Think prayer is kneeling with a bowed head? Certainly it is but drawing, beading, and making collages can also be ways to pray. As Catherine of Siena taught, everything we do can be a prayer, and this e-course introduces ways of refreshing — or renewing — your prayer life by exploring creative spiritual practices from around the world.

By viewing prayer practice more expansively, our spiritual lives can be enriched. Cross-culturally, prayer is seen as a way of setting a sacred intention, and through this e-course, you will experience how this is done in different places. This program looks at practices common to many religions, as well as some that are more distinctive to the faith traditions from which they originate.

Lessons delivered via email explore 12 different creative prayer forms, delving into their history, practice, and ways to incorporate them into your spiritual life. Among the practices are altars, despachos, God boxes, mandalas, prayer flags, and treasure maps, giving you a wide spectrum of possibilities to explore.

This e-course was created by Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, author of several interfaith/interspiritual books, including Prayers for Healing and Prayers for Hope and Comfort, as well as the guidebook The Way We Pray, on which this e-course is based. Her latest book, Crafting for Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation, will be published by Viva Editions in spring 2012. She currently serves as the Spiritual Director of Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco.

We invite you to embark upon this unique journey through prayer practices from around the world. No prior creative experience is required. All you need is a heart that loves beauty and longs to visually express its devotion to the Divine.

(4 CEHs for Chaplains available.}

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$49.95

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