March 3, 17, 31 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Virginia Samuel Cetuk
What does it mean to bless others and ourselves? In this season, let us claim the blessings in our lives and anticipate God's future blessings. In this course, we will examine priest, poet, and philosopher John O'Donohue's book, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, which focuses on bringing God's blessings into liminal spaces: times of transition, grieving, change, or preparation for the unknown. "O'Donohue explains 'blessing' as a way of life, as a lens through which the whole world is transformed."
Blessings are words, actions, and intentions that seek the good of another person or persons. "Blessing" refers to both the intentions spoken by people or God, and the good things in life that come to us because of God's love. Blessings carry the love and desire of God to heal, provide comfort and encouragement. Thereby in offering or receiving blessings, we are participants in this extension of God's love in the world.
Throughout this three-session course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the nature of blessing. First, we will examine the blessings of Jesus in Scripture, then reflect on our everyday blessings, and finally, there will be the opportunity to write blessings of our own.
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings is required reading for this course and can be purchased by participants here.
This course is recommended for laity and clergy who seek to deepen their understanding of God's blessings through faith formation, discipleship, and small group discussion.
Registration closes one week before the course starts and is limited to 40 participants.