Labyrinth and Cross
A labyrinth has been installed on the grounds in front of St. Julian Hall. The labyrinth is a powerful tool for introspective prayer. We believe its presence on our lawn will be a symbol of welcome to the community and mark our campus as a destination for spiritual growth.
In July of 2016, our labyrinth was listed on a worldwide directory.
In the spring of 2008, we commissioned our member Pat Williams, a well-known tapestry artist, to design and weave tapestries for new communion cushions at the altar. The design process took two months and included Pat, Rev. Dena Bearl (the Rector at that time), and several parishioners.
They designed a series of five landscapes based on the seasons of the liturgical year depicting scenes of North Georgia. They placed the story locally to show that the spirit of Jesus lives in the hearts of Grace- Calvary Episcopal Church and with all Christians in Habersham County.
Our church library at St. Julian Hall contains a wide variety of books useful for spiritual development.
At the parish office and in the coffee room at St. Julian Hall, you can pick up a free copy of “Forward Day by Day.” Each issue contains daily devotions for two or three months at a time.
The Internet offers some great resources for growing in understanding and faith.
Resources for daily prayer and scripture reading
Audio version of Daily Office [link: http://www.missionstclare.com/english/spoken/spoken.html (Morning Prayer, Noon Prayer, and Compline)
Sacred Ordinary Days Planner: [link: https://sacredordinarydays.com/]. Cross-denominational liturgical planer based on the church year and liturgical readings, available in an academic version and one beginning with Advent.
Forward Day By Day: [link: http://prayer.forwardmovement.org/ ] Read daily devotions, post comments on them, or listen to the day’s devotions as a podcast. You can even customize the daily devotions to suit your preferences! The site also offers three versions of the liturgical calendar (“The Book of Common Prayer, 1979,” “Lesser Feasts & Fasts, 2009,” and “Holy Women, Holy Men.”)
Celtic Daily Prayers: [link: http://www.northumbriacommunity.org/offices/morning-prayer/ ]If you want a Celtic experience of the Daily Office.
Examen: [link: http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/ignatian-spirituality/examen-and-ignatian-prayer/how-can-i-pray-try-the-daily-examen ] Developed by Ignatians, this spiritual practice ends the day with a thoughtful, penetrating review. You can find many variations online with which to experiment. This link leads to a simple introductory version.
Daily Prayer (ios)
Daily Office (Android)
Oremus Bible Browser: Look for a verse, chapter, or just read the Bible on your own.
Compare Bible Translations: Read the same verse in different translations, side by side.
Cokesbury Guide to Bible Translations: Chart comparing 19 popular versions of the Bible.
The Bible Challenge: Endorsed by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, this site includes all you need to read and ponder the entire Bible in one year.
Centering Prayer: Learn the contemporary method of an ancient church tradition: contemplative prayer.
- Note that Grace Church in Gainesville offers a weekly Centering Prayer group, currently meeting Tuesdays from 12:15-1 p.m.
- Our Grace-Calvary meditation group is not focused on Centering Prayer, but does include about 20 minutes of meditation time on Tuesdays starting at 4 p.m. in St. Julian Hall.
Lectio divina: [link: http://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/category/category/lectio-divina] Learn to use this slow, contemplative approach to absorbing spiritual nutrition from scripture, a little at a time.
Visio divina: [link: http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Praying-with-Art-Visio-Divina] Learn to contemplate images (not necessarily just “Christian” or “spiritual” images in ways that become meditative prayer. Images can bypass the “over-thinking” mind to reach us at a deeper level.
Anglican Prayer Beads: [link: http://www.myrosarybeads.com/anglicanrosary ]Learn to pray the Anglican rosary.
Stations of the Cross: [link: http://www.kencollins.com/instructions/how-15.htm ] This is a traditional “pilgrimage journey” to do on Good Friday or at some other day during Holy Week (the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday).
Crafting a Personal Rule of Life
It’s possible to become a “monk in the world” by creating a personal rule of life to focus our spiritual life at its “growing edge.” Carl McCollman [link: http://www.carlmccolman.net/2015/02/25/making-and-keeping-a-personal-rule-of-life/ ] offers guidance and workshops on this topic, and there is an abundance of help online. You might start with these:
Crafting a Rule of Life: [link: https://ruleoflife.com/] Inspiring examples!
Living Intentionally: [link: http://ssje.org/5.pdf/cowleypdf/2011%20Summer%20Insert.pdf] A workbook to download, print and fill in.
Rule of Life Instructions from the C.S. Lewis Institute: [link: http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/webfm_send/338 ] Help crafting a succinct, powerful one-page personal rule of life.
Unapologetically Episcopalian on Facebook: if you want a daily dose of our great denominations flavor.
The Episcopal Cafe [link: http://www.episcopalcafe.com/ ] – blog with art, writing, news and opportunities to comment.
- The Diocese of Atlanta: Official calendar and information about our diocese
- The Episcopal Church in the USA: Official calendar and information about the national church
- Washington National Cathedral: An informational and visual tour
- The Church of England: Links to Anglican provinces and dioceses
Programs and Places for Spiritual Growth
Education for Ministry (EfM): [link: http://efm.sewanee.edu/ ] Learn about this Episcopal training program for lay people. (Contact Grace-Calvary’s EfM mentor, Eddy Ariail, for more information about our class.) email@example.com
Cursillo: Learn about this program of intensive spiritual retreat and ongoing ministry.
St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development [link: http://www.stmaryssewanee.org/ ] Retreat center that offers programs on Centering Prayer and much more.
Monastery of the Holy Spirit [link: http://www.trappist.net/ ] “The monastery in Conyers, GA” offers quiet private retreats as well as mid-week and weekend programs.
Sewanee; Virginia Theological Seminary: Our closest Episcopal seminary.
Kanuga: Retreat center in North Carolina that offers a variety of programs.
Churchpublishing.org: A good source of Christian books, webinars, and more.
Got any other suggested resources? Please let us know!