In her book “In This Flesh” Cole Arthur Riley wrestles with spirituality as it is now, especially for a black woman. She points out that for her there is no ivory tower to retreat to for intellectualizing her faith. “For me, most simply, contemplative spirituality is a fidelity to beholding the divine in all things.” x

It’s a place to be contemplative and still, yet active, to hold things in tension; to play with doubt and curiosity; to understand that answers are not easy. It is a place to explore faith as a lived in experience, to feel it in your flesh, breath and bones. Thus, it is written as “This a book of contemplative storytelling” xi.

Thus the worship will be contemplative. We will be giving space to breathe. We will be guiding you through stretches or relaxation. We will be encouraging you to feel things more fully. We will be hopefully walking together in our humanity, as beloved children of God.

Because, this here flesh, is imperfect, but it is ours and beloved by God.

Come, journey with us.

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Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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