Greetings! I hope to share my spiritual path through this website and blog. I worked as a Social Worker for over 29 years in a Public Welfare agency (MSW – 1979). Upon my retirement I was called to the ministry and attended seminary and earned an MDiv (2011). One of the greatest gifts was my ordination as an Elder in the United Methodist Church.
I have been a practitioner of many forms of prayer for most of my adult life which led me to study with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (Washington DC) and complete the Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups (2007) and Retreats Program and Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program (2018).
During the days of the pandemic I have been gifted by two communities of faith; one is a Centering Prayer group which meets weekly via zoom and the other is a Jewish weekly Shabbat and Mindfulness gathering also via zoom. Each of these are gatherings of the Spirit and like ‘Home’ for me. This is a time to look inward, to experience your Soul and from these gifts of the Spirit be in Life as a Child of God, a Child of the Creation, a child of Love.
I am available to provide Spiritual Direction/Companion/Guide. I am available to create and facilitate workshops on the many beautiful forms of prayer (Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, imagery, icons, etc.) and spiritual growth and wellness. I come from a Christian tradition but am aware that God and God’s many names have visited me and lovingly altered my understanding and presence of God. One religion is too small to experience the Spirit of Creation, of Goodness and Love. And so I have become more universal in my practices and welcome all traditions. We are one family with God.
I am married to Alessandra Cortese de Bosis, a translator/interpreter (Italian and English). I have been wondrously gifted with three daughters (now adults) and when Alessandra and I married I was not only beautifully gifted with sharing in her life but also the life of her son (now adult). Since my retirement I have taken up baking and pottery as hobbies. I facilitate a monthly Centering Prayer group in a local prison and am available to fill in for preaching for my colleagues who need a break! I enjoy the outdoors and feel blessed to be living in the countryside outside of Culpeper, Va.
Grace and Peace, Bruce
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