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Coffee and Contemplation Register
Location: Begel Commons Area
Category: On-Going Series
Date: Tuesday April 16, 2024
Cost: $10.00
Minimum Deposit: $10.00


10:00 to 11:50 am

Coffee and Contemplation
with Cindy Wilpula

In person and via Zoom*

The Coffee and Contemplation series focuses on a variety of spiritual and holistic topics. The program provides participants with input from a presenter and includes time for reflection and discussion.

This month's topic:
The Beatitudes- Hearing Them for the First Time

ecause of our familiarity with the Beatitudes as heard each year in both the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke, we are open to the danger of listening with complacency and missing the context in which they were meant to be heard.

Our challenge then is to hear them for the first time to have the effect that the Gospel writers intended. Come with us as we travel through time to first century Palestine.
We will first join Matthew’s audience of Jewish converts to experience the full impact of Jesus’ teaching on the Beatitudes within the background of traditional Judaism (CE 80-90). 

Next, we will travel into Gentile territory to meet a Syrian from Antioch named Luke. Here we find that Luke is concerned with presenting Christianity as a legitimate form of worship within the Roman world. We will learn how Luke’s account of the Beatitudes reflects this intention.

There will be time for quiet reflection with some questions to consider and time for sharing insights.

*The Zoom link will be sent the day before the program to all who have registered and from whom we have received payment.

Please let us know in the comments field if you are choosing the virtual option.

The program will only be available to watch 10:00 am to 11:50 am on that day (eastern time).

Future Date:   
May 21, 2024      



If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so.  
You may:
• click the "Register" link located at the bottom of this page
• call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member of our friendly staff
• complete and mail a printable registration form along with your payment to:

     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155 

Refund Policy 

Additional Information:
There is an optional lunch offered for an additional $6.
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
March 2024
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