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Spirituality

At Pilgrim Place there is another spirit at work. All of us some of the time, and some of us a lot of the time, treasure the opportunities retirement affords for smelling too long neglected roses, reading too long put off books, sometimes saying a gentle “no” to involvement in still another worthy cause—and focusing on the discipline of being still.

And behind it all—our talking, singing, laughing, praying, and moments of quiet—is a passion rooted in our Christian faith for cultivating both the mind and inner spirit, and...

  1. Caring for each other
  2. Peace and justice in a broken world
  3. Healing the threatened earth, sky and waters
  4. Seeking in every way to be faithful to our Lord                             

– Stan R. Moore

Ecumenical Eucharistic Circle
The Ecumenical Eucharistic Circle gathers every Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m. in the Napier Common Room. Opporunity for silent prayer at 11:15 a.m.  An open invitation is extended to the Pilgrim Place Community to celebrate Holy Communion.

Vespers
Every Thursday evening, residents gather for a Vespers service conducted by members of the Pilgrim Place community—featuring an inspirational message, hymn singing and music.

Sunday Worship Service
For residents at the Pilgrim Place Health Services Center and others who may not be able to participate in services at their own churches, a worship service is conducted each Sunday—led by resident pastors, musicians and soloists.

Scripture & Silence
“The more I am asked to speak in public, the more I need to listen in silence to remain true to what I say,” notes Spiritual Guide Henri Nouwen. A few residents gather each week to listen together—hearing one lectionary passage read three times, listening inwardly for 20 minutes, and speaking briefly on how this text speaks to their lives.

Silent Prayer Vigil
Twice weekly residents gather around the flags of the United States and United Nations to offer prayers for those who have died in the Iraq War—and pray for the safe return of soldiers who remain.

Doing Theology
Twice monthly a group of residents meet to hear and discuss papers written by members on “doing theology”—reflections of how life experience has been shaped by beliefs and how, in turn, it has shaped and reshaped beliefs. Several of these reflections have been published in a book, “Doing Theology at Pilgrim Place”—an important resource for others, a “light to the path” as it were to gain insight into life choices, moral decisions and similar crises in faith as those whose statements appear in the book.