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The Faces of Mary

An Online Retreat with Matthew Wright and The Contemplative Society

Saturday, April 20, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (Pacific Time)

The Contemplative Society invites you to join us for an online morning retreat with Matthew Wright on The Faces of Mary.  We will embark on a journey of contemplation and action inspired by Mary’s role (and our own) as Theotokos–God-bearer.

In this sacred space, we will delve into the profound significance of reclaiming the Marian icon for our own lives, ranging from her historical dimensions as a prophet of God’s fierce compassion, and, in her later years, a contemplative elder or “holy crone,” to her cosmic dimensions as Black Madonna and Womb of Creation.

In this time of ecological collapse, we recognize the urgency of bringing the Divine Mother back into our lives, understanding that her presence is essential for nurturing our devotional hearts and guiding us towards a path of reverence and stewardship for all of creation. 

Join us for this time of spiritual practice, teaching, and reflection as we draw on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, the mysticism of Thomas Merton, Holy Scripture, and the writings of early saints, discovering Mary as a face of the God-birthing dimension of our own souls.

Registration: Pay from the Heart – $20 – $50

The Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest and gifted retreat leader working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition within a wider interspiritual context.  A longtime student of Cynthia Bourgeault, he serves as a teacher for Wisdom Waypoints and The Contemplative Society.  Matthew is also a student within the Mevlevi Sufi tradition under the guidance of Shaikh Kabir and Camille Helminski. He lives with his wife and two cats in Woodstock, NY, where he serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church.

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