Being with the Divine in These Times of Uncertainty

A Series of Virtual Conversations with Spiritual Leaders

“in your light we see light continue your hesed [unending love]”
—Psalm 36: 9-10

Thank you for your interest in our Being with the Divine Series. Our next scheduled speaker will be announced soon. In the meantime, consider accessing the Zoom Recordings of these past sessions:

Pastor John Garland on January 14th, 2021 (90 minutes), speaking about how praying the Psalms can help heal trauma (details below).

“Two Going Deeper sessions with Pastor John Garland on January 21st and 28th (1 hour each) (details below).

Author and Ordained Minister Jan Richardson on November 19th, 2020 (90 minutes), speaking about the gift and power of blessings.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro on August 2nd, 2020 (90 minutes) on gift of Passage Meditation in times of stress and unprecedented change.

Recording of January 14th’s Session with Pastor John Garland now Available!

In a 90-minute interactive experience with us, Pastor John will share the profound impact singing and praying the Psalms has had on both the parishioners and the asylum-seekers they serve at the San Antonio Mennonite Church.

Through stories and an opportunity to experience the practice, Pastor John invites us to consider the Psalms as a blueprint for healing trauma and a pathway for transformation.

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To learn more about the healing work Pastor John Garland and the San Antonio Mennonite Church is doing, read this powerful article from

Go Deeper:

Join us for two 1-hour follow up experiences with Pastor John Garland on using the Psalms for healing trauma:
January 21st and 28th from 7pm to 8pm.
($80 for all three sessions)

About our Presenter

John Garland

John Garland leads a Healing Hospitality ministry for Asylum Seekers and he pastors the San Antonio Mennonite Church a mile south of the city center.

Each morning he leads Psalm-based prayers, works with those held in immigration prisons, and supports the community of asylum-seekers centered in the church.

He is currently doing doctoral work on communal trauma, spiritual resilience, and the Psalms. He is a fellow at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty. He is the National Association of Social Workers' Texas 2020 ``Public Citizen of the Year.``

Most recently he has traveled extensively in Central America, visiting rural churches on the border of Honduras and Guatemala that are living through violence, poverty, and governmental failures. Mennonites are pacifists. John pastors with an applied theology of Christianity as a trauma-transforming faith movement, he reads Scripture as divinely inspired through--and for--deeply traumatized communities, and understands hospitality, story, and prayer-centered community as the most powerful tools of healing.

John's wife is a high school principal a few blocks from their downtown home and he has two daughters in the elementary school down the street.

Before San Antonio, they taught school together outside of McAllen, on the Texas-Mexico border, where he also pastored a little Spanish-speaking church.

NOTE: Session will be recorded, so you don’t need to be present in order to enjoy Pastor John Garland’s wisdom.
(You’ll have 30 days to view the video.)

If you missed our first two speakers, Rabbi Rami Shapiro and Jan Richardson, you can still register for a link to the recording HERE.