Sarah Knuth Weller of Write Around Portland and members of our Spiritual Life Committee facilitated discussions and small group activities around the themes of Welcome and Growth.
Together, we created and offered the following prayer in thinking about how we as L'Arche Portland want to welcome others:
"Creator God, may we always welcome others as we were welcomed. May we be disarming, open-hearted, empathetic, authentic, complimentary, present, safe, uninhibited, kind to people, tender, loving, happy, excited, understanding, gentle, humble, forgiving, prayerful, accepting, respectful followers of our hearts. Amen"
After lunch and quiet time to reflect, enjoy crafts together or simply take a walk around the beautiful retreat center campus, we reconvened to think about our growth as individuals and as a community.
In small groups led by a core member, we considered the following questions, drawing and writing on a puzzle piece:
1) In what ways have your grown since you joined L'Arche? What has this been like?
2) How have you seen others grow?
3) How have you seen our homes and our wider L'Arche community grow?
When all the pieces were rejoined together, we had a beautiful and thought-filled L'Arche ark reflecting our solidarity, community and uniqueness. Scroll down to see our gallery of images from this recharging day!