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What is a Virtual ChurchIf the Church is the body of Christ for the World, then a Virtual Church is that body without bounds. A Virtual Church is a place of speaking hope, praying healing, offering communion with others, reflecting on God’s word in Scripture and engaging in thoughtful reflection on the world. A Virtual Church is a voice for offering peace to any one on the planet who needs a word of encouragement and life.
Meet Lib Campbell
Lib Campbell is a retired United Methodist Pastor, wife of 46 years, mother and grandmother. She is an artist, singer, reader, writer, and pray-er. Her ministry is Tending the Garden of the Soul: A Ministry of Spiritual Formation. She and her family reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Lib is a frequently requested retreat leader who enjoys teaching the spiritual disciplines and ancient practices of the church, especially Lectio Divina, the Labyrinth and Fixed Hour prayer. She involves journaling, drawing on God and music in her workshops.
Here are some comments about Lib's retreats:
'Tending the Garden of the Soul should be a priority for every woman, regardless of where she is in her spiritual journey. For me, asking that question 'What is giving me Life?' was eye-opening. "
"I have never attended any better women's study/retreat and I've attended many. I appreciated that your language was specific and your style clear and interesting, never searching for words or losing your train of thought. You kept everyone's attention with music, poetry, art, scripture. Handouts for us to complete changed the pace and drew us in, giving us partnership in each idea."
"Lib Campbell's retreat was, in a word, an AWAKENING. It broke forth new ground with changed perspectives, probing questions and fresh fruit in the lives of participants. Filled with a-ha moments, it left us feeling alive and hungry for more."
Author Archives: Lib Campbell
A Reflection in Psalm 139 Leaving Steeretown, Jamacia, after ten days of working to build a Methodist Church there, was filled with emotion. There were goodbyes to the church members who had hosted us and worshiped with us and worked … Continue reading
A Reflection on Psalm 130 The projection clock displays the time in red numbers on our bedroom ceiling. The clock was a gift to us one Christmas. We chuckled when we opened it that Christmas morning. Who needs to know … Continue reading
A Reflection on Psalm 91 In times of unease and fear, recalling God’s deliverance brings solace to our weary souls. Our times are bringing anxiety. Panic is setting in. We can see it in the hoarding going on at the … Continue reading
For a psalm that many of us learned as children, and a psalm that today we most often hear and speak responsively at funerals, Psalm 23 speaks to life today as we are living through what seems like unstoppable dis-comfort, … Continue reading
For the Lenten Season 2020 a small group from various churches has met at Saint Mark’s UMC in Raleigh for lectio divina in the Psalms of Lent 2020. It occurs to me that the Virtual Church might appreciate a plan … Continue reading
Birdsong and evening prayer ‘gainst the setting sun. She sings in high tree top throat pulsing with song. Thirty minutes of praise, yet not enough. Blue sky and lyrics beyond my understanding, but she does not sing for me. She sings glory in the setting sun. By herself with no echo or response she sings. And as she travels on, her sung song is remembered for the pure and clear message she sang. All is well; be not afraid. She has gone now to sing evensong to a new people.
By the 4th Century of the Common Era, monasticism already existed. Yet there were these faithful Christians, some hermits, some ascetics, who sought deeper union with God. In humility and faith they retreated into a disciplined life in the desert … Continue reading
Sunday’s psalm begins with a call to song: “Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.” As Italy is on lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, people have taken to opening their windows and singing … Continue reading
SOS: A Lenten Devotional for Edenton Street UMC Scripture: Psalm 121 Invocation: Come Holy Spirit. Open our hearts and minds to hear a word from You today. Silence all other voices in us and tune our hearts to you. Come … Continue reading