"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” ~ Rilke
Liminal Grace Services
Setting aside time to leave the demands of daily life in order to refocus on a particular topic of interest or need can be both powerful and rewarding. Liminal Grace offers half, full, and multi-day retreats centered around three possible themes:
- creating space for listening and reflection;
- engaging and exploring issues and questions arising at this moment in your life;
- increasing your resiliency in times of transition, discernment, and uncertainty.
Retreats can be customized to the needs and desires of your group in terms of topic, location, and style. Contact Cate for more information and to discuss possibilities.
Within human history, there is a long tradition people seeking and encountering the divine in a time of wandering transition. When we are beyond the bounds of regular routines and familiar landscapes, we may find ourselves more desirous of a sense that we are not alone. Some moments in life, especially related to the liminal space of loss, seem to ask for a holy space to help contain the experience and provide meaning.
Liminal Grace creates worship experiences designed to offer the type of space people need to find that connection and feel a sense of solace and comfort. This can be done either within or beyond a traditional worship space, relating to almost any need. Contact Cate to explore how a space could be created to care for your soul.
Preaching and Speaking
Experiences of liminality are universal, existing in both the secular and the sacred, and worthy of attention in both realms. With her dual training as a United Methodist minister and as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Cate is equipped to engage either a congregation or community/interest-based groups.
Sermon topics tend to depend on where a congregation is on a particular Sunday, reflective of the larger sermon series, lectionary, special issue Sunday, or current community context. A few examples include:
- We Are Malala (1 John 4:7-13; 18-21) as a part of a sermon series on Nobel Prize Laureates;
- Equators and Imagination (Isaiah 43:16-21 and Matthew 14:13-21) for a community discussing transition and long range planning;
- Rulers and Magnets (Luke 18:18-27) on identity and faith for Peace with Justice Sunday.
Recent speaking topics have included: Navigating Friendships and Conflict, Creating Space for Self, Emotional Resiliency, Balancing Care of Others with Care of Self, and Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood.
Some seasons in life are spent in flux, either for reasons we know or reasons that are a mystery. One day, we wake up and have a sense that something is shifting, that the landscape of our life is no longer quite what it was the day before. We are no longer exactly where or who we used to be, but we are not grounded firmly in the next place or evolution of self. We are in a liminal space.
Whether or not we understand the causes of this transition, we might feel any number of things - excited, curious, anxious, uncertain, ambitious, or angry, among others. Having someone walk alongside in this liminal space to ask the right questions, offer reflections, and help you hold space for what is evolving can be what transforms an anxious time into a bravely creative one.
Sometimes we need someone to spend time with us one-on-one for the particular attention and care it offers. Liminal Grace will work with an individual to name and characterize the transition they are experiencing, craft strategies to evoke creativity and discernment, and offer support. This work is done in 60-90 minute sessions, and typically would last for four to twelve sessions, with varying amounts of time in between each.
Established groups of people, such as families, congregations, and long-time working groups, can experience liminal spaces just like individuals can. Since multiple people in the group are each having their own encounter with being in transition, it can be confusing and emotionally complicated to figure out how to move through such a time. Liminal Grace can facilitate conversations designed to evoke honest communication in a confidential setting with the goal of discovering the needs of the group and moving towards meeting them. This may be a one time conversation, or multiple times over the course of a year, depending on the group and nature of the transition.
Cate’s standard rate is $75/hour. Please contact Cate to discuss special rates for retreats and preaching.