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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