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Lev Shomea: The Way of Council

  • Jerry Rinehardt 6070 Rain Dance Trail Littleton Roxborough Park, CO USA (map)

"Give your servant a hearing heart." - 1 Kings 3:9
Thursday, October 13th 6:30-8:30 pm

Matt Syrdal will be guiding a heart-centered Council for deepening into the mystery of your own life, and cultivating a hearing heart for the voice of your soul. Come experience authentic community rooted in heart-centered conversation.

"Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I have to listen to my life telling me who I am." - Parker Palmer.

We will continue to deepen into the threads of our stories and lives together and begin to explore some possible dreams and directions for our community. Pass this invitation on to someone you think would long for a community of heart-centered listening to our lives.


The heart is our center as human beings, it is the wellspring of all life (Pr 4:23). The human heart is part of a larger intelligence, a wisdom rooted deeply in our own nature and the wild natural world itself. According to Scripture, listening tothe heart and listening from the heart is the way of walking daily in divine wisdom. The Lord appeared to Solomon in the dreamworld at night and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon desired only one thing: lev shomea, a hearing heart.

How might the faith community find new expression, rooted in nature-based practices that deepen our collective life and call to serve the world more fully?

The Way of Council empowers us to gather together, speak from our hearts, and deeply witness each other, not only by making it safe enough to do so, but also by generating a space that enlivens us to reveal something from the depths of our hidden heart to ourselves as well as to others. In circle, we cultivate our capacities for empathy, compassion, and sensitivity to where we are, ever more aware of how we are with each other and in the world. There is an art to hearing a story as well as telling one. We will explore some skills we need to fully receive as well as honor one another’s stories. We don’t seek to project nor interpret but rather celebrate the gift of the story and the treasure hidden in the field of our deeper story together. We help the one who speaks discover those lost coins of great value, not only for their own lives but for the life of the kingdom of heaven.