Wednesdays Away, Spring 2019
February 6 – Candelmas: The Feast of Lights - Led by Rose Cohen Hassan
Our focus will be on the Presentation of the Lord in the temple.
Rose is the Priest-in-Charge of the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Mary in Hope and
Belvidere NJ. She holds a Masters of Divinity as well as a Masters of Sacred Theology in
Spiritual Direction from the General Theological Seminary in New York. She is also a Certified
Professional Coach with certification from The International Coach Federation.
March 6 – Ash Wednesday - Led by Dale Selover
We gather to receive ashes and reflect upon their meaning as we begin our Lenten journey.
Dale is the Director of Living in Grace Ministries, a spiritual direction and retreat ministry. For
thirty years she has been a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving
congregations in Budd Lake, Oldwick, and Kendall Park.
April 3 – Presence and Pain: The Challenge of Connecting with God in Times of Suffering - Led by Andrew Barton
Andrew has been a pastor for thirty nine years and most recently retired as Senior Pastor of First
Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square, NJ. He has also served as pastoral mentor and
spiritual guide to seminary students and clergy. In retirement Andrew continues to lead retreats
and offer spiritual direction at his home, Green Pastures, in Pennsylvania. Andrew completed
the Oasis programs Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides and Contemplative Living and is
currently co-leader of the Oasis Contemplative Leadership year-long program. He has also
completed the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation certificate programs, Leading
Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats led by Tilden Edwards, Gerald May and Rosemary
Doughtery; and Group Spiritual Direction led by Rosemary Doughtery.
May 1 – The Communion of Saints - Led by Laurie Matarazzo
The faith that is in us is the fruit not only of our own contemporary experience but also of
generations who have gone before us. On this day we will remember and celebrate through story
and song some of the saints whose faith and lives inspire and sustain us still.
Laurie is an Episcopal priest who is dedicated to the spiritual growth of persons and the planet,
with all of whom she is delighted to journey.
June 5 – Joy! - Again Led by Laurie Matarazzo
We will spend the day with the laughter and wisdom of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop
Desmond Tutu from their “The Book of Joy.”