It’s Spring: Time for Spiritual Renewal

In these last several weeks, nature has let us know that it is springtime once again. The bright colors of yellow, rose, white, purple, red in the flowers and trees have also caused a stir in our hearts, a realization that it is time for a refreshing of the spirit as well. Here at Scarritt Bennett we have several opportunities that can bring renewal and refreshment to our spiritual journey.

Franciscan Spirituality: Beyond the Birdbath, a daylong retreat will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 9:00-3:00. There is more to St. Francis than his love of creation. In this retreat his lifestyle, teachings and actions will be explored as a means of expanding our understanding of showing love to all our neighbors including those of other faiths. Cost is $50 including lunch and you may register HERE.

An Evening of Healing Sound, April 18 at 7:00 pm in Wightman Chapel. This musical experience will enhance our ability to realize that sound is sacred; sound creates; sound can sooth; and sound unites. Come to this evening of sound and music that will delight your senses and bring peace to your soul. Free and open to the public with $5 donation appreciated.

Earth Day Sunrise Sound Circle, Sunday, April 22, 5:45 – 6:30 am at the labyrinth here at the center. There will be quiet meditation, sounds of the creation waking up, recognition of the sacredness of all of God’s creation, and drumming to welcome the dawn. Free and open to the public

Improving the Elusive and Intangible Process of Reading Poetry, a workshop Saturday, April 28 from 9:30-noon at a cost of $30. Come to learn the best ways and skills needed to read poetry aloud to people for inspiration and entertainment. Both experienced poetry readers and novices can improve their reading skills through this workshop. Register HERE.

Sacred Sound: A Day of Exploration and Play, Saturday, May 5, 9:00-4:30 pm. Cost $100 including lunch. Experience a variety of sound modalities designed to enliven the Spirit, energize the body and reconnect us to a vital, natural instrument within. Register HERE.

Regular Events will also take place as listed below:
Vespers & All That Jazz, each Sunday 6:30-7:15 in Wightman Chapel
Tuesdays in the Chapel, each Tuesday, 12:30-1:00 in Wightman Chapel
Art Exhibit, “Doggone Good” April-June in Laskey gallery with reception on
May 15, 4:30-6:30
Poet’s Corner, the 4th Thursday of April, May and June

Renew, refresh, reenergize your spiritual journey this spring!

Joyce D. Sohl, Laywoman-in-Residence


Joyce D. Sohl has been Laywoman-in-Residence since 2009 as a full-time volunteer. She retired as CEO of United Methodist Women in 2004. She is the author of 4 books, a teacher, retreat leader, writer and non-professional musician. Here at the Center her work is in the area of Spirituality & the Arts with such programs as Tuesdays in the Chapel, Vespers & All That Jazz, Poet’s Corner, quarterly retreats, and art exhibits.