Anglican Spirituality from a Systems Perspective
Resources for an Adult Formation Class for Lent March 1, 8, and 15 from 10:30 to 11:10 in the Chapel.
This three-course offering provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on their own spiritual development—something that can be particularly fruitful during Lent. The series is appropriate for both newcomers and longer-term members and will be a mix of brief lecture with individual and group reflection. The series will be led by St. Paul’s parishioner, Michelle Heyne. Michelle works as a parish development consultant and leadership trainer and is the author of In Your Holy Spirit: Traditional Spiritual Practices in Today’s Christian Life. Michelle is a professed member of the Order of the Ascension. More about Michelle.
March 1: Five Core Spiritual Practices
Useful systems of spiritual practice provide a balance between nurturing our existing strengths and providing us with some stretch or challenge. The element of Anglican practice we’re most familiar with is the Eucharist—the weekly practice that grounds our life. This session will provide information about how that fits with other elements, such as daily practice, individual reflection and community life, and our ongoing life of Christian service.
The In Your Holy Spirit spiritual map
Weekly Practice: Holy Eucharist
The Holy Eucharist celebrated several times each week as to allow people with a variety of schedules to find one that might serve as their weekly spiritual practice.
Daily Practice: The Daily Prayers of the Church
There are two things to do here. The first is to equip and support parishioners in saying the Daily Prayer of the Church on their own in the course of daily life. The second is to offer the Daily Office in some routine form on most days of the week.
There are two primary acts for the parish to take. One is to offer members assistance in identifying and maintaining ways of being reflective. The second is for the parish itself to engage in reflective processes, ways of listening to and learning from its own life as a community. The beginning place for this is to create an environment with significant space for stillness and silence.
The parish needs to provide opportunities for social life among parishioners and create an environment in which they may find and live what Augustine called a “real life,” a life in which they might be genuine, be open and honest about themselves, and still be in deep relationship with others and God. This is a community where our differences can be expressed and will be accepted; in which we can fight with those we love without fearing the loss of the relationship.
The parish can hold in front of its members the moral vision of Christian Faith. The primary place, the most effective place, of service for the Christian is in his or her daily life. We serve within our friendships, families, work, and civic life. The parish can help members identify how they serve, how they may better serve, and the gifts each brings to that task. The parish can also have at least one service ministry that is done as a parish. This is a call to a wise and generous love.
The Process of Change
The parish can provide a foundations program that equips people to take responsibility for their own spiritual life and moral action in daily life. It can also model an approach to change or experimentation and learning from experience. It can teach methods that allow people to face change.
Two books on the model being used
In Your Holy Spirit: Traditional Spiritual Practices in Today’s Christian Life - Michelle Heyne, Ascension Press, 2011. Focused on the individual's spiritual life. Was the "1 Book-1 Diocese" selection in the Diocese of Georgia in 2011 - 12. Frank Logue on the book. Bishop Scott Benhese on the book.
In Your Holy Spirit: Shaping the Parish Through Spiritual Practices, Robert A. Gallagher 2011, Ascension Press. Focused on the improving the health and faithfulness of the parish church.
About Spiritual Maps
Other spiritual maps
Threefold Rule of Prayer - Also called the Prayer Book Pattern and the Benedictine Triangle
The Threefold Rule of Prayer - Fr. Robert Gallagher, OA, includes a chart drawing on Underhill, Leech, Thornton and MacQuarrie
The Renewal-Apostolate Cycle - Fr. Robert Gallagher,
March 8: Benedictine Spirituality
Benedictine spirituality is part of Episcopal parish DNA. The Benedictine Promise to seek God through Stability, Obedience (Listening), and Conversion of Life is a rich source of spiritual nourishment as we consider where we tend to feel most comfortable, most “stuck,” and where we might be called into newness of life.
Shaping Holy Lives - Address by Archbishop Rowen Williams
Church Identity and Our Benedictine Roots - Bishop Richard Grein, AHC
The Benedictine Promise & the Dynamics of the Spiritual Life - Fr. Robert Gallagher, OA
Obedience - Michelle E. Heyne, OA a homily at the OA retreat 2014
Stability - Esther deWaal, an address at St. Paul's, Seattle, October 1992
Benedictine - from the St. Paul's web site
March 15: Episcopal Culture and Practice
The Episcopal Church has developed a particular form of Christian spirituality that has emerged from its roots in Anglicanism and in the American experience. That culture is powerful and contains often-unspoken assumptions with important implications for individual and parish spiritual life.
Episcopal Spirituality -- On the Saint Paul's web site
Also of interest for members of Saint Paul's
PDF of the article - "Understanding from Within: Working with Religious Systems"
Postings on the blog "Means of Grace, Hope of Glory"
Worship that swept us off our feet - postings refering to St. Paul's, Seattle
Worship that swept us off our feet
So what’s transferable?
Small issues with large consequence
Instinctual and intuitive leadership
The role of the bishop and the diocese
Saint Paul’s, Seattle: the search process #1