Powerful Love:

Healing Miracles of Jesus

Episode Four: Focus!

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NEW Six Part Series for Lent 2023

We are pleased to present a program of contemplation and discussion on what the Gospels have to say about love, healing and miracles. Each Wednesday evening in Lent 2023, beginning March 1 and running for six weeks, we will take a look with you at a particular miraculous healing story. During a pre-recorded video, we’ll ask three focusing questions. For those participating live in Zoom, we stop the video as we consider these questions as a group. For those watching the pre-recorded video later (available at this website on the following Saturday), feel free to stop the video, contemplate the question and enter a comment or two. The session ends with a 4 minute or so exercise in Visio Divina, as we look deeply into a piece of art that is related to the miracle discussed. (An audio-only portion of the program is available for those on the go, who need an audio-only format.)

THREE Options (All are free of charge):


ONE: Zoom Sessions

MEET WITH US on Zoom. View and discuss pre-recorded videos with Lauren and Jon each Wednesday at 7pm from March 1 through April 5. One sign-up gets you into any and all sessions. Registration required to participate.

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TWO: View Recorded Episodes

WATCH AT YOUR CONVENIENCE. Pre-recorded videos are published one or two days after the Zoom session right here on this website. We would love to hear your thoughts. Subscribe below to receive notifications of new releases.

THREE: Listen to Audio Podcast

ON THE GO? Listen to the audio-only version on the episode page on this website or on  your favorite podcast platform.

Lauren & Jon are available to lead retreats and for individual spiritual direction.  Email us HERE with your requests.

About Us

Jon Shematek is an Episcopal Deacon, retired after serving thirty years in seven varied parishes in the Diocese of Maryland. Jon is also a retired pediatric cardiologist; he practiced medicine for years and also served as the Chief Medical Officer of a multi-specialty medical group and a large health insurance plan. Jon’s current ministry is being formed by his interests in photography, graphic design, teaching, and web-based communications. He currently serves on the communications team at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, Maryland and on the Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of Maryland.

Lauren Welch is an Episcopal Deacon, retired after serving thirty years in two parishes in the Diocese of Maryland and on Diocesan Staff in various roles as well as serving in leadership positions with the Association for Episcopal Deacons. Lauren’s secular employment included thirty years as a Medical Technologist functioning as blood bank supervisor, and ten years as chaplain at two Baltimore hospitals and a retirement community. Lauren retired to care for her granddaughter until she started school.  Now that her granddaughter is sixteen years old and doesn’t really need Nana around as much, Lauren is listening to where the Spirit may be calling her next. Lauren also continues her passion and interest in healing energy work as a Reiki Master.

Lauren and Jon have named our collection of programs Listening for Clues to highlight two essential words:

Listeningwhich we believe is the primary pathway to contemplating, healing and deepening relationships with the Divine One, with all creation, with others, and within ourselves.

Clueswhich are not solutions, but glimmers of guidance as we search for meaning, clarity and understanding through times of confusion, grief, and utter joy.

Why a ball of yarn?

The word “clue” comes from the Old English word “clewe,” meaning a ball of yarn or thread. In Greek mythology, the princess Ariadne fell in love with Theseus, and gave him a ball of thread so he could find his way out of the labyrinth and complete his purpose. This myth, with its “clewe,” a guiding ball of thread, seems like an apt metaphor for our journeys together, as we seek meaning and purpose.