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St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church

330 Hinckley Ridge Road Blue Hill, ME 04614
Call us (203) 374-5200

Established in 1975 as a preaching station and shortly thereafter as a mission of the Diocese of Maine, it is today one of three established Episcopal churches on the Blue Hill Peninsula. St. Francis has an extensive membership of people who live locally in the summer and participate in church life remotely during the winter months. Join us at the   2014 Downeast Spiritual Life Conference July 11-12, 2014 Maine Maritime Academy Castine, Maine   "Rebirthing the Divine" with John Philip Newell:  The Spirit, the Earth and the Human Soul    This year's conference is headlined by one of the world's most prominent teachers of spirituality. Celtic scholar, peacemaker and poet John Philip Newell shares his vision for a re-invigorated Christianity that celebrates the sacredness of the earth and the oneness of the human soul. Profoundly influenced by his deep study of ancient Celtic spirituality, Newell promotes the re-birthing of a creation spirituality.   Connection to the natural world and deeply held spiritual traditions permeate the weekend's many and varied activities designed to appeal to mind, body and spirit.     Jenny Perruzzi leads a workshop on Zentangle®, a meditative art form created by a graphic designer and Zen monk that is a tool for personal and community spiritual practice. Conductor-composer George Emlen teaches us how to raise our spirits by singing together. Conservation guides lead hikers through Witherle Woods following the shoreline of lovely Penobscot Bay.  Wilderness chaplain Rev. Kate Braestrup returns by popular demand to share her experience of how grief can bring us closer to God and how creative handwork can enrich our spiritual practice.  Using meditation and sound, religion and philosophy, professor Dana Sawyer helps us reach the "ground of being" – an essential component of Tibetan Buddhism — that unites us with the “absolute,” about which so many theologians and philosophers speak.  Sally Clinton delves into the multi-dimensional nature of living as spiritual beings in physical form. Chris Farrow-Noble helps us construct and walk a labyrinth, an ancient part of Christian worship tradition with origins in the Celtic world. Rev. Betty Stookey leads an early morning guided meditation based on conscious breathing taught by The Buddha. In short, there is something for everyone.   The conference comes to a close with the music of legendary folk artist Gordon Bok, whose Maine coast songs are so closely identified with our inspirational natural surroundings. All events take place in beautiful coastal Castine with affordable accommodations at Maine Maritime Academy and an option to dine on-site.   Everything you need to join us at the 2014 Downeast Spiritual Life Conference is at   Learn about our speakers, register for events, and see how to participate in a variety of activities planned just for you.   We look forward to seeing you in July!  For more information or to register go to call 207.374.5200.   Contact Downeast Spiritual Life Conference c/o Spiritual Life & Learning Center  St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church [email protected] 207.374.5200   When Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12   Where Maine Maritime Academy 54 Pleasant Street Castine, ME 04420                                                          

330 Hinckley Ridge Road Blue Hill, ME 04614

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