Spring '18 Letter to the Community
Dear Contemplative Outreach Community,
Twelve months ago our year looked typical. We had 2 eight-day retreats in process, our International Day of Prayer scheduled, introductory workshops on the calendar, and our keynote speaker on line for the fall. Our weekly mini-retreat in the east valley was fully subscribed. Prescott enjoyed a new prayer group, and our involvement with the national and local 12 Step Outreach recovery community continued to thrive.
But this has not been a typical year, has it? It has been marked by change, both nationally and locally. Our nation’s unity and civility have been sorely challenged. The world has reeled from assaults by extreme hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires and floods. It would seem that the anxiety level of our human family has notched up a few degrees.
Locally we bade farewell to two cherished founders of Contemplative Outreach of Phoenix, Phil and Mary Leonard. Our much anticipated keynote speaker, Dr. Dan Miller, had to cancel at the 11th hour due to illness. Our two intensive retreats at Santa Rita were cancelled because of construction noise from a new retreat house that is being built. While everything else moved nicely along, we had never experienced so many changes in one year of planning.
Now, in 2018, we begin again, releasing the past and trusting wholly in the Holy Spirit. This year, we would like to focus on the “outreach” part of our title, connecting with and getting to know our small prayer groups. We will come to you, and we invite you to come to us. We are all part of the living circulatory network of worldwide Contemplative Outreach. We hope you will attend the annual International Day of Prayer in March. This is a unique time for fellowship and discussion around new material from the national organization. Another valuable time for connections and enrichment will be our Keynote Speaker day on Saturday, October 13, 2018 when we will have the pleasure of experiencing Dr. Ward Bauman. St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church has invited Dr. James Finley for a day of wisdom teaching on March 17, 2018 (https://saintbarnabas.org/all-events/finley2018/). And on the first Wednesday of each month a sacred Taize service is held from 7 to 8 pm in St. Joseph Hospital’s beautiful chapel.
As always, there is more information on our website (www.contemplativeoutreach-phoenix.org) and we will email you periodically to highlight current opportunities. We look forward to a year of fellowship and sharing and wish you all the graces of the Holy Spirit.
Your Chapter Service Team
Contemplative Outreach contact numbers for Arizona are as follows:
- Rick and Kathy Kramer-Howe, Phoenix (602) 955-6057
- Robert Johnson, Prescott (928) 717-2441
- Rusty Swavely, Sedona (928) 282-2080