156 E. Chestnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Please contact us for registration or more information through this site or calling our office: 828.319.7240
January ~ December 2017
The Year of Matthew
In 2017 St. Macarius Contemplative Community will focus our weekly reflections on readings from the gospel of St. Matthew for each Sunday in Liturgical Year A.
Matthew was probably written in Antioch of Syria around 80-90 CE when the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem was fresh in the minds of Jews throughout the Roman Empire. Matthew has Jewish followers of Jesus in mind and the gospel reflects familiarity with the heritage and hopes of Judaism. In this context Jesus is presented as the long awaited Messiah and a new Moses who will bring a new law of life into the lives of a new Israel. The presence of God is now in the life of Jesus rather than a temple in Jerusalem.
Our new Community Catechists will introduce each weekly gospel reading in this context that lies behind Matthew’s gospel.
All gatherings meet at
156 E. Chestnut St.
6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
For more information contact Emily Wilmer at
828.319.7240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity Episcopal Church, Asheville
Sunday Adult Education
9:30-10:30 AM February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2017
A four week exploration of life among Celtic-speaking Christians through the lives of Celtic saints, poets, monastic communities, and daily life in Celtic-speaking communities with an emphasis on:
We will reflect on the unique faith, courage, and prayerful witness to the presence of Christ in the lives of Celtic-speaking Christians in Wales and Scotland and relate their wisdom and inspiration to the challenges and cultural transitions in the evolving Christian life of the Twenty-first century.
Facilitators: David Keller and Emily Wilmer have led pilgrimages, retreats, and seminars on Christianity in Celtic-speaking lands in the UK and the USA. Emily has studied Celtic spirituality in a masters program at the University of Wales and David is finishing a book on early monastic life in fifth-sixth century Wales and Ireland. They are members of Trinity Church and founding members of St. Macarius Contemplative Community in Asheville.
Holy Quiet : Generative Silence
a writer’s / artist's retreat
September (21) 22 – 24, 2017
Lutheridge Retreat Center
28 Spruce Dr.
Arden, NC 28704
You are invited to join other writers and artists for a weekend in retreat to work on your current writing or small art project or make a beginning on something new. Robert Lax – poet, photographer, longtime friend of Thomas Merton said he needed ‘generative silence just as a photographer needs a darkroom’ in order to dive deep and hear the words whispering to be written. Come away to a quiet place to immerse yourself in this Holy Quiet that bubbles with Generative Silence and listen into the heart of what is asking to be expressed. There is the option for an extra day by arriving on Thursday September 21.
Our days will be wrapped in silent meditation/contemplative prayer with stretches of time for writing, shared meals and group reflection at day’s end. Our setting is the Lutheridge Retreat Center outside Asheville, NC. Each person will have a single room with private bathroom. Handicap accessible rooms available. Participation limited to 14 attendees. Go to http://www.uniquevenues.com/Lutheridge to learn more. We will be staying in Kohnjoy Inn.
Our guide for the weekend is Emily Wilmer, a writer of poetry, mentor and guide in contemplative prayer and over 25 years companioning individuals on their spiritual journey. You can learn more about Emily at http://oasisofwisdom.net/
Registration deadline: July 15, 2017- limited to 14 attendees
12 spaces left
contact Emily for more information at 828.319.7240 or email@example.com
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