Though the practice of using beads in prayer goes back to the early Church, Protestants have only recently begun to embrace it. Why is this? How can beads be used to delve deeper into our prayer lives? And how can prayer beads be used to heal from spiritual pain? Join us as we explore the history and use of prayer beads, consider how beads can help contemplate the mysteries of our faith and seasons, and experience God's presence in pain and in joy.
Participants may bring a set of prayer beads to use during the workshop or plan to purchase a set on-site.
Kristen E. Vincent is the award-winning author of A Bead and Prayer: A Beginner's Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads; Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness; and co-author of Another Bead, Another Prayer: Devotions for Use with Protestant Prayer Beads. She speaks widely on spiritual formation and enjoys leading retreats. Kristen has a Master of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School, and is a graduate of the two-year Academy for Spiritual Formation (Academy #34).
Max O. Vincent is the author of A Joyful Lent: Reading Philippians in a Season of Self-Denial (Upper Room Books, 2018), and co-author of Another Bead, Another Prayer: Devotions for Use with Protestant Prayer Beads. He is pastor of Inman Park Church, a United Methodist Community in Atlanta, GA. Max holds Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Duke Divinity School.
Max and Kristen have a thirteen-year-old son, Matthew.
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