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Praying the Psalms

Exploring the relationship between God and humans


The Book of Psalms contains 150 ancient prayers, songs, laments, and poems that can help us learn about the relationship between God and humans--the key word being “relationship.” Throughout the Bible, we see the story of God who wants to know, walk with, and love us. We humans can forget, disbelieve, or even reject that reality. But to truly be in relationship with anyone (let alone God) we need to to bring our whole selves honestly to the union so we can grow together no matter the circumstances. The Psalms were written as a guide for praying and staying in relationship with this God of hope and love. By giving pride of place to our emotions, this wisdom shepherds us through valleys and mountains of our life. This class will be one part study and one part prayer as we learn how to pray with the Psalms.

Starts September 24th, 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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