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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.


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    Spiritual Practices Podcast

    The Rev. Nancy Dibelius leads us on a journey of spiritual practices. Click here to access the channel and all the episodes on Simplecast or click the icons below. Click here to watch Rev. Dibelius' spiritual practice videos on Vimeo and click here for more information and resources on spiritual life in Upper New York. 


    Episode 16: Prayer Discipline

    John Wesley considered prayer to be one of the most significant means of grace. Many of us feel challenged by how to pray. Is there a “right” way to do this? Join the Rev. Nancy Dibelius as she explores ways to pray by focusing less on its form and more on our relationship with God.


    Episode 16: Service

    What does it mean to be in service with one another? Listen as the Rev. Nancy Dibelius talks about the Christian discipline of service to build community as a part of mercy, compassion, and justice.


    Episode 15: Worship

    Worship is our response to God’s initiative in our lives. It can be a very personal act. Join the Rev. Nancy Dibelius as she introduces the spiritual discipline of worship.


    Episode 14: Guided Meditation

    Guided meditation, or entering the narrative, is an ancient practice that encourages use of the imagination, feeling, and senses. The Rev. Nancy Dibelius invites us to become a participant in the biblical narrative and experience God and Jesus in a personal way in this lectionary reading for Christmas Eve.


    Episode 13: Celebration

    Celebration is at the heart of Christianity. It helps us enjoy the good things in life, offers perspective, and gives us the ability to laugh at ourselves. Join the Rev. Nancy Dibelius as she introduces the spiritual discipline of Celebration.


    Episode 12: Sabbath

    Overwhelmed? Anxious? Tired? Listen as the Rev. Nancy Dibelius guides us through the practice of the spiritual discipline of Sabbath. Sabbath is rest, renewal, and recreating a sign of God's faithfulness. It varies in length from one person to another and looks and feels different for each of us.  


    Episode 11: Mandalas

    We all have a creative nature. Listen as Rev. Nancy Dibelius guides us into art as a form of prayer using mandalas.


    Episode 10: Lectio Divina: Philippians 1:27-28

    What would God say to you today? Listen as Rev. Nancy Dibelius guides us through the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina using Philippians 1:27-28. Take this podcast at your own pace. 


    Episode 9: Fasting

    Fasting doesn't necessarily mean refraining from eating. The Rev. Nancy Dibelius encourages you to find something that you can give up for some time, and in turn, spend that time focusing on your relationship with God. 


    Episode 8: Silence and Solitude

    Is there too much noise in your life causing you to be distracted from time to time? Listen as Rev. Nancy Dibelius guides us through the practice of Silence and Solitude so we can let go and be alone with God. 


    Episode 7: Art as Prayer

    Rev. Nancy Dibelius introduces us "art as prayer." This episode shows us how to pray through artistic impression and allows us to live into our creative nature. The possibilities are endless.  


    Episode 6: Guided Meditation: Psalm 23

    Rev. Nancy Dibelius guides us through meditation using Psalm 23.


    Episode 5: Praying the Psalms

    Rev. Nancy Dibelius introduces us to Praying the Psalms, a practice that began in the first centuries of the Christian Church with the desert mothers and fathers.


    Episode 4: Lectionary Divina

    Join Rev. Nancy Dibelius as she guides us through the practice of Lectio Divina.


    Episode 3: Breath Prayer

    Listen as Rev. Nancy Dibelius guides us through the practice of Breath Prayer.

     

    Episode 2: The Examen

    Join Rev. Nancy Dibelius as she guides us through this highly structured practice that allows us to notice the ways in which God has been present in our lives.


    Episode 1: Guided Meditation, John 21: 1-19

    Find yourself in the story of Jesus as he meets the disciples in the Sea of Galilee after his resurrection.


    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."