There has been a change in the schedule. We’re no longer offering the block printing art workshop. Our facilitator, Suzanne Stewart, will be unexpectedly out of town this weekend.
There are still tickets for lunch with the speakers and DR core team available until Wednesday, Nov 6. We’re great company and it’s always amazing. I think for some people that’s their favorite experience:)
Don’t forget we are having a fabulous book sale! Support women writers, especially women of color, buy their books, give them to friends, recommend them to others. Books will be discounted for the conference, so bring some pocket money!
See you soon!!
“A growing spiritual life leads to a growing healthy sense of self. As a Christian I grow spiritually by admitting what’s not going well with me—and also by admitting that God’s grace is already dealing with my sins and imperfections—as well as admitting that I am lovely and amazing by mere virtue of the fact that God of the universe loves me, creates me, desires me, and will never forsake me. If I am to grow spiritually, I will continue to hold all of that truth in grace-filled tension. I see the truth of myself, but that truth is complete only if it includes Divine Presence as an ongoing reality.”
~Vinita Hampton Wright, The Art of Spiritual Writing
Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press, and most recently (just last week!) Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living.
Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.
We are so blessed to have the treasure that is Vinita living in Chicago!
Vinita will be speaking Saturday, November 9, in the afternoon.
Communities are truly communities when they open to others, when they remain vulnerable and humble; when the members are growing in love, in compassion, and in humility.
The fundamental attitudes of true community, where there is true belonging, are openness, welcome, and listening to God, to the universe, to each other and to other communities. Community is the breaking down of barriers to welcome difference.”
Jean Vanier, Community and Growth
Larry Crabb, in his book, Connecting: Healing Ourselves and Our Relationships, writes, “I have come to believe that the root of all our personal and emotional difficulties is a lack of togetherness, a failure to connect that keeps us from receiving life and prevents the life in us from spilling over into others.” The question then becomes, “Are we receiving life from others? Is the life in us spilling over into others?”
Our theme for November is Together.
Let’s transform this lack of togetherness into true connection.