Sister Water and The Sultan

10feb7:30 PM9:00 PM7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Sister Water and The Sultan

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Event Details

February 10th, 17th, 24th, and March 3, 2022

Times: 7:30-9:00pm

This is a 4 week online course that will be conducted over Zoom, starting February 10th.

How do we live lovingly with each other – especially as we are divided by culture, nationality, religion and more? How do we live responsibly and lovingly with the natural world? Francis of Assisi lived by the words of the anonymous poem often attributed to him: “Lord make me an instrument of thy peace, where there is hatred let me sow love.” Francis was a medieval friar, deacon and preacher who is known, not only for his love of nature and the environment but also how he engaged deeply in the political and social issues of his day – including a powerful encounter with the Muslim Sultan of Egypt. Enjoy the awakening earth on this guided retreat with leader Len Desroches.

The rhythm of each session will be as follows: sharing/connecting; silence; presentation; group reflections, questions, discussion; closing silence.

Weekly Themes:

February 10 — FRANCIS OF ASSISI: a history of his life, including some of his quotes, plus an introduction to Clare of Assisi.

February 17 — LOVE OF EARTH: imagine Francis meeting the First Nations people of Turtle Island and sharing his Canticle of Creation.

February 24 — THE SULTAN – LOVE OF ENEMY: Francis risks his life, amid a horrific war between Christians and Muslims, to meet the designated enemy, Malik al Kamil, the sultan of Egypt.

March 3 — “PERFECT JOY”: exploring joy beyond happiness; review of quotes of Francis; list of books regarding Francis; celebration of our shared exploration; “Peace Prayer”.

Details and Registration:

Registration closes at 11pm on February 9th.


Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre

519-442-3212 1 Bethel Road Paris Ontario N3L 3E3 Canada

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