The Episcopal Church supports creative liturgy and experimental worship, as long as it keeps to the teaching and polity of the Episcopal Church. We are excited to offer such an opportunity this Saturday, March 16, at 5pm in North Hall- YogaMass.
The Rev. Gena Davis, an ordained Episcopal priest and founder of YogaMass will lead us in the service. She is from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
As Gena states: “Yoga does not change or negate one’s religious beliefs; instead, the science and practice of yoga can be a bridge between the understanding of self and a path to the divine, which Jesus refers to as the kingdom of heaven. As Jesus said, come and see.” She further states, “My vision is to bring everyone to know the love and light of Christ, and to become that light through an integral approach on the mat of yoga, mediation, breath work, and Holy Communion.”
The service will include music led by Miriam Zernis who has been leading sacred music events since 2007 in NY, CT, Costa Rica, Canada and Europe.
People of all levels of yoga experience are welcome. Attendees are asked to bring a mat and water bottle. and loose clothing or yoga clothes are recommended. Chairs will be provided for those who prefer chair yoga.
This service embodies our mission “To embrace and live God’s commandment to love our neighbors – through worship, stewardship and service to others.” It is also an example of the church working across assumed boundaries as we are partnering with St. Andrew’s, Stamford and St. Luke’s, Darien in making this possible.
We are delighted that Gena will also preach at both the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM services on March 17 where she will reflect on her experience this week presenting YogaMass to the 63rd United Nations gathering of The Commission on the Status of Women in New York City.
By Sue McKnight
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