Spiritual Life

The Spiritual Life Ministry at East Liberty Presbyterian Church focuses on helping us to become aware of God’s action and presence in our lives, and to assist in this transformation through the practice of spiritual disciplines that make us more open and responsive to the Spirit’s touch. Spiritual Life offers us a variety of ways to deepen our spiritual connection with God.

Spiritual Life Opportunities:

To learn more about programming for 2016, check out the current Spiritual Life Brochure, detailing our focus on Science, Cosmology, Theology, and Mysticism.

ELPC Prayer Room

The Spiritual Life Committee invites you to visit the new Prayer Room, (Room 135), a special space just for you. Come to experience the quiet in the midst of the wonderful busy-ness that is ELPC. Come to sit and pray in silence. Come to listen for the still small voice of God. In the midst of all the good that we do here at ELPC, this quiet space comes alongside to bear witness to who we are as a people of prayer. Our spiritual life, the life of prayer, informs our call and response to mission and ministry and, in turn, our ministry and mission give life and depth to our prayer. Each is incomplete without the other. So, we encourage you to try something new as you go about your ministry and mission at the church, take a moment also to seek spiritual grounding in a space devoted to prayer—just for you. Prayer Boxes are available near the entrance to the Sanctuary, with cards for prayer requests.

Centering prayer

Tuesdays, 7 pm, Prayer Room

Drawn from the ancient Christian contemplative tradition, centering prayer is presented in an updated, accessible four-step method. The Centering Prayer group aims to sit in silence for 20 minutes of prayer, and supports its members in their ongoing practice of this transforming way of being with God. Centering Prayer is a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ. Attendance every week is not required–you are welcome to join us anytime. The group meets every Tuesday evening, throughout the year, in the Prayer Room (Room 135), at 7 pm. Questions? Email Jon Nelson or call 412.363.8099.

Happy Wanderers

Our Happy Wanderers Group is for those age 55 and above. We get together about once a month for an outing; for example, plays, the History Center, a craft festival, etc., and it’s always combined with lunch or dinner. Our planning meeting is in March at which time we list possible trips and then the ones in attendance vote on what we will do for the rest of the year. Most of our trips are scheduled Monday through Friday and some are local and some are out of town. If you would like to be put on our mailing list, please email Gloria Knopp or call 412.441.3800 x122.

Please see the calendar for Happy Wanderer events.

Wooden Toy Making Group

Every other wednesday, 9 am–12 pm

The Toymakers are looking for some new friends to join them as they make simple wooden toys for distribution to area children and to mission fields in other countries. They meet about twice a month. Experience is welcomed but not required. Email Kate Carlson or call 412.441.3800 x116.

Spiritual Direction


Rev. Callahan is Director of Spiritual Life Ministries and Pastor for Taizé Ministries at ELPC. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister member of the Pittsburgh Presbytery with over 15 years experience in pastoral ministry. She is also an experienced Spiritual Director, trained in both contemplative and Ignatian traditions. She has a Masters of Divinity and a Certificate in Advanced Ministry in the areas of Ecclesiology, Spiritual Renewal, and Pastoral Care from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute in Washington, D.C.

By Appointment

Spiritual Direction is the term used to describe a relationship in which one person walks along the spiritual path with another: helping to listen for the movement of God in the other person’s life, and offering suggestions of practices or reading that may enhance the journey. As a part of her calling here, Rev. Callahan is available to provide Spiritual Direction for individuals in the ELPC family. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Rev. Callahan at 412.441.3800 x141.

Cathedral yogaCathedral Yoga

Wednesdays, from 6–7 pm

Experience yoga in our beautiful, Gothic Sanctuary. All are welcome! The class is free, but donations are appreciated. Bring your own mat.

Mindfulness Meditation

Thursdays, from 7–8 pm

Susan Spangler leads us as we learn more about Mindfulness Meditation and engage in this ancient prayer form together in the Prayer Room (Room 135). Mindfulness is the moment-to-moment awareness of our experience with an accepting, non-judgmental, kind attention. Our weekly time together includes meditation instruction, guided meditations, and practices for supporting mindfulness in everyday life. Both those who are new to meditation and those with meditation experience are heartily welcome.

Susan began practicing Mindfulness Meditation in 1990 with the beloved Vietnamese Buddhist teacher Thich Naht Hanh. Over the years, her practice and appreciation of mindfulness and related meditation practices has continued to deepen through her relationships and study with teachers from various meditation traditions. She brings to her teaching the warmth, humor and compassion modeled for her by these teachers, a caring presence cultivated through the practice of psychotherapy, and a loving heart nurtured through her deep and life-long commitment to the Christian path.