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Practice the Pause

March 12, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am

As part of our Lenten Seeking series, this Sunday our focus will be the teachings of spiritual director Caroline Oakes, author of “Practice the Pause: Jesus’ Contemplative Practice, New Brain Science, and What It Means to Be Fully Human.” Oakes offers easy-to-understand explanations of how new brain science is confirming what every spiritual tradition has been telling us for millennia: by practicing the pause, we become more self-aware and better able to understand others. We become more “God aware.” With a refreshing focus on the Eastern Christian understanding of Jesus as a master of wisdom, Oakes shines a spotlight on Jesus’s own centering pause practice as a transformative path for personal and social change. We learn that even a seven-second pause practice can move us beyond the fight-or-flight responses of our ego in our daily lives and actually equip us to cultivate the common good in the world.

About our Lenten Seeking Series:

This year, St. Peter’s is living into Lent through the theme of Seeking. Throughout his ministry, Jesus encounters people who are seeking: a new beginning, a different life, a deeper faith. In these interactions, an unveiling often occurs—assumptions are disrupted, a new perspective is revealed, mystery grows.

Like the characters in our Lenten scriptures, we are also seeking many things: clarity, connection, wonder, justice, balance. We are seeking our calling, the sacred, and how to live as a disciple. By focusing on this theme, we can unpack big questions in ways that are honest and faithful. Asking ourselves often: What am I seeking? What is God seeking?

To do that, it makes sense to spend some time with all-star seekers! Join Rev. Sarah as she dives into the writings and other resources of faith leaders are seeking a closer connection with God and neighbor in imaginative and authentic ways. These sessions will feature different approaches and formats, from presentations to small group conversations.

All are welcome to join in-person or on Zoom. Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 848 5098 7888; Passcode: 809178


March 12, 2023
10:00 am - 10:50 am
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St. Peter’s Parish House
313 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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