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Prayer in a Time of Pandemic

As our world faces anew the challenges of pandemic and grapples with racism and social unrest, perhaps you have found yourself wondering how to pray in this time. What good can prayer do, and what can we draw from in the Christian tradition to help us live out our faith?


This webinar series explored these questions at the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes during Summer 2020. Led by the Rev. Dr. Sarah Coakley, alongside guest speakers Fr. Martin Smith, Fr. Martin Laird, OSA, and Fr. Luigi Gioia, these were, and continue to be, timely and important conversations about faith and prayer in the midst of crisis.

Deepening Prayer

with Father Martin Smith

How Do I Begin Again When Prayer Seems Impossible? 

The Desert Fathers and Mothers

Rediscovering the Early Monastic Tradition and Its Surprising Application to Today's Crises

The Problem of Negative "Thoughts" in Prayer According to the Desert Tradition

with Fr. Martin Laird, OSA

Approaching Sickness through the Lens of Deepened Prayer

The Spirituality of the Rule of Benedict

with Fr. Luigi Gioia

Mutual "Listening" to God and the Building of Transformative Communities

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