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Joy in Confession

Freedom in Forgiveness


One of the biggest blocks to spiritual growth and wholeness is when we can’t forgive some thing, or when we feel like we can’t be forgiven. Part of the problem lies in the way that we’ve often been taught that we need to “forgive and forget,” but that sentiment doesn’t really fit with the biblical understanding of forgiveness. So many of us are personally stuck, feeling the need for forgiveness, and that also extends to our systems that tend to fall prey to our false notions of separation. If we don’t transform our pain, we will transmit it.

In order to really feel freedom, we need to understand reconciliation— for ourselves, for others, and for the world we live in. This class will help us understand it through the lens of scripture, tradition, and spiritual practices. We'll look at really complex issues, such as sin and confession, all with the Hive’s trademark openness and joyful space.

This workshop experience is for anybody who wants to feel freedom – – freedom from holding onto past wounds, feeling stuck in shame, and wants to help heal the divisions in our world. You are welcome even if you’re not sure you’re ready to forgive yourself or someone else.

This six week series will also be really beneficial for anybody who might be leading a spiritual community, book club, spiritual direction group, etc. Please contact us at if you're interested in group rates.

Hillary brings her expertise in liturgical studies and pastoral care to this offering. Her original research that led to her first book “Joy in Confession" has been used throughout the Episcopal Church to help people learn about reconciliation – both as a spiritual and ritual concept. Since the publication of this book and program, Hillary’s research has continued, and will take this workshop even further for greater healing and spiritual depth.

This class met every Wednesday on Zoom during Lent 2023 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (ET) time. (Replays available on course page)

Each session includes a meditation on a concept within the work of reconciliation, time for conversation, and a spiritual practice to help you implement the concepts in this class. You also have a PDF booklet to serve as a journal and research guide.


"I benefited so much from the Joy of Confession course, that I am extremely excited to start the Cloud of Unknowing. With each course I take from The Hive, I find myself gaining insight and self-awareness that is invaluable to my spiritual life!"  -B. B.

Starts Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

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The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining

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Hillary currently serves as the first woman Rector of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Gladwyne, PA. She teaches both on The Hive as well as seminary classes and is a sought after retreat leader. As a writer, Raining has published in both academia and ecclesia. She is the author of Joy in Confession and co-author with Amy Dolan of Faith with a Twist. She holds a B.A. with honors in Religion and Psychology from Moravian College, a Masters of Divinity from Yale and the Institute of Sacred Music and is a graduate from Drew University with a Doctorate in Ministry. Raining is also a yoga teacher, bee keeper, and environmentalist.

To learn more about Hillary, visit her personal website here.

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