Sacred Reading

Lectio Divina

Reading sacred text as a spiritual practice

For a very long time, reading the Bible and other sacred texts has been a powerful practice in many spiritual traditions. Lectio Divina (Latin for “Divine Reading”) is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation intended to promote communion with God. Some version of this practice has been used in all faith traditions.

Participants in this workshop will learn the discipline of sacred reading and then participate, as a group, in the practice using texts from different traditions. Join us for an evening of exploring the world of sacred reading.

Workshop Leader: Jerry Askew

Jerry earned his Ph.D at The Ohio State University and is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church. He currently serves as the President of the Alliance for Better Non-Profts and was formerly Vice President at Tennova Healthcare in Knoxville. Prior to joining Tennova, he served for several years as President and CEO of the East Tennessee Foundation, the largest community foundation in Tennessee.

Jerry has also served the University of Tennessee as Dean of Students, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs, and as adjunct faculty member in the College of Education and the University’s Honors Program. Prior to his service at the University of Tennessee, he served in administrative and faculty posts at the University of Miami and The Ohio State University.

Jerry is a spiritual director and retreat leader and has served on the boards of over 40 non-profit organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

Join us for this workshop for Sacred Reading

Date: 4 Tuesdays beginning April 3
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location:  Meaningful Life Center, 116 Carr St., Knoxville, TN 37919

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