This workshop will consider the nature of Psalms as poetry and will focus on them as a present practice, a way of prayer. Their history is both vast and specific, ordering human experience and informing the work and prayer of people in all manner of situations, from desperation to exaltation, from religious ritual to personal searching for life’s meaning. So we will come to these as a way of prayer, and to that end we will read, consider, and listen to them speak to us individually and collectively. This will involve introductions, readings, responses – and the possibility of dialogue at any point along the way.
Poetry, it may be said, is a way of capturing what there is no language for – often the things of the spirit. We will discuss the Psalms as poetry, noting the use of metaphor and the way that various voices enter the poems, from the narrator’s to God’s own. We will use the detailed workings of the poems to enter more deeply the moment which the poet is in; and by his art, his passion, his tangle with Heaven, be engaged ourselves.
Participants are invited to come to the workshop having thought of two or three Psalms that interest them. Please bring paper, pen/pencil, and a snack. This workshop will take place outdoors under a shelter, so please dress appropriately.
Location: Mt. Gilead Friends Retreat, 3363 N. Mt. Gilead Rd., 47408
To register, send a check for $25 payable to Mt. Gilead Friends Retreat to 3363 Mt. Gilead Rd., Bloomington, IN 4748. Please register in advance, as space is limited. Childcare is available upon request for an additional fee. For more information call 812-332-4074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.