News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
from the current exhibit "Beneath the Surface" by Chuck + Peg Carlson Hoffman
Oct. 5-19, 2015
Words to the Wise
People from my first home say I'm brave. They tell me I'm strong. They pat me on the back and say, "Way to go. Good job." But the truth is, I am not really very brave; I am not really very strong; and I am not doing anything spectacular. I am simply doing what God has called me to do as a person who follows Him. He said to feed His sheep and He said to care for 'the least of these,' so that's what I'm doing, with the help of a lot people who make it possible and in the company of those who make my life worth living.

Katie J. Davis, Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
Introducing the Artist Lara Hanson,
Founder of Moving Line Studio
Lara is hosting a three night experience at the Benedictine Center called Moving Line: Learning to Draw As Spiritual Practice, beginning Nov. 2. Lara is also scheduled to exhibit her work at The St. Paul's Monastery Gallery in the fall of 2016.

Lara Hanson is an interdisciplinary artist. In her work she combines the disciplines of drawing and movement to create performance pieces. The performances explore the mantra Life = Movement/Movement = Life. Movement, as the term applies to her work, refers not only to physical movement but includes intellectual movement (the workings of the mind and imagination) and spiritual movement (the stirring of the soul). 

Dance embodies a direct connection to the expression of life; the human body has the ability to communicate immediately what is in the mind and the soul. But dance is an ephemeral art form. You see it, and then it is gone forever. Lara's
art practice centers on finding the connection between outer movement (the physical body) and inner movement (the creative and spiritual body). She observes and draws dancers, collaborates with dancers and choreographers, and is continually working to deepen her understanding of how her own body moves. Lara's objective is to discover the place where dance and drawing meet and to create a new discipline that blurs their distinction. Dance is linear and temporal, drawing is fixed in time. Drawing can become time-based when the drawing process, like a dance, is performed for an audience. Dance, not just the physical form of the dancers, but also the emotional, intellectual and spiritual expression of the dance, can break out of the bonds of time when its gestures are recorded as line drawn on a sheet of paper. 

Collaboration is key to Lara's art practice and has helped balance the interdependence of the elements of her work. The collaborative experience affords her a chance to glean the working methods of other disciplines and apply them to her work. One of the goals of her art practice is to give the drawing process an equal footing with the other performing arts. Collaborating provides an opportunity for the drawing process to be seen alongside dance, music, or the spoken word. 

The purpose of Lara's art is to reveal what is beautiful, true and good in this world. We have had enough of fear and violence. Lara creates to defy those who only want to destroy. Lara is moving toward life. Movement = Life.
Learn more about Lara and her art at

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SoulCollage Retreat: An Exercise of Religious Imagination
Barb SuttonFri ., Oct. 16, 9a-3p
Dr. Barbara Sutton
$75 includes materials
"The soul speaks in image," according to C. G. Jung. How are you seeking to create a soulful life? What contemplative practices nurtures you? Teacher and facilitator, Barbara Sutton, who has worked extensively with The Saint John's Bible, will introduce SoulCollage as a process to explore the human dynamics and the communal dimensions of one's life. The act of creating collages forms a basis for seeing with the eyes of faith what God is up to in our lives. We will also use journaling, guided imagery and small group sharing during this retreat to support our collage-making and engage the spiritual journey more deeply. No previous experience necessary. Register online.

Intro to Centering Prayer
Sat., Oct 17, 9a-2:30p
S. Virginia Matter OSB and Staff
This ancient spiritual practice is a Christian way of meditating that teaches one how to listen for God's invitation to deeper relationship. S. Virginia Matter OSB is a seasoned teacher and practitioner of centering prayer who was commissioned by Fr. Thomas Keating OSCO. Register online.

Listen: Prologue to the Rule of Benedict
Sun., Oct. 18, 1-3p
S. Carol Rennie OSB and Tod Twist Oblate
Freewill offering
From the first word of the Rule of Benedict, readers are encouraged to incline their hearts toward God. What does that practice look like in the modern day? How do expressly monastic instructions translate into helpful and practical wisdom for those who live outside of a monastery? A lifelong Benedictine woman and a mid-life Oblate and father come together to explore these questions through a prayerful introduction to the Rule, beginning with its opening Prologue. Those new to and experienced in Benedictine spirituality welcome.Register online.
Latest Benedictine Center Publication
Hardcopies of the latest edition of Listen are now available and should reach mailboxes soon. To request a copy, please email the Benedictine Center. Alternatively, Download a PDF copy to view the new edition or  explore online the upcoming opportunities for retreat, prayer and rich conversation.
Exhibit Open 9a-6p Daily
Beneath the Surface
by Chuck + Peg Carlson Hoffman
Chuck and Peg's traveling art exhibition titled "Beneath the Surface" is now open at St. Paul's Monastery.  Journeys to the Holy Lands offered Chuck and Peg personal glimpses into its contrasts, vibrancy and yearnings for the elusive dream of peace. Come journey beneath the surface of the Holy Land through the eyes of two artists. Open 9a-6p daily. Freewill offering.

Recommended Reading
The Way Forward:
A Collection of Benedictine Inspirations
Timeless meditations connecting Benedictine wisdom to everyday life. Available in print and digital editions.
Matters of Life and Death by Victor Klimoski
Poems that capture ideas that will not let go, including what it means to live up to the day we die. Available online.
Illuminating Ministry
A Journal, Vol. III
An opportunity for church leaders to join in prayer and reflection with
The Saint John's Bible. Available online.
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The Benedictine Center shares the monastic heritage of St. Paul's Monastery with all who seek to live with the Gospel as their guide.

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