Center for Spiritual Deepening

Center for Spiritual Deepening


Join us at 7:30 for the second in the 4-part series on The Way of Wisdom. This evening's focus is on Jesus as a wisdom teacher.
A reminder that the series "Teilhard for our Time" takes this Wednesday (today) off and resumes next Wednesday for two more weeks. Join us then!
Join us at St. Aidan's at 7:30 this evening for Part 2 of Frank Frost's 4-part series on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and what it might mean to see our times through Teilhard's eyes.
the drum circle last night was fun! thanks so much for the hospitality!

Welcoming people wherever they might be on their spiritual journey to events, workshops, and practices to help deepen spirituality. The Center for Spiritual Deepening at St.

Aidan's provides support for spiritual growth by supporting and encouraging spiritual practice, by broadening our understanding of "spiritual" to include all aspects of our lives, by fostering conversation and reflection on the inner path, and by providing a gathering place for those seeking companions on the journey.

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Never Cease Adoring Part 1 HD HD 720p 01/31/2021

Never Cease Adoring Part 1 HD HD 720p

If you missed the first session of LJ Milone's series on Francis of Assisi, you can catch up with the video link here.

Join us on February 1 and 8 for Sessions 2 and 3!

Never Cease Adoring Part 1 HD HD 720p Part 1 of L. J. Milone's 3 part series Never Cease Adoring: Francis of Assisi on Living the Gospel. The first session covers the history/chronology of Franc...

Photos from St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA's post 10/31/2020

Photos from St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA's post

[06/08/20]   Join us Monday evening, June 8 for the second session of our series on Raimon Panikkar. It's OK if you missed the first week!


St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA

Our community is as strong as ever. These are the words we have been hearing from YOU this week in emails and in online conversations. We are a loving community. We gather together to support each other and remain grounded.

Though we are not able to meet in person for worship, we are finding that the desire to pray, celebrate, and support each other in community still brings us together as we gather daily for evening worship, on Sunday mornings for our main service, and on Tuesdays and Fridays for silent prayer and meditation. Evening worship is at 7 pm, Sunday morning at 9:30 am, and Tuesday and Friday we meet at 8 am. You can find links to our Zoom gatherings along with service sheets and some helpful instructions for using Zoom on our website:


Thomas Merton and the Contemplative Life Pt 3

If you missed Part 3 of LJ Milone's excellent class on Thomas Merton and the Contemplative Life, you can watch it here:

The third and final part of L. J. Milone's 3 part series, Awakening to Reality: Thomas Merton and the Contemplative Life, Center for Spiritual Deepening at S...


Thomas Merton on the Contemplative Life Pt. 2

We are very excited to share our first recorded Center event! Many thanks to LJ Milone for an excellent series on Thomas Merton, and to Russell Bradley for making this recording.

Part 2 of L.J. Milone's 3 part series, Awakening to Reality: Thomas Merton on the Contemplative Life; Center for Spiritual Deepening at St. Aidan's Episcopal...


A rich and glorious pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland, has reached its end, and 18 pilgrims carry out into the world the gifts of our experiences in this holy place. We have shared the blessings of deep connection with one another and with the divine that is in every thing. 12/15/2018

Labyrinths – an Advent Exercise

The outdoor labyrinth at St. Aidan's is open to all--during Advent, and always! “I know that the times that I have walked labyrinths, I found it to be a calming experience, one that allows me to just be empty in my mind and not having to concentrate on running into someb…


Center for Spiritual Deepening


An incredible pilgrimage to the heart of a Celtic Christianity, the island of Iona, Scotland. A thin and beautiful space.


Many thanks to Katy Gaughan Drumming for Wellness for a memorable drum circle last night!


So Grateful to have Diana Butler Bass in conversation with us about her new book!


All are welcome to this weekend’s retreat!


Enjoying thinking about intentional living with Richard Rumble.


