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The Urban Well––A Source for Contemplative Practices

The Urban Well––A Source for Contemplative Practices
Saint James Episcopal Church
119 N. Duke St., Lancaster PA
717-397-4858• [email protected]

The Urban Well, launched in 2020, focuses on teaching contemplative spirituality in collaboration with others. We are rooted in a pioneering Christian community and are exploring how to be open with integrity to interfaith wisdom and contemplative practices.

Services offered: Daily practices of prayer; meditation and yoga; teaching series; spiritual direction for individuals and groups; day and weekend retreats; children, youth and family day camps and retreats; addiction and recovery services and 11th step meditation.

Educational opportunities:

§  A Wisdom Way of Knowing with Marcella Kraybill–Greggo: an active body session, dinner, meditation and teaching. Three-part series Feb. 11, March 31 and June 30.

§  Mercy Seminar with Professor Randall Zachman and The Reverend David Peck, for those who are seeking to deepen their understanding of God’s mercy and shalom in the world from an interfaith perspective.

            • Jesus in the light of ancient Israel and Jewish faith, February 27–April 2

            • The cost of anti-Judaism: what Christianity lost, May 14–June 18

            • Hope for the future: Jewish-Christian reconciliation, September 17–October 22

            • Journey to Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, Israel, October 31–November 6

§  Weekend Retreat with Matthew Fox, American priest and theologian, May 15-16

Philosophical approach: “We connect with others to study wisdom, teach practices, share hope, create community, seek reconciliation and build resilience for ourselves and the world around us.”