Upcoming Offerings

“Peace meets you at the garden gate…
At Bethany every leaf and tree,
every stone and flower seems infused with the prayers of the faithful.”
— Desmond Tutu

Come walk the labyrinth and discover the peace and beauty of a place apart for prayer and reflection.

Upcoming Events — June 5 & June 13

Invitation to Sabbath: a gentle day of song, walking, writing, and silence in community
Wednesday, June 5, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, lunch included, suggested fee: $40
Rediscover sacred time in the daily with opportunities for quiet, chant, walking the labyrinth and contemplative writing.
Led by The Rev. Hannah Brown, The Rev. Steve Garnaas-Holmes, and Cathy Okhuysen.
Hannah Brown has served as pastor at West Concord Union Church, UCC since 2009. There she has been exploring how worship can engage all of our senses and embrace those of all ages and abilities.
Steve Garnaas-Holmes is a poet, songwriter and the pastor of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Acton.  He is the writer of a daily spiritual blog called “Unfolding Light,” at www.unfoldinglight.net. He served churches in NH and Montana where he performed music and comedy in the Montana Logging & Ballet Co.
Cathy Okhuysen has led Chanting and Singing Meditation in a variety of settings for over 10 years on the Seacoast of New Hampshire She also regularly leads music for the Bethany Contemplative Eucharist. It brings her great joy to sing with others especially in the Chapel of St Anne at Bethany. Register here.

Mindfulness at the ACA Gallery, Thursday, June 13 10:00—11:00 am
led by facilitators from Bethany House of Prayer in Arlington.  Additional details here.

On-Going Contemplative Offerings:
Evening Contemplative Practice
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7:00- 8:30 pm. Closing evening: June 11
St. Gabriel’s House, 173 Appleton Street, Arlington
A bi-weekly gathering to explore contemplative practices through meditation, teachings, and discussion facilitated by Bethany Colleagues Christina Leano and Christi Humphrey. We welcome people of all experiences looking for silence in community and support in bringing mindfulness and compassion into their Christian path. The guided meditations and teachings will draw upon the Christian contemplative tradition, monastic spirituality, Buddhist meditation, and self-compassion practices. This winter and spring, we will be reflecting on the wonderful book Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird. All are welcome to join at any time. No prior knowledge of contemplation or of the book are needed.
Free-will offering: Donations appreciated to support our ministries.
Registration: Not required but helpful, please register by email. Newcomers welcome every session.

Contemplative Prayer Gathering
Thursday Mornings 10:00-11:30 am; Last service: June 6
Chapel of St. Anne
A weekly circle of encouragement for the practice of contemplative prayer.
Led by Bethany House of Prayer Colleagues and Associates.  Newcomers welcome each week.  Enter into the beauty of the Chapel, present to the offerings of the day, the cares of your heart and our world.  Experience the gifts of community, silence and a shared attentiveness to the holy in our lives.

Contemplative Evening Eucharist: Chapel of St. Anne
The 3rd Wednesday evening of the month, September-May, 7:00 pm
Next service: September 18
Enter into the quiet beauty of the candle lit Chapel — sing, pray, listen, and honor silence with others who are making their way along paths both familiar and mysterious, ordinary and sacred.

New group beginning this January-June:
Bethany Contemplative Writing Group

This is a new group that will meet monthly to immerse in the art of contemplative writing. This is for writers who already have a practice and desire sustained community, as well as for those seeking to explore writing with a contemplative approach. Each month we will be guided by practices that draw our voices, wisdom and stories from stirrings into fully realized form, as reflections, narratives, and poems.  Writers will share freshly generated workshop material, as well as bring finished pieces for response and care.   Examples and short craft talks will augment what is essentially a time of listening to the still small voice within, and giving it life on the page. Monthly Meeting Times: Friday mornings 10:00-12:00, on occasion to be followed with a bag lunch time for further conversation. Dates are: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 29, April 26, May 17, and June 14. Led by Bethany Colleague: Kathleen Hirsch, M.F.A., who had a long career in narrative journalism before authoring three books of creative nonfiction, including A Sabbath Life: One Woman’s Search for Wholeness. In addition to being a spiritual director and writer, Kathleen also teaches at Boston College addressing social justice and contemplative work. Her spiritual reflections, www.kathleenhirsch.com offer recent examples of work relevant to those considering this contemplative writing group.  Registration is for all sessions; fee is $180 for all six sessions.  This group is now full; to be added to the waiting list or to hear about additional upcoming writing opportunities at Bethany, please contact us  online or by email or phone.

Available Year-Round:
Spiritual Direction
Whether it is a regular practice or arises out of significant life changes or vocational discernment, the value of meeting with a spiritual director can help foster and support your care for your spiritual life and prayer. Bethany House of Prayer has over 10 trained spiritual directors who are lay and ordained, ecumenical leaders. Please contact us by phone or email to explore this resource.

Individual Quiet Days and Retreats for your Parish or Group
Bethany House of Prayer offers an exceptional space for retreats for individuals and groups.  Please contact us if you wish to arrange a day of retreat which can be self – directed,  meeting with a spiritual director or facilitated by Bethany House of Prayer. We can now accommodate groups overnight on retreat.  For group retreats, please register online or call or email to inquire or reserve retreat opportunities. Please contact Bethany House directly if you would like to reserve space for an individual retreat or quiet day.

“Catch the Vision” Celebrating a Century of the Order of Saint Anne
This handsome book of 112 pages and 123 full-color illustrations, offers us glimpses of OSA, past and present, together with reflections written by some of the Order’s many friends. The book can be ordered from the Sisters by email.

Join us as we bring our lives and souls into the transforming reality of God’s spirit in the world.