Retreats: Spiritual Practices for Your Work Life

Photo for spiritual practices retreatPlease let us know if you are interested in hosting or attending one of a series of retreats we call Spiritual Practices for Your Work Life.  It has been a couple of years since our last series, and we are putting together a new version.

In these retreats we expose the participants to a number of spiritual practices that can help them in their work life.  We also provide some time for small group discussion and individual reflection, and in general help people see how their faith and spirituality can inform and support their daily work.

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Spiritual Intelligence: Does it exist?

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I ran across an article written in 2000 by psychologist Robert Emmons that is well worth considering (I wish I had seen it earlier).  Emmons raises the possibility that spirituality might be considered a form of intelligence consisting of five components (I am quoting Emmons):

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Charles Marsh on Bonhoeffer Without a Church

Photo of Bonhoeffer statueOne striking aspect of Charles Marsh’s new biography about Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the degree to which Bonhoeffer’s church seemed to disappear.  For someone as committed to, and embedded within, the church as Bonhoeffer, this must have been a highly distressing experience.  How the experience seemed to affect him can have important lessons for us.

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Prayer Mantras and Stress

photo of back of praying women's head(See also our podcast episode about the prayer mantra.) A spiritual practice that can be very helpful during times of workplace stress and uncertainty is that of repeating a personal prayer mantra. Mantras can reduce stress whether the issue is a minor hassle or a crisis large enough to generate outright fear. They can also help us to stay on track.

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