SoulStream’s Living from the Heart initiative deliberately seeks to foster communities of ordinary people who desire spiritual transformation through a deepening openness and trust in God. Two pillars undergird this initiative.
The first pillar focuses on the core transition from a spirituality based on performance, achievement, or rational dependence to an immediate and intimate relationship with God. We learn receptivity to what God, in love, is doing in our lives.
The second pillar focuses on community. In community we discover the support necessary to live in the face of the contrary values of society. In relationship with others, beautiful and broken as we all are, we often discover the areas of healing needed in our own lives. As we allow the Spirit to shape us into Christ’s likeness, we can discover a freedom from our illusions and compulsions that enables us to offer loving service in our world.
SoulStream therefore seeks to encourage contemplative experiences such as courses, retreats, workshops, and other prayerful means in which people can let go of managing their lives and discover the surprising fruitfulness a loving relationship with God can bring.
Our Partner representative for Living from the Heart is Esther Hizsa*
Esther Hizsa lives in Burnaby, B.C. with her husband, Fred. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Regent College and worked for over twenty years as an associate pastor: first in children and youth ministry at Cliff Avenue United and then in local outreach, community building, and preaching at New Life Community Church. She offers spiritual direction (trained through SoulStream), co-facilitates Living from the Heart (Lower Mainland), and writes—mostly for her blog, An Everyday Pilgrim. She and Fred enjoy cycling and hanging out with their grandchildren. Esther is the partner representative for Living from the Heart.
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