Treasure in Clay Jars

Treasure in Clay Jars

by Elizabeth Ostrander Sutton

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Treasure in Clay Jars by Elizabeth Ostrander Sutton

Before I came to Pendle Hill, living life was too much work. I was stale. I wanted to change how I was experiencing life but contemplating change meant facing uncertainty and that frightened me. A strong need surfaced to go to Pendle Hill as a resident student. A critical encounter occurred the first week of classes. I voiced my fears of beginning a prayer life to the prayer class teacher. This encounter exposed my fears. I couldn't deny them her push them aside. I had to acknowledge them. Suddenly I became involved with what was happening inside of me. I thought I was stale inside, but I was alive. I realized I had it all within me. The kindling was always there on a warm bed of coals. My choice to trust Pendle Hill's faith community was the catalyst allowing me to go within and let God ignite a spiritual fire.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158728549
Publisher: Pendle Hill Publications
Publication date: 06/28/2017
Series: Pendle Hill Pamphlets , #346
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 308 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth (Lisa) Ostrander Sutton, longtime Quaker, was a full-time participant in Pendle Hill’s resident program in 1996-98. She was a sojourning member of the Pendle Hill meeting for worship during that time. Her courses stimulated the experiences that are fully described in this pamphlet.

The prayer class taught her “centering prayer”—one method for focusing one’s intentional time with God. Other spiritual practices were reading a devotional book, God Calling, Walking and writing. These practices enriched the regular attendance at meeting for worship. Out of these practices, she kept a spiritual journal as a daily record of the spiritual awakening she began to experience. The journal is filled with first-time responses to reading the Gospels and letters of Paul. Passages of scripture haunted her and she wrote to know why. She also worked in the arts studio, resuming an interest in clay and creativity. Consuming experiences with the clay sent her to the journal as well. Writing and being with the clay gave her practice with the faith process. Writing became a powerful form of prayer as was being with the clay, creating sacred ground. This pamphlet is the gift of her prayer.

After leaving Pendle Hill, Lisa strives to sustain the practices that nurture faith in her work as a teacher of students who learn differently. She is convinced that conscious spiritual practices are integral to a life lived sacramentally and faithfully and that a life centered in God is accessible to anyone, anywhere.

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