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Navigation Science, Resilience, and Spirituality Jun 11, 2024

Register here to join Kim Working for Navigation Science, Resilience, and Spirituality: A Poolside Conversation.  

Physicist, spiritual director, and WTC co-founder Kim Working invites us to discover the intersection of science and spirituality. Taking the experience of being...

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Maria and the Pondering Prayer meditation prayer spaciousness spiritual formation spiritual practice Jun 11, 2024

Maria Savage, who is graduating in August from our SD program, is a spiritual seeker whose path began in childhood at her Southern Baptist church in rural Mississippi. “I was there three times a week, witnessed on Saturdays, and played the piano on Sundays,” she says. “In...

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New Wisdom Tree Collective Offering Invites Adults to Engage with Children's Books children's books May 22, 2024

When browsing bookshelves, do you ever catch sight of a beloved children’s book and feel that lift of the heart, along with a deep surge of memory? Me too. All the time. Those children’s books—the pictures, the cadences, the feel of them in my hands—are portals to...

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Go Ahead and Look in the Mirror: The Divine Sees Your Beauty body image inner beauty mirrors outer beauty May 20, 2024

Sometimes we ignore the body when talking about the soul. Maybe it’s because a lot of us don’t like what see in the mirror—regardless of one's gender—even if we’re okay with what’s inside. Shoring up one’s self-image is surely spiritual work. I believe...

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You Are Not Alone loneliness psalms May 12, 2024

I cried myself through church recently. Actually I cried myself through the sermon as I was so unsettled I couldn’t sit still another minute and so lit out before communion. The reasons I was crying don’t matter, really, and I’m not even sure I can put them into words....

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Portals to Presence Apr 26, 2024

Portals to Presence are everywhere. We don’t always need a burning bush; sometimes burning toast will do. Anything that gets our attention and makes us stop and receive the radical isness of the moment. Anything that breaks through our ordinary perception and causes us to stop and turn...

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Wisdom Tree Collective Spotlight: Meet Dr. Robbie Pinter centering prayer robbie pinter spiritual direction spiritual formation wonder Apr 05, 2024

Many of you know Robbie Pinter, but it’s likely that few at Wisdom Tree Collective know the extent of her service and experience.

Recently retired after teaching English at Belmont University for forty years, Robbie has certainly a earned  few years on the porch, admiring her...

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Regarding Resilience lent resilience spiritual formation Mar 27, 2024

A friend recently remarked on my “buoyant spirit.” It’s true: I can feel all kinds of dread, sadness, regret, guilt, grief, anger, fear, and agony, and then, right in the midst of it, I can bounce back to emotional equilibrium. I can’t help it. Wind in the branches, a...

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Ringing True Feb 28, 2024

Into a chilly February day suddenly blew a sleet storm that set my wind chimes ringing wildly. I love it when this happens, for as I hear those bells cut loose in the wind, my whole self settles into a kind of wholeness that I can’t really describe.

I started this bell collection at...

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Ash Wednesday at the YMCA annika gordon ash wednesday lent Feb 14, 2024

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and marks the beginning of forty days of reflection, prayer, and penance leading up to Easter. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday invites us to consider the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as acknowledge our own mortality.

“I...

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On Centering Prayer: The Art of Returning Feb 09, 2024

I’ve been dabbling with Centering Prayer for several years now, coming full circle after a disastrous first try when I headed up the mountain to a nearby spiritual center for an introductory three-day retreat, only to find most of the participants were seasoned sitters. They also got a memo...

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Wisdom Tree Collective Spotlight: Meet Instructor & Mentor Bill Campbell Jan 17, 2024

My love of nature began when my mother kicked my brothers and me out of the house so she could get some peace and quiet. From exploring the field and woods just beyond our backyard, to hiking trails across the United States and Europe as a Boy Scout, a campus minister leading students, and as a...

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