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Virtual Camino de Santiago Challenge

A Lenten Pilgrimage

We are taking the Camino de Santiago Virtual Challenge.  The Camino de Santiago Virtual Challenge will take you 480 miles along the pilgrims’ way leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Our Webster Hills team will virtually travel through Spain and France to our destination.

 

Each time a distance-based exercise such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, etc is completed, you will advance along with the map of Camino de Santiago.  When you finish, each person celebrates their achievement with a stunning race medal, virtual postcards and donations towards the planting of a tree for every 20% of the challenge that you completed.  Let’s get fit and positively impacting the environment.

 

You will also receive daily scriptures to read and meditate on during your pilgrimage on this virtual journey.

 

A pilgrimage reminds us that life is not only about the destination, it is about the journey. People have been taking this journey for over 1,000 years, but a pilgrimage is not the destination alone. Christ

appeared on the road to Emmaus. He walked and talked with them and told his companions of the kingdom of God. It was on the journey that they encountered Christ.

 

Come and join us on a pilgrimage this Lent.  The cost is $39.90 and there are scholarships available. To find out more information email Leslie Chalupny at lchalupny@websterhillsumc.org. The Challenge starts on February 17th!

Right Here, Right Now

A Study in Christian Mindfulness

Christian mindfulness practice is rooted in the most basic witness of Jesus: God with us, right here, right now. Jesus proclaims, the reign of God is at hand! here, now available for all, if we pay attention. Or, as Jesus says, if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. If we are mindful. To live out the reign of God requires mindful lives, intentionally aware in each present moment of God’s life and mission in the world. Christian mindfulness, then, is an anchoring practice, a way to abide in Christ.

 

“Mindfulness” has been around for a long time in history but is becoming more of a common phenomenon in recently in mainstream culture. Professor of Church History and Spirituality, Amy Oden, describes it this way in her highly-acclaimed book, Right Here, Right Now: “Many Christians practice mindfulness outside of church and believe it does not belong to our faith tradition. This book reveals the Christian roots of mindfulness and the actual practices that, when reclaimed, deepen the

life of faith and the power of our mission of love in the world.”

 

Join us on a 6 week study during Lent to reclaim these practices and live mindful lives that seek God in the present moments of our lives. The study will start on February 23rd via zoom at 7pm.  The cost of the book is $15 for a paperback or $10 on Kindle. Scholarships available.

 

To find out more information or to sign up contact Leslie Chalupny at lchalupny@websterhillsumc.org or register here.

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