Powerful Love:

Healing Miracles of Jesus

Episode Five: Lazarus

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We are pleased to present a program of contemplation and discussion on what the Gospels have to say about love, healing and miracles.. In each episode of this six-part series, we ask three focusing questions.  Feel free to stop the video or audio podcast, contemplate the question and enter a comment or two. For those watching the video version, 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.

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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 as Co-chair of 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.