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New Pastor

Robert, Michelle, and Lizzie

Robert, Michelle, and Lizzie

New Song has a new pastor! Robert Binion is the new head pastor at New Song Presbyterian. He moved to Salt Lake City at the beginning of September with his wife Michelle and their five month old daughter, Lizzie. They come to Salt Lake from Falls Church, VA, where Robert was an Assistant Pastor at McLean Presbyterian for the past three years. 

Robert is passionate about shepherding people into meaningful, transformative relationships with Jesus Christ and with each other. He loves to think and engage deeply with the people and culture around him. 

Robert and Michelle love exploring and new adventures, sharing time with their close friends, and enjoying their precious daughter. 

Salt Lake Fellows

The Salt Lake Fellows is a ministry partnership of New Song and The Fellows Initiative. In this program, recent college graduates will participate in a 9-month intensive period of living, learning, and working in Salt Lake and the community of the church with a view to exploring the connections between faith and work. Click here to learn more about it.

Examen

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  1. Seek awareness of God's presence.
  2. Review the day in a posture of gratitude.
  3. Recognize a “Consolation” and a “Desolation” from the day.
  4. Choose a “Desolation” to pray into.
  5. Look with hope for new tomorrow.

A consolation is an experience that causes you to feel fully alive, at peace, joyful, happy, comforted, whole, connected, your best self, etc. - an experience in which you feel close God.

A desolation is an experience that causes you to feel drained of energy, frustrated, irritated, angry, sad, sorrowful, alone, isolated, unaccepted, fragmented, less than your best self, etc. - an experience in which you feel far away from God.

The tricky thing about desolation is that even though it is an uncomfortable and sometimes distressing experience and we may feel as if God is far away, God is still very near. So the gift is praying with the desolation, telling God about your experience and asking for God’s grace in the experience. (It is also good to give God thanks for the consolation experiences.) God shows up in desolations AND consolations. It’s just that it’s easier to “experience” God in consolations and we often move away from God in desolations.

More about the Examen

This is a version of the five-step Daily Examen that St. Ignatius practiced.

The Ignatian Examen, or the Daily Examen is a contemplative prayer led by memory. Rather than a prayer utilized to clear one’s conscience, the Examen is a prayer of consciousness. During an Examen, one reflects on the current day, focussing on memories from the events of the day as a way of recognizing the God's Presence.

Often, the Examen awakens the practitioner to the Divine through routine or ordinary moments to illustrate the subtle and surprising ways God speaks. This prayer practice helps cultivate and refine discernment as well as an awareness of God’s presence.

Traditionally there are five movements or steps in the Examen. The following steps outlined below are adapted from the technique outlined in  the Spiritual Exercises developed by Ignatius Loyola in the 16th century. St. Ignatius required his companions, the Jesuits, to practice the Examen daily at noon and before turning in for sleep.

This Examen guide was developed by Chris Heuertz, a fellow Christian who runs Gravity, a center for contemplative activism.  More about Chris and his work can be found at https://gravitycenter.com