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Hope For Our World

January 12, 2024 @ 5:30 pm - January 14, 2024 @ 5:30 pm

“We are indeed all interconnected: your suffering is my suffering and your joy is my joy. We are responsible to one another, and to our planet. And the more we learn about opening to the vast, interwoven luminous field that shines throughout the cosmos, the more we can become a light. Our smallest actions can shine and reverberate and effect powerful change starting from within, tapping into a great cosmic heart, honoring our ultimate connection.”
—Joy Andrews Hayter, in The Cosmic Web: Hope for Our World Through Science and Spirituality

Everything in our universe is connected: the mystics throughout the ages have reflected this, and now physicists are beginning to clearly see this beautiful connection among all of us. Our world needs us to remember this at this time, when our planet with all its ecosystems and the very structure of our social systems are in a state of profound flux.

Come join us for a weekend of shared contemplative practices, including Centering Prayer, chanting, and sacred movement. When we come from a grounded place, when we remember the beauty of what we are and the divine indwelling at the heart of us all, we have so much more to offer. This brings us hope: that what we can offer to the world makes a difference. For example when we offer the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, kindness, forgiveness, self-control, and patience, the world is nourished by it. When we offer these fruits together, it’s even more powerful.

This will be a rejuvenating, hope-filled weekend at Mercy Center in Burlingame, supported by the old oaks and the prayer that has permeated these grounds for so long. We will have spacious free time to walk the grounds and the labyrinth, work in the art room, or just rest. Some periods of silence will be complemented by contemplative sharing and conversation.

This retreat is suitable for people at all levels of experience in contemplative practice. The registration fee includes purchase of Joy’s recently published book, The Cosmic Web: Hope for Our World Through Science and Spirituality.

Joy Andrews Hayter is a professor emerita, with a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Joy is also a long-time spiritual practitioner, first in Taoism and Buddhism, as well as re-embracing the Christian Wisdom tradition on a deeper contemplative level. She is a spiritual director, and teaches contemplative practices that help us become aware of God’s ever-present love. She regularly responds to questions about Centering Prayer and other practices in the Contemplative Outreach monthly e-bulletin. You can find more about her at joyfulfillment.com


January 12, 2024 @ 5:30 pm
January 14, 2024 @ 5:30 pm
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Cristina Esguerra


Mercy Center Burlingame
2300 Adeline Drive
Burlingame,CA94010United States
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