NEXT WEEKEND: HAVE SOME FAITH IN YOUR DOUBTS RETREAT
Can you take your questions to church? Good question. A sad truth about many religious communities is they are not safe places to voice your deepest questions, doubts, and vulnerabilities. There exists a persistent narrative that such “faith” spaces are somehow at odds with our questions and doubts. I disagree.
If you’ve recently left a church, been patronized or chastised for questioning the religious status quo, or found yourself caught in a season of spiritual disillusionment, this will be a gathering of fellow wanderers. Join a safe space for honouring the journey, befriending your doubts, and reframing the hard work of spiritual deconstruction as God’s good work within you.
Come spend some quality time with your questions and doubts. They have some important things to teach you. www.starofthenorth.ca/doubt
Clint Porritt joined the team at Star of the North in August of 2020. Clint has 20+ years of faith formation experience, most recently serving at Mount Carmel Bible College in Edmonton in teaching, spiritual direction, and program development. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Taylor Seminary and is passionate about the intersection of spiritual formation, theology, creation-care, and social justice.
Hear what Healing the Healers participants are saying:
"I’ve found the course has opened windows for me to share and discuss the difficult topics surrounding life and the transition we all must make into the world beyond."
"I find the lessons given in Healing the Healers is helping me grieve my losses and is giving me strength to be truly present when someone I love is suffering."
"My soul is speaking and I am hearing.Transformational work!
Our third Together We Heal session, on inter-generational trauma with Georgina Lightning is on Thursday, November 18, 7:00 pm (MST), at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert. The session will also be live-streamed virtually.
Georgina Lightning (Cree/Bear Clan Treaty 8) is a story teller, filmmaker, actress, public speaker and advocate for change, with 30 years of experience in the film and TV industry. Her films have garnered several awards including the “White House Epic Award” given to emerging artists who change the world with the works they create, such as the narrative feature film “Older Than America,” exposing the residential school reality. Her current docudrama trilogy, “Fantasies of Flying - Grandmothers Medicine and Behind Closed Doors” is in post-production. The hope for this trilogy is to inspire reconciliation, enlightenment, healing and to reclaim the culture lost from the genocide the Indigenous people have endured since contact. Georgina will be sharing her experience of inter-generational trauma.
The session will involve a presentation, small group sharing and a closing sharing circle with Georgina.
There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Register at starofthenorth.ca/listening or by calling 780-459-5511.
Join us in January as we explore themes of wilderness in relation to Word, Creation, Justice, Communion, and Contemplation. Life is an exodus, sometimes an exterior journey a long way from home (eg. the immigrant experience) and always an extraordinary interior journey. Exodus is the transformation of our consciousness through a time of personal or collective "wilderness"; an experience of distinct steps of awakening to the reality of Spirit.
We are faced not with two separate crises,
one environmental and the other social,
but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.
Laudato Si’ Nº 139
Make your final statement a testament of your faith by including the Star of the North Retreat House as part of your estate plan.
A bequest in your will can help ensure the Star and its programs for future generations.
For further information, please contact Lucie Leduc, Executive Director, at 780-459-5511.
If you have already left us in your Will, please let us know. We would appreciate the opportunity to thank you!
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