I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Congratulations to all those in Group 2 for completing the PraXis Wellness Challenge. Your race is run. PraXis has been a small dose of the askesis, the training of body, mind, and soul, which was once common for the Ancient Church. We’ve updated it, of course. But the spirit continues. And I hope that it was an opportunity for growth and communion for you all.
The community at Brookside Church where many of the little praxercises in Group 2 came from, has embraced my wife Jamie and me. It has been such a blessing to get to know some of the good folks there. I look forward to continuing to see you on alternate Sundays. My wife Jamie grew up in the UCC world. She likes Brookside, and it is a joy for me that she feels so comfortable there. And I will split my time between Brookside and my usual haunt for the Holy Ghost, Trinity Randolph.
PLEASE TAKE THE EXIT WELLNESS SURVEY IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY
This week’s final Zoom session will be the Tuesday evening, 6:30 pm time. Jamie and I will be in Los Angeles. We hope to Zoom with you from the beach at Playa Del Rey. Won’t that be fancy? Fingers crossed.
The theme for our final outing will be the New Creation. You can find the prayers and flow on the blog under week 1.
As with Group 1, additional resources are HERE to help support your own praxis if you wish to continue.
We will tentatively have a little graduation meal on Zoom and at Brookside on Dec. 8, at 6:30 pm. I hope we can see you there.
As for what is in the future for PraXis, we would love to “plant” a praxis at Brookside. I am looking at what might work in terms of continuing the program in a way that would enable us to hand it off to someone.
If we do this, look to Wed at 6:30 pm as an ongoing timeslot. But we will regroup in the new year and have more for you think.
It is appropriate to end this program at Thanksgiving and during the blessed Fast of the Nativity (I can hear your eyes rolling :). We are so grateful to all and primed for the coming of Advent. It makes my spirit sore.
Glory to God, in all forms.
Love to you all on this blessed season. Feast and be merry.
In Christ and friendship.
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