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The Center for Spiritual Formation has been collecting some of the best resources on Spiritual Practice and Centering during this time and will pull some together for you here in one place. Please use them as you want if you believe they will be helpful for you. We are NOT suggesting you purchase anything that any of the resources recommend (some of them will offer reduced rates for additional resources), we are only sharing their best FREE resource with you. Hopefully within a few days we will also be able to offer some on line prayer groups/gatherings which you may join as you want. In the meantime, if we can pray for you or assist your formation practice for yourself or your faith community in any way, please send an email to centerformation1@gmail.com.

In the Breaking of Bread 4/16/2020

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table

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I Saw God Today – by Judi Fasick

                                           I Saw God Today                              4-6-20 In these scary, uncertain times, we get overwhelmed with news of the staggering numbers of those who have contracted this Covid-19 virus and the count of those who have died from it. The TV is full of images of empty store shelves, empty streets, and full hospitals. We also

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Prayer by Francis de Sales

When we feel most alone, we can be comforted to know that others too have felt times of being alone; when we are most afraid, we can be strengthened to know that others have walked through fear. When we seem to have no words, we can reach out in our faith to those who have

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An MSD grad and past facilitator of the program has written a poem adapted from Psalm 46 and written with our current experiences in mind. Thank you to Jenny Strange for these insightful and inspiring words!

God, You are our everlasting place of sustainment, You stay with us in the midst of chaos. For this reason, we can trust, even when facing an unseen enemy, When all our usual confidences feel shaky, When our systems are taxed and at times in danger of failing, And our very connections as humans must

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BELOVEDNESS

“If you are unsure about your belovedness, I invite you to listen deeply to the Spirit of God. Listen to the Spirit whisper in your own depths that you are God’s beloved. And as you claim your own belovedness, begin to see others also as God’s beloved, so that we can participate in our belovedness

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Potter’s Inn Soul Care Conversations

Episode 48 Developing a Rule of Life in Difficult Times is available In a time of stress, crisis and the pandemic, one of the greatest needs that is being uncovered in us is simply this: We need a WAY to get through this?  That’s the question we tackle in this important podcast with Chad Hollowell.

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Everything Is Changing

This post comes to us from our friends in the UCC. May we be open to God showing us grace and mercy in this time of pandemic. Everything Is ChangingMolly Baskette March 30, 2020 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew

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“What the World Needs Now” – It’s more than a 1965 song by Jackie DeShannon, as our author reminds us, it’s what we need now, what we’ve always needed, and certainly what we hope to carry into the world beyond the immediate crisis of COVID-19.

What the World Needs Now  APRIL 1, 2020 BY DARRELL LACKEY We need a lot of things right now. We need a vaccine. We need ventilators. We need protective gear for our doctors and nurses. We need rent.  We need economic help. We need science. We need medical judgment and wisdom. We need political leadership. We

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All of us are feeling the effects of being physically separated from one another, but there are many ways in which we can still support and care for those we love. I’ve dedicated myself to sending one card each day to one of our church’s shut-ins as well as using social media to connect with family and friends. I hope you’re finding ways of continuing to care for each other!

“The virus of kindness spreads just as quickly as the virus of fear.” – Keith Giles (from article below) Let’s Walk Through This Together  APRIL 2, 2020 BY KEITH GILES If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life, it’s that I need other people. Human beings were created for community. Whether you’re an introvert or

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