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Spiritual Life

The Rev. Lisa Senuta is the Canon for Spiritual Life and Clergy Care overseeing offerings at the diocese and forming Spiritual Community.

What is the Spiritual Life?

In the broadest sense to be spiritual is to choose to use the energy and gifts you have been given to nurture values, virtues, and intentions. Therefore, to be spiritual is to understand you need to grow. Spirituality can be any number of practices that foster growth into wholeness inside and out.

As Episcopalians we are spiritual and religious. Our Spiritual practices are grounded in the deep love of God in fellowship with Christ, and sustained in the Spirit.

 As the deer panteth for the watercourse, so my soul longeth for thee.

Psalm 42

The inner life and the outer life are both spiritual. I love how my teacher said it, “Lean back into God’s loving and life-giving heart, so you can lean forward in compassion and courage.”

Some proven spiritual practices that assist the faithful are: prayer, retreats, meditative practices, discernment groups, quiet days, spiritual directors, Bible study, liturgy for the purpose of God’s love to shine through us.  

Canon Lisa will assist Minsters, Convocations, Parishes and Clergy to develop trainings, retreats, or quiet days to join you in the work of spiritual formation.

Spiritual and Religious blog

This blog is all about living in our current context as Spiritual and Religious people living the way of love that Jesus exemplified. This periodic blog, authored by a variety of leaders within the diocese, will explore the journey of being spiritual and religious.

Visit the blog.

What is Spiritual Direction / Spiritual Guidance?

One-on-one prayerful conversation in which the guide/director actively listens to your life. This ancient practice of prayerful companionship helps to find the way through moments of impasse and learn from moments of ease. Everything is discernment, so the point of Spiritual Direction is searching prayerfully together for the next good thing God is inviting and giving to you. This companionship helps us toward surrendering to God’s gift of wholeness for your life.

If you are interested in finding a Director/Guide, reach out to the Canon for Spiritual Life and Clergy Care for a list of trained men and women in your area. 

A list of spiritual directors is available here. Need help picking the right one for you? Contact Canon Lisa, lsenuta@episcopal-ks.org.

Canon Lisa, what kinds of things might you offer?

I am happy to work with Vestries, Young Adults, Parish Leaders, Women, Youth, Staff, Care Givers etc. Together we can choose a theme and practices you might want to explore in community. Here is list of ideas and themes to assist your discernment.

Christian Spiritual Practices and teachings:

  • Contemplative Prayer theory and practices
    • Examen
    • Labyrinth
    • Walking Meditation
    • Viseo Divina
    • Lectio Divina
    • Prayer with Icons
    • Discernment Methods
    • Spiritual Autobiography
    • Group Spiritual Direction
  • Themes for Quiet Days and Retreats
    • Acceptance
    • Spiritual Friendship
    • Patience
    • Grief
    • Building Spiritual Community
    • Spiritual Gifts
    • Discernment
    • Using Brene Brown’s work on vulnerability and transformation
    • Saints Lives
    • Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent etc.

Upcoming Retreats

Lunch and Leadership, New Clergy Orientation
Thursday, March 10, 10 am – 2 pm
This is an extension of the Clergy Conversations. Clergy new to the diocese in the last couple of years should have received an e-mail invitation from the Canons. RSVP here.

Let Your Life Speak Lenten Retreat, St. Aidan’s, Olathe
Friday, March 11, 6:30-8 pm, with Lenten Dinner
Saturday, March 12, 9 am – 2 pm, with lunch
All are welcome to attend one or both days. Sign-up or get more information here.

Prayer for the Journey, for the Little Church on the Prairie Minster
Church of the Epiphany, Independence
Saturday, March 26, 2022
9:30 am – Coffee & Nibbles
10 am – 3 pm Retreat
Please RSVP to the church office (indepiscopal@sbcglobal.net) if you plan to attend so arrangements can be made for lunch

Grounded in God Clergy Retreat
March 28-30, beginning at 4:00 pm Monday – 10:00 am Wednesday, Upton Hall, Topeka
As clergy we lead others to the source of life. As “trees planted by a stream” this clergy retreat will nurture your own spiritual grounding in God. Expect large group learning, space for guided personal reflection and small group collegial conversation. Canon Lisa will use poetry, music and creative forms of prayer to assist your connection with God and community. The food will be delicious second only to the spiritual spaces for your roots to soak up healing waters of God’s love. The cost is $100 plus room accommodations and includes all meals and snacks. More information and RSVP here.  

Hosted by God Quiet Day for Clergy
Saturday, April 2, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, St. Andrew’s, Emporia
Prepare your heart for leading others in worship with a quiet day. The theme, Hosted by God, will guide the spacious time for personal reflection, prayerful silence, and sacred conversation with colleagues. $20 includes lunch. More information and RSVP here.

The Only Necessary Thing, Lay Parish Leaders Retreat
Saturday, April 9, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Upton Hall, Topeka
Parish Leaders need time away to nurture “the only necessary thing.” Canon Lisa Senuta will guide you in sustaining practices and encouraging conversation in spiritual community with other lay leaders across the diocese. $20 includes lunch. More information and RSVP here.

Grounded in God Clergy Retreat
May 4-6, beginning at 4:00 pm Wednesday – 10:00 am Friday, Upton Hall, Topeka
As clergy we lead others to the source of life. As “trees planted by a stream” this clergy retreat will nurture your own spiritual grounding in God. Expect large group learning, space for guided personal reflection and small group collegial conversation. Canon Lisa will use poetry, music and creative forms of prayer to assist your connection with God and community. The food will be delicious second only to the spiritual spaces for your roots to soak up healing waters of God’s love. The cost is $100 plus room accommodations and includes all meals and snacks. More information and RSVP here.

Vocationers Retreat
August 27-28, Upton Hall, Topeka

Nurturing the Heart of Leadership, Clergy Retreat
September 23-25, Spiritual Life Center, Wichita

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