Many people have learned about St Francis of Assisi via water and bird statues in gardens. Too few people know St Francis’ lifestyle and teachings laid solid foundation for interfaith work along with attention to contemplation and action. During this retreat, we will examine key teachings of St Francis that inspire Pope Francis, Richard Rohr and his Center for Action Living School, and contemporary Franciscan nuns who work with people in jail. The retreat time will be equally divided into telling and listening to spirituality stories, art as meditation, and silence. We will examine how Francis stood barefoot on the ground and yet touched heaven, how he participated in a Larger Knowing that many call God. We will walk the SBC labyrinth and Franciscan Creation Canticle “trail”. Bring your journals for recording how you might expand attention to Franciscan Spirituality beyond birdbath to beauty of selfless care giving engagement in a multi-faith world.
Joyce Wilding is a Third Order Franciscan (TSSF), associate member Society
of Ordained Scientists (SOSc), and spiritual retreat leader. She is the
resource consultant for United Religions Initiative (URI) and recently
developed a URI interfaith Cooperation Circle that is hosted at SBC. Many of
her Franciscan programs include Yale’s Ecology and Religion Journey of the
Universe resources that re-imagines the universe story and reframes the
human connection to the cosmos.