Looking for a few fabulous folks

Growing a nonprofit is a bit like raising a child. It’s a difficult job to do on your own. You need a host of others to join you in the process of nurturing, shaping, supporting and growing the little human being entrusted into your care. Our young nonprofit, Inner Ground, is growing steadily with the help of some wonderful folks. We’re still in our infancy, but we’re incredibly passionate about our mission and the work we’re called to do. Just …

Rachel

This week we’re grateful to share the voices of some of our supporters. Today, hear from Rachel Hutto. Rachel is a counselor at Be Still Counseling where she specializes in somatic therapy. We invite you to join Rachel in supporting Inner Ground this #GivingTuesday.

Mothering Retreat: Life-Womb

Last February, Inner Ground offered a weekend retreat for women immersed in the sacred work of mothering. We had such a wonderful, nourishing time together. The response was so positive that we decided to offer another retreat this winter. It won’t look exactly the same as last year – the theme is different, we’ve partnered with different leaders, and we’re extending the invitation to all women this time, whether or not you have birthed and nurtured children in your home. …

Praying with Frankie

For more than two years now, the rhythm of my week has included a small group gathering for Centering Prayer. It started simply as a 6-week offering to both learn and practice this contemplative way of praying. We gathered each Wednesday morning at 9:00, stilling our bodies and minds and opening our hearts to the presence of the Beloved. At the end of the six weeks, that small group of women expressed a desire to continue gathering each week. So …

ARTSpressions

It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God. – Mary Daly A new program offering is taking shape at Inner Ground. Something we’re calling ARTSpressions. I like to describe it as a messy, greening, vibrant, playful, soul-nourishing feast. We select a theme – our first one was incarnation – and then we gather a group of folks around the table and invite conversation and creative expression on that theme. We did a little …

Silence, Space and Prayer Shawls

“Our inner lives are lives for others.” – Henri Nouwen Silence, space and prayer shawls – the gifts from a weekend retreat at Pelican House at Trinity Center. How fitting that pelicans are associated with going inward and practicing stillness. On this sacred beachfront property, even the house speaks its welcome and invitation to a time of deep reflection and renewal. Our gathering of women came from scattered directions in NC. We arrived at Pelican House, some friends, some strangers, …

Healing Rhythms

There are a myriad of things that can throw us into a season of grief – the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a frightening medical diagnosis, a wounded relationship, relocation to a new community, the loss of a pet, and transitions of all shapes and sizes. For about a year now, Inner Ground has created space for folks to tend the grief they are carrying. Through our Healing Rhythms program, we tap into the ancient …

The Magic of Beginnings

And suddenly you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. – Meister Eckhart

Anticipation

I spend some time each month with my spiritual midwife, Marjorie. I could write for days about the gifts that I’ve received from my time with her. As we sat together last week, she voiced a prayer of blessing over my life. The words that she chose captured the essence of the Advent waiting-days we are in right now. They were all familiar words that I’ve grown accustomed to both hearing and speaking during this season. But when I heard …

Gratitude

I’m currently working my way through the Psalms, reading one a day in a quasi-Lectio Divina style. I’m using The Message by Eugene Peterson since the stark contrast to the familiar poetry I grew up hearing stirs my imagination. As I read a psalm, I listen for a short phrase or word that resonates with me and jot it down in my journal. Then I spend a few minutes reflecting on it.  Today I read Psalm 79 and this phrase …