Listening to God’s Language of Love



A Prayer Retreat Sponsored by Countryside Community Church, St. Benedict Retreat Center, and Tri-Faith Initiative

Sunday, March 21
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM CDT
Zoom (Registration required)

When we rest in God’s unconditional love, we begin to trust; trust we are the beloved of God. From love and trust, renewal and hope expand in our lives. We can co-create a life of trusting openness and love.

Join us on Sunday afternoon, March 21, as we discover ways to hear God’s voice through movement, visual arts, and the sacred word. Together we will explore listening to God in Body Prayer, Praying with Expressive Arts, and Praying with Sacred Word.

Presenters (in order of appearance)

Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi holds a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH) and serves as Imam at the American Muslim Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. Imam Jamal specializes in Quranic interpretation “Tafsir”, Hadith, counseling, and interfaith dialogue. He also holds several prestigious awards including the Martin Luther King’s Living the Dream Award, “Advocate for Peace.”

Sharon Royers is a retired elementary school principal, author, and advocate for the brain injury community. Rita Otis is her Tai Chi Chih instructor and mentor and has been an important part of Sharon’s healing journey. Sharon’s book, Out of the Rabbit Hole: How a Concussion Changed My Life: A Story of Hope, continues to be a vital source of inspiration and hope for survivors and their families.

Dr. Hillary Rubesin is an expressive arts therapist and a licensed clinical mental health counselor. She is currently the clinical director at the Art Therapy Institute, and an adjunct professor at Lesley University in the Expressive Therapies division. Hillary recently moved to Omaha and is a member of Temple Israel.

Father Thomas Leitner, Order of St. Benedict (OSB), holds a Master of Religious Studies from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, Father Thomas is a retreat leader, a spiritual director and serves as administrator of St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska.

Brother James Dowd serves as Prior of The Benedictine Way in Omaha, Nebraska, is passionate about exploring the intersection of the quest for Christian social justice and the contemplative life. Before serving in Nebraska, Brother James served at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York and at Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Co-hosts: Wendy Goldberg, Tri Faith Initiative and Trisha Hoffman-Ahrens, Countryside Community Church and Member of the Tri-Faith Initiative Board of Directors


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