Scarritt Bennett Center Blog

Grow in Your Spiritual Life

Between now and the end of the year, Scarritt Bennett Center is offering many opportunities for spiritual growth through worship, art, music, retreats, poetry and solitude. Worship. Two services of worship are held in Wightman Chapel each week. One is on Tuesdays at 12:30-1:05. This is...

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BHB Fellows: Orientation Week

Last week, the Belle H. Bennett fellows got acquainted with the Scarritt Bennett Center community during orientation week. Thanks to everyone who welcomed them – gave them tours of the campus, shared a meal with them, and chatted with them during their “get to know...

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Maryruth Nickels

Our condolences are with the family and friends of Maryruth Nickels, Scarritt Bennett Center Interim Executive Director, 1993-1994. Maryruth Nickels, 92, of the Franklin United Methodist Community in Franklin, IN passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2016. This remarkable woman, adventurer and philanthropist, was born December 11,...

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Lonely The Boat

Lonely the boat, sailing at sea, tossed on a cold, stormy night; cruel the sea which seemed so wide with waves so high. This single ship sailed the deep sea, straight into the gale; O Lord, great is the peril, dangers to all assail.   Strong winds arose in all...

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Any Place Can Be a Sacred Space

Finding time and space for oneself is difficult in our busy days. Even several minutes during a day can provide for our inner selves renewal, restoration, rediscovery and reawakening. Perhaps time can be found as you walk the dog, or ride the subway/bus/drive to work,...

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Spiritual Seekers

We have become a society of seekers – seekers of meaning to life. Many people participate in almost any kind of sp0iritual or religious experience that comes their way. Some of this seeking is fueled by undefinable needs, but some is fueled by the relentless...

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A Culture of Hate: Is This Who We Are?

Images of hatred fill our newspapers, radios, social media and televisions daily. During these last several weeks we have seen horrendous acts of violence against people because of their skin color, their employment as police, their sexual orientation, their ethnic background, or their beliefs and...

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A Creed for the Immigrants

I believe in God, the Almighty that led the people in exile, and in exodus, the God of Joseph in Egypt and of Daniel in Babylonia the God of foreigners and of immigrants. I believe in Jesus Christ, a displaced Galilean, who was born far from his people, who fled from his...

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To a Place of Celebration

To a place of celebration filled with laughter, dancing, joy, Came such violent devastation—one man’s efforts to destroy. God, we grieve for loved ones taken; we lament, “What can we do?” Now, we’re feeling lost and shaken; heal our nation! Make us new!   Weapons kill—and so does silence; hear...

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