Spiritual workshop to focus on contemplative coloring

Coloring mandalas, or geometric figures, can help quiet the mind and improve focus.

The next workshop in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church's series on connecting with God will be held Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.-noon. "Praying With Mandalas: A Colorful, Contemplative Practice” will be facilitated by Sharon Seyfarth Garner. Praying with mandalas, or geometric figures, is a refreshing new method of prayer that weaves together the contemporary interest in coloring with classic Christian spiritual practices such as lectio divina, intercessory prayer, centering prayer and the Ignatian Examen. Contemplative coloring is a simple and tangible way to let go of your distractions and rediscover your sacred center.

Join us for this sacred time of creativity and prayer – a breath of spiritual fresh air! A suggested $10 donation is appreciated but not required.

Rev. Sharon Seyfarth Garner has been an ordained United Methodist pastor for over 20 years and has found that contemplative coloring is bringing new life, joy and depth to her prayer life. She is the founding director of Belly of the Whale Spiritual Direction & Retreat Ministries located at University Circle UMC. Sharon is dedicated to sharing the journey of spiritual growth with others, especially through one-on-one spiritual direction and retreat opportunities. Her first book, "Praying with Mandalas: A Colorful, Contemplative Practice," was published by Upper Room Books in January 2017.

Register by March 2 by phoning the church at 440-871-6200. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church is located at 468 Bradley Road.

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