Happy Easter! I hope you are finding signs of new life sprouting in your soul’s garden! I must say that the journey to this Easter has been a bit challenging for our St. Patrick’s community after undergoing a death of sorts to leave our own church behind. And yet, new seeds of beauty are coming to life in our St. Joseph community. I had the joy of collaborating with a wonderful artist and new friend at St. Joe’s (Eloisa Cardona) to proclaim the Genesis reading at Easter Vigil. Because I was so used to having a dozen or so St. Pat’s members dance this reading with me, I devised a surprise way to include them in our new St. Joe’s version of the story, which was such a delight!
Below I’m including three videos to share the Triduum journey of Good Friday (which I spent at Edmonds Lutheran Church), Easter Vigil, and Easter morning with my sweet little ones. You can catch a glimpse of any of them that are calling to you!
One of the results of my full schedule these past few months is that my hip is very cranky … so I need to rest up a bit to recoup! (Didn’t Jacob walk with a limp after his encounter with an angel?) In any case, if you are in Seattle, consider joining us for our Mary Magdalene evening in the spirit of Resurrection! Just no “Hippity Hopping” for me! Send some good prayers for gentle healing grace!
Embodying Easter! Praying with Mary Magdalene
Thursday, April 27th | 7-8:30 pm at St. Joseph Parish Center, Arrupe Room, Seattle, WA
Mary Magdalene is one of Jesus’ most beloved companions, who walked closely with him – in life, through death, and into resurrection. Through Visio Divina, come share an evening to witness her story (as beautifully filmed in Seattle), reflect on how she speaks to us today, and join in a guided movement meditation to imagine your own encounter with the Risen Christ.
Let Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles, guide us to the gift of embodying Easter!
Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry: Honoring Our History and Legacy
Closing Celebration June 2-3, 2023
We here in the Northwest are heart-broken that our School of Theology and Ministry which has educated and uplifted so many (including me!) in spiritual leadership, is closing its doors. I have been invited to be on the team to create an honoring ritual evening of stories and prayers on Friday, June 2nd.
If you are an alum or interested to partake, please reserve your spot here.
In Closing: Carnegie Adventures!
Well, dancing at Carnegie Hall was truly a highlight of my performing career! And here’s an amazing story … a few years after college, I had the opportunity to dance at Carnegie Recital Hall with the Greg Reynolds Dance Quintet. I got curious about the date of that show, so I went digging in my boxes … and I found the program for my first time at Carnegie … it was …
February 19th, 1983…
exactly 40 years TO THE DATE of my return to the big stage on
February 19th, 2023!!
I am truly amazed at how Spirit guides our lives and surprises us with gifts beyond our imagining. I am so grateful for this beauty! Also, since there are no official videos from Carnegie, here is a small collage of images to enjoy!
Love and blessings, dear friends. Keep dancing into Easter!
Betsey Beckman, MM