Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: No
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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Prayers are a part of our lives—asking, listening, and uniting with the Trinity. But while praying may appear to be a natural or instinctive practice, we can learn much from the examples of prayers found in the Scriptures.
The prayers of Biblical figures such as Judith, Tobit, Susanna, Paul, and many others can be studied to give us a framework for our conversations with God. Our prayers may even change or deepen as we examine how these godly figures poured out their hearts.
The requirements for “Prayers and Scriptures” are simple. All you need are your mind, your spirit, and a Bible. Live Sessions will be two Fridays on the first and the second week.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructors
Dr. Asayo Okumura Thomas is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ of the Metropolitan Association, New York Conference.
She was born and raised in Japan, breathing in the grace and embraced by the love through her mother’s bodhisattva sutra chanting. Her doctoral research project at the New York Theological Seminary was “The Sea of Silence: Ceaseless Renewal of the Mind and Heart in Unification of the Trinity through Mindful Meditation.”
Currently, she serves at the Community Church of the Pelhams as an assistant pastor for spiritual development. Her spiritual gift is to invite people to open their hearts gently and naturally to be reunited with the love of God through a mindful meditation with biblical verses in Lectio Divina or the ancient Mystic method. She loves to be in nature, like floating on the ocean wave, walking in the forest communicating with trees, and contemplating in birds singing or simply silence.