walking through the dark +  blessing the Lent we actually have

This Lent, we’re learning to walk through the dark and bless it all — the wonderful, the difficult, the heartbreaking. Wherever you find yourself this Lent, join BELOVED as we bless the Lent (and the lives) we actually have, in all their messiness.

We’ll be led by the prayers and reflections in Kate Bowler’s new book, The Lives We Actually Have, along with spiritual guides like Thomas Merton, Teresa of Avila, Barbara Brown Taylor, and more.

“Frankly, Lent is my favorite part of the church calendar because it is a time when the whole church is on the losing team. A time when we all get a minute to tell the truth: Life is so beautiful and life is so hard. For everyone.

—Kate Bowler

+ ordinary + tired + garbage + beautiful + limited + holy + lovely + overwhelming + grief-stricken + painful + fragile + imperfect + rejected + lonely + curious +

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

—Thomas Merton

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Special Events

Chapman University's 39th Annual Founders Day

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by the Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Saturday, March 11, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (PT)

Chapman University in Orange, CA

Stillpoint Lenten Retreat

Deepening in the Mystic Call for Personal and Social Transformation with Teresa of Avila​

Saturday, March 25th | 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM (PT)

Hosted virtually and recorded for later viewing

Holy Week 2023

Palm Sunday Morning Retreat

“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Sunday, April 2nd at 10:00 AM PT

We will gather in the BELOVED Sunday Zoom room for a mini-retreat experience including community connection, spiritual practice, exploring scripture and the writings of faith figures, communion, and more.

Maundy Thursday

“Do this in remembrance of me.”

Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM PT

Gather with us for a special Maundy Thursday service at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at 334 14th Street in Del Mar, on Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 PM.
Our Maundy Thursday experience will include communion, an optional foot washing ritual, and the stripping of the altar at the end of the service leading into Good Friday.

Easter Sunset

Celebrating the Hope of Easter

Saturday, April 8th at 6:30 PM PT in San Diego

We will gather on Saturday, April 8th, at 6:30 PM PT as the sun sets in San Diego and the sun rises on Easter morning in Jerusalem. Our in-person gathering will be at the home of Sharon Peterson, and you can also join in via Zoom for an interactive virtual experience.
Please click below to RSVP for our in-person Easter celebration!