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Contemplative Reflection on "The Universal Christ"
Location: Conference Center
Category: Special Offerings
Date: Tuesday March 3, 2020
Cost: Free Will Offering
Minimum Deposit: $0.00


First Session:
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Following Sessions:
 March 10, 2020 
March 17, 2020 
March 24, 2020
March 31, 2020 
April 7, 2020
April 14, 2020
April 21, 2020
from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Universal Christ series has been cancelled.

The Universal Christ:
How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For and Believe

Ellen S. Ford

Join us for contemplative reflection on Fr. Richard Rohr’s newest book, The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For and Believe. Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, Fr. Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world. “God loves things by becoming them,” he writes, and Jesus’ life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God – except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God, and more about learning to recognize the Creator’s presence all around us, and in everyone we meet.

Read chapters prior to each session so you are prepared to participate in group and pair sharing, solo reflection, reflective Lectio practice and contemplative sit. Ellen Ford will serve as facilitator and will follow The Universal Christ Companion Guide for Groups to explain the practices, keep time, guide group sharing and answer questions about the group process and practices.

Prior to the first session, purchase and read the first two chapters of The Universal Christ which can be purchased at the Villa Gift Shoppe or through Amazon or another book seller.

Ellen S. Ford, RN, BSN, M.Ed., CHES is a certified community health education specialist, currently serving as Manager of Community Health Education at Mercy Health Youngstown, where she also serves as faculty for the RISEN Program, a program that helps staff to nurture their spiritual skills and professional development. Ellen has a passion for health and wellness, including spiritual wellness and enjoys providing programs and resources to help people live full, healthy lives. She is also a Certified Advanced Yoga Teacher from the Kripalu Yoga and Health Center of Lenox, Massachusetts.


If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so. 
You may:
• click the "Register" link located at the bottom of this page
• call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member of our friendly staff
• complete and mail a printable registration form along with your payment to:

     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155 

Group limited to 12 participants
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
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