Living a Life of Love
A 100 Day Journey Based on the 500 Year Old Spiritual Exercises
For LGBTQ+ Christians and Allies
In a world often characterized by exclusion, division and intolerance, how can ordinary people learn to live with the extraordinary love of Jesus? This question feels especially important for queer Christians and their friends and allies. Five hundred years ago, the founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola, wrestled with this very issue. In response, he created the Spiritual Exercises, a series of practices, prayers and readings designed to guide participants into transformative lives of love.
In their original form, the Exercises required a 30 day period of isolation with every day fully devoted to only to this journey, or a 9 month period in which participants spent part of each day in the Exercises. In a new abbreviated form, Chris Altrock will lead you through a 100 day experience of the Exercises.
Each day you’ll receive a brief devotional which includes a prayer, a text/ topic to ponder, and a short spiritual practice. Most participants will be able to complete this in 20-25 minutes/day. Once a week, for 60 minutes, you’ll gather with other participants on Zoom to reflect on the past week and how you experienced God’s love and/or how you expressed God’s love during that week.
These Exercises are made up of five sections (Ignatius called them “Weeks”):
We’ll spend days 1-20 experiencing how love matters, seeing ourselves, and all people, as beloved and God as one who loves. (Nov. 10-29, 2022)
The next twenty days, Days 21-40, focus on the truth that love stumbles, giving us the chance for an honest assessment of the ways in which our own love of God and love for others falters. (Nov. 30-Dec. 19, 2022)
In days 41-60 we will explore how love lives in the birth, life and ministry of Jesus. (Dec. 20, 2022-Jan. 6, 2023)
During days 61-80 we will experience the way love suffers as we follow Jesus during passion week to the cross. (Jan. 9-28, 2023)
And finally, in days 81-100 we rejoice in the ways love rises as we walk for twenty days by the side of the resurrected Jesus. (Jan. 29-Feb. 17, 2023)
Your daily devotional time begins Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 and runs through Friday, Feb. 17, 2023. Our Group Spiritual Direction sessions meet weekly on Monday nights at 8 PM EST Nov. 14, 2022 - Feb. 20, 2022 (with Nov. 28, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 off for holidays).
This is an ideal way space for reflecting on 2022 at year’s end and for launching 2023—all in a safe and supportive community rooted in the story of Jesus.
Please use the form below to register. Deadline is November 6, 2022.