what you want, or what's best...
At such times, words fail us. Yet there are ways through these times of difficulty.

We'll look at some concrete ideas about the kinds of prayer that might fit. One thing is certain: God does not leave us without a way to get in touch.

This retreat is free and open to the public; however, to reserve a place we do ask that you either return the form below or call the church office at (434)295-2156. Lunch is on your own from noon until 1 p.m., but feel free to brown bag.

About Barbara Cawthorne Crafton

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest and author. She heads The Geranium Farm, an institute for the promotion of spiritual growth. The Farm publishes her "Almost-Daily eMo," a meditation read online by tens of thousands of people worldwide via email and at her website. She has served many churches, including historic Trinity Church, Wall Street, St. John's-in-the-Village in Greenwich Village, and St. Clement's in Manhattan's theater district. She was a maritime chaplain on theNew York waterfront, and served as a chaplain at Ground Zero after the attack on the World Trade Center. Most recently she served St. James, the American church inFlorence, Italy. A spiritual director, Crafton leads retreats and teaches throughout the United States and abroad.

Her many books include books of essays (The Sewing Room, Yes! We'll Gather at the River, Some Things You Just have to Live With), books of daily meditations (Let Us Bless the Lord - in 4 volumes), Meditations on the PsalmsFinding Time for Serenity, and several others; a book of poetry (Blessed Paradoxes), a book about the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing (Mass in Time of War) and, most recently, a book about how people of faith experience depression (Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet).

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