Center for Spiritual Deepening News


Our hearts are full after a rich weekend spent with John Philip Newell. This gifted spiritual teacher gently and beautifully guided us in opening our eyes and hearts to the presence of God in all of creation. Through silence and chant, teaching and conversation, each soul was fed in its own way.


Fortunately for all of us, the longing for a new vision to emerge from the center of ancient religion is shared by a growing community, a community of those who believe we are being called to new understanding of who God is and who we might become in light of that new understanding. Fortunately too, this community is being called together by voices around the world mining ancient traditions for wisdom that has been waiting for this moment in history. One powerful voice in this movement belongs to writer, teacher, and spiritual leader John Philip Newell, who will be with us this weekend. John Philip has devoted much of his life to reminding the world of an earlier strain of Christianity that had almost been forgotten and which is desperately needed in our time. He has been reminding us for years of the sacredness of all creation, the sacredness of each one of us. His writings on Celtic Christianity have fueled a growing hope that by shifting the Christian focus from the fallen nature of humanity to the goodness created into all of us we might find our way into peace, respect for our neighbors, hope for the planet, and shared wisdom among religions.

John Philip's most recent book, The Rebirthing of God, will be the springboard for his time with us on Friday evening, the Saturday workshop, and his preaching on Sunday morning and evening.

If you entertain questions about meaning and what is possible, if you wish for connection to what is solid and ancient and at the same time new, then give yourself the gift of the weekend with John Philip Newell. You'll be glad you did.

[09/17/17]   Join us for our monthly potluck gathering after the Celtic service tonight!


Our first program offering at the Center:


Listening together for where the Center might be called to offer opportunities for community and deepening in its next program year. If you weren't able to be with us, we'd love to hear your ponderings about how the Center might support you in your spiritual journey.


Tonight at 7:30 pm - Music and Spirituality. Join us - beauty awaits you!


This Wednesday at 7:30 pm, join us in delving into the spirituality of recovery. We hope this program will be relevant whether or not you or a loved one struggle with addiction. The spirituality of the 12 Step program has much to offer us all.


Learn about and experience Lectio Divina, a way of praying through scripture, using "the ear of the heart." This Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Center for Spiritual Deepening at St. Aidan's. All are always welcome!


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We've had a last minute opening for the Icon Writing workshop that starts this Sunday afternoon and continues for 6 weeks. If you are interested in joining the small community trying this prayerful practice, let us know: [email protected].

[02/24/17]   Mysteries, Yes

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say
"Look!" and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.

~ Mary Oliver ~


Breathing in the poetry of Denise Levertov with Dana Green.

[02/20/17]   This Wednesday, Feb 22, at 7:30 pm we'll delve into the life and poetry of Denise Levertov. Join us as Dana Green leads us in thinking about this poet, prophet and pilgrim who combined a life-long commitment to a poetic vocation with engagement in the social justice issues of her day. All are welcome!


Tonight at 7:30 pm:

Iconography: Prayer in Images

Icons are known as "Windows on Heaven" because they depict the divine light and events from the lives of holy people, including Jesus and the Saints. In prayer, many experience the icon as a window in which we can sometimes experience the other gazing back. This gathering will offer instruction and and invite us to pray with icons. All are welcome.


The leadership team of the Center is on a led retreat, praying for discernment, vision and deepening.


Please join us in exploring Icons tonight at 7:30 pm.


Today's beautiful community art-making.


Tonight at 7 pm, creating our own light during Sanctuary Studio.

For our sanctuary studio gathering tonight at 7 pm, we will create collages with transparent materials on the outside of glass candles. Join us for a time of quiet and reflection on light and color, then take your creation home for your own prayer or meditation practice.

[12/08/16]   Last night Carey Gauzens from Pastoral Counseling of Virginia led us in a thoughtful discussion about healing from grief. On Sunday at 5:30 pm we'll offer a service with special focus on healing of body, mind and spirit through special prayers, music and candle-lighting. All are welcome.


On Wednesday night at 7:30 pm, Cheryl Sabo will lead us in using our bodies as part of our spirituality through simple movements and gentle music. All are welcome!




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