What do the great prophets — Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Ezekiel, and Jesus — have in common with us? asks Joan Chittister, a Benedictine sister, theologian, progressive Christian, and one of the Living Spiritual Teachers profiled on this website. And she answers: All of them were simple souls like you and me. All of them loved without limit, burned with an enduring patience, were afire with God, and proclaimed a new vision. All of them invite you and me to claim our prophetic dimension and speak God’s work in the midst of human chaos. Prophecy, Chittister insists, is not a luxury; it is an essential dimension of the religious life.
Joan Chittister, Benetvision, and Spirituality & Practice invite you to join us for an online retreat. From the comfort of your own home or office (wherever you get your email), you will have an opportunity to explore the prophets' call to fullness of life.
This course consists of 18 emails with readings from Joan Chittister's book The Cry of the Prophet, including:
• essays on each of the major prophets
• Scripture reflections
• quotations from women prophets
In addition to the text of the book, the retreat includes:
• audio messages from Joan Chittister on a central question for prophets
• additional messages from Joan Chittister
This online retreat is only $39.95. You may also want to buy the book in order to have a hard copy of some of the retreat materials. The Cry of the Prophet: A Call to Fullness of Life by Joan Chittister is available from Benetvision for only $7 per copy (with very generous discounts available for multiple copies.) Having this beautiful full-color 64-page book on hand will make it easier to reflect upon the prophets. Buy the book here.
"What this world needs most right now," says Joan Chittister, "is a new generation of prophets. The problem is that we have lost all respect for them. In fact, we may not even recognize them when we see them. Yet, it was precisely for times such as ours that God sent the prophets. It is surely time for this generation to rediscover them."
This retreat, originally offered for Lent 2009, is now available on-demand. Once you click on the "subscribe" button below, you will be taken through a sign-up process during which you can choose to pay the $39.95 fee by credit card or check. You'll be emailed a receipt with a link to your "account page" where you can choose when you'd like the retreat to begin and how frequently (daily, twice a week, three times a week, or weekly) you would like to receive it. For this retreat, we recommend the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule.
(4 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
(choose your own start date and frequency)