Archived Contemplative
Retreats and Seminars

Contemplative special events at Saint James

In addition to our parish-wide day retreats, Saint James also offers contemplative events for the community. Below are just a few we’ve hosted in the recent past.

Wisdom Way of Knowing

With Marcella Kraybill-Greggo February, March and April of 2020

For a better relationship with yourself, your God and your community

These day retreats took place over three days: February 18, March 10 and April 21 via Zoom.

Lancaster County native, teacher and spiritual director Marcella Kraybill-Greggo was at the Urban Well for three gatherings on how to use the rhythm and tools of Cynthia Bourgeault’s The Wisdom Way of Knowing—an integral way of thinking that engages and harmonizes our three intelligence centers: heart, body and mind.

Together we explored ways to weave the different components of wisdom into our daily life and spiritual practice with a balance of centering, teaching, lectio divina and gentle body prayer. Each session had a unique focus. No required reading or prior experience was necessary, nor was one session a prerequisite for the next session.

A Quiet Advent Day with
Meister Eckhart

December 6, 2019, 10 AM – 4 PM
Led by Glenn Mitchell, Director of Oasis Ministries in Camp Hill and spiritual director Kimberlee Peifer
Saint James Episcopal Church and Oasis Ministries celebrated the life of Meister Eckhart, a late 13th to early 14th-century German theologian, philosopher, inspiring preacher and mystic.

The day was spent exploring the inspiring life and teachings of Eckhart with time set aside to consider his words in the context of our own lives. The day concluded with a mass including themes from Eckhart’s life and teaching.