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Soul Windows Ministries
This newsletter calls us to reflection: In each issue, we share our personal reflections on matters of faith and spirit.
Our theme will be the ways God's mystery and grace are reflected
in the world: in nature, in a work of art, in a child's face, in memories or in recent headlines.
We write believing God's glory is seldom, if ever, seen directly in this world. Not even Moses could see the face of God, while St Paul writes that God can only be seen reflected "as in a mirror, dimly." We also believe such reflections are all around. We write to help ourselves and others recognize and ponder these reflections of the Sacred. Although we write as Christians, we sometimes explore God's mysteries as reflected in other traditions as well. This newsletter also reflects to you notes about books, music, websites, or poems that have touched us, that we want to share.
The "Reflections" newsletter is just one aspect of Soul Windows Ministries. We also lead retreats and special services for churches or other groups, on topics ranging from the Beatitudes to Praying with Icons.
There is also a small product line of religious greeting cards and devotional CDs. Please contact us for more information.
Bill Howden combines the wisdom of a scholar, the heart of a pastor, and the voice of a poet. An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Bill enjoys creative interpretation of scripture, writing poetry, and travel journaling. His work has appeared in Sacred Journey, Pulpit Digest, Word and Witness, and other publications. Bill’s wide-ranging ministry has included pastorates in six states, teaching at Princeton Theological Seminary where he earned his PhD, and ecumenical work in Germany.
Bill and Jan met while on a pilgrimage to the ecumenical community in Taize, France. They have been married since 2004. Both are Benedictine Oblates and serve on the St. Scholastica Monastery (Boerne, Texas) Oblate Leadership Team.
Also actively engaged in ministry, Jan Davis is a Spiritual Director, author, speaker, and leads spiritual retreats and parish missions. She earned her DMin from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and holds certifications as Spiritual Director, Ignatian Spiritual Director, and Professional Catechist. Jan taught in The Magis Program: Ignatian Spirituality of San Antonio, Oblate School of Theology. Her articles appear in various online publications, in Henri Nouwen eLetters, Sacred Journey, and elsewhere. Recently retiring, after relaxing at the Gulf Coast, Jan is dedicating her time to writing her memoir.