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Receiving as Spiritual Practice

  • Center for Discernment & Action 666 Dorchester Ave South Boston, MA, 02127 United States (map)

Thomas Aquinas’s principle, recipitur ad modum recipientis, says that the quality of the receiver determines the nature of the reception. Whether seeking a connection with the sacred, self, or others, we are called to receive and be received with love and compassion.

This time apart during the summer will offer you the opportunity to reflect on what some of the spiritual traditions have to say about spiritual practice, receiving others, and discerning healthy boundaries around giving when we encounter the suffering of others.

The evening will start with a communal meal, have a group contemplative time, reflect individually, and share our wisdom with each other.

Still Harbor's own Colleen Sharka will facilitate this summer evening offering.

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Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, a licensed psychotherapist and trained spiritual director, serves as our Director of Spiritual Formation & Accompaniment. She facilitates classes, workshops, and retreats and provides accompaniment through individual and group spiritual direction.  Her private psychotherapy practice focuses on the spiritual life as central in meeting the desired goals and changes that bring people to therapy. In her previous position as Assistant Director of  Trinity Boston Counseling Center, Trinity Church in Copley Square, she developed and co-facilitated psycho-spiritual integration training for  masters-level mental health interns, as well as programs to address secondary trauma and self-care. Colleen previously served on the advisory committee of the Center for Psychotherapy and Spirituality at the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology.

Earlier Event: May 22
Spiritual Directors Group
Later Event: July 23
Praxis Community Night