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Lenten Reading Group (online, weekly during Lent)

February 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

During this Lenten season and through the first week of Easter, Sister Elisabeth will lead a weekly reading group on Zoom based on Malcolm Guite’s work, The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter (Canterbury Press: 2014).  Guite is a poet, Anglican priest, and academic who presently serves on the faculty at Girton College, University of Cambridge. His poetry is noted for its theological and spiritual depth as well as its beauty. This particular work contains some of Guite’s poetry along with classic and contemporary works by numerous other poets.

The book is available at major online retailers.  From the publisher’s description:

“For every day from Shrove Tuesday to Easter Day, the bestselling poet Malcolm Guite chooses a favourite poem from across the Christian spiritual and English literary traditions and offers incisive seasonal reflections on it. Lent is a time to reorient ourselves, clarify our minds, slow down, recover from distraction and focus on the values of God’s kingdom. Poetry, with its power to awaken the mind, is an ideal companion for such a time.  This collection enables us to turn aside from everyday routine and experience moments of transfigured vision as we journey through the desert landscape of Lent and find refreshment along the way.  Following each poem with a helpful prose reflection, Malcolm Guite has selected from classical and contemporary poets, from Dante, John Donne and George Herbert to Seamus Heaney, Rowan Williams and Gillian Clarke, and his own acclaimed poetry.”


The reading group will gather weekly for an hour on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM Central Time, reflecting together on one or more of the poems from that week.

Date and time – Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM (Central Time) beginning on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 and concluding on April 6, 2021.

Cost – $15 for the series (registration form below), plus the cost of obtaining the book on your own

If you have questions, please email retreats@shmon.org.

Update on 2/21/2021 – Please contact us at the email address above before registering as we are nearing capacity for this reading group. We are grateful for your interest and hope to accommodate you but want to ensure that the group size remains appropriate for group discussion.  Thank you!

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February 23, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm