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Wish List

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FOP Staff “Wish List”

We much appreciate our generous donors and supporters!  If you’d like to make an in-kind donation but don’t know what we could use, here are a few items for your consideration (new or in good condition, please):


  1. Infrared portable space heater (2)
  2. Wood hod (for indoor fireplace)
  3. Portable Shower Stool (2)
  4. Outdoor metal chairs for cabin porches (12)
  5. Easel for presentations.   Best-Rite Oak Presentation Easel – Natural – 69 1/2″H x 30″W x 31 1/2″D (Best-Rite BES-745)   ($120 – 150)
  6. LCD projector. Epson EX6220 WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 lumen color, 3000 lumen white (V11H550220)   (Amazon $500-600)
  7. Windows.  Replace cloudy, double pane windows.  8 needed, bid: $900.
  8. 2 new refrigerators.  Kenmore Elite 78042 bottom-freezer refrigerator 24 cu in. White, ($1200-1700 ea)
  9. 2 new Stoves.   Kenmore 5.6 cu. ft. Gas Range 5 burners, w/ Convection Oven – Stainless Steel  ($1100-1400 ea)

Thank you to our generous donors:

Lazy Susan for salad bar–Thank you Knowlan Randza

Wash cloths. white, 13×13, (3 dozen)–Thank you Knowlan Randza

59” cotton double wide hammock – Thank you Knowlan Randza

Solar garden predator control lights (3) – Thank you Knowlan Randza

Immersion blender–Thank you Knowlan Randza

Husqvarna Riding Mower Trailer–Thank you Ken Gowriluk

OXO large salad spinner–Thank you to our donor

3 new CD/tape players.    Jensen CD-540 Portable Stereo Compact Disc Cassette Recorder with AM/FM Radio–Thank you to our donor

Food processor–Thank you Macrina Cowan

Binoculars–Thank you Barb and Lin Seder and Paul Rogers

32 Chairs for Bede, stackable.  $26.15 each +250 shipping = $1086.80–Thank you Jim Mazzei

Dishes.  Add to current set to handle large groups: Corelle–$200–Thank you Reverie

Headphones   JVC HARX300 High-Quality Full-Size Headphone  (Walmart $16 ea)–Thank you Jon Hart

A donation of all or part of the cost listed is most appreciated.  Where brand, size, and other details are indicated, this is what we actually can use, substitutions may not work.  Please call and let us know you’re coming before dropping anything off.  Thank you for your generosity.

Your donations are tax deductible.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


December 2-4, Word into Silence: The Practice of Lectio Divina

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Word Into Silence

The practice of lectio divina as invitation to encounter with I AM.

Rev. Tom Letts


Scripture speaks, and when it has completed its thought, what then?  Lectio Divina is the practice of “waiting upon I AM” through both individual and community reading (or hearing) and reflection.  There seem to be as many forms of “lectio” today as there are denominations.  We will practice a four-fold hearing that will include personal reflection and group interaction.

Lectio divina (lit. ‘reading divine’ or ‘holy reading’) traditionally has four elements:  read, wonder (meditate), pray, contemplate (become ‘still pointed’).  This can be done alone or in community.  We will practice both.

We come to lectio with a couple “wonderings on the nature of scripture” they include… “By the Holy Spirit, scripture becomes the living Word; alive and speaking to each generation.”  “The Spirit gives us eyes to see and ears to hear scripture in ways that move us, shape us, compel us to act.”  And, “The movement of the Spirit in community reading of the Word brings elements of understanding inaccessible when we read alone.”

Our time together, then, will be expressed in the movement between solitude and community as we seek to be opened to the sacred speech of scripture, and… when scripture finishes speaking… the silence that follows.

Bio:  Rev. Tom Letts

Rev. Tom Letts is a Presbyterian pastor, consultant, coach, spiritual director and speaker. Tom has one motive for all these roles: to move more deeply into the Living Presence of a God who loves us and to live in that love for others. Tom has an extensive youth and college ministry background. He has also been a pastor in resort ministries in West Yellowstone and Big Sky Montana. His passions include music, sports, and cooking. His devotion to scripture and contemplative spirituality are evident in his leadership.

Tom recently completed a four-month sabbatical, funded by a grant from the Lilly Foundation, to interview Catholics and Protestants to explore the history of contemplative life, including the practice of Lectio Divina. The result will be a video series detailing contemplative practices around the world. In the series, he interviews the Forest’s founder, Sr. Pascaline Coff, who has been Tom’s spiritual director for 30 years.

Schedule:  The retreat begins with check-in at 4:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, and concludes at 1:00 p.m. after brunch on Sunday, December 4.

Double Occupancy Retreat Cost:  $280 per person (includes program fee, two nights lodging and all meals from Friday supper to Sunday brunch)

Single-Occupancy Retreat Cost:  $320 (includes same as above)

Commuters: $184 (includes all retreat sessions, supper on Friday, dinner (served at 12:30pm) on Saturday and Sunday brunch )(12 noon).

Saturday-only Commuter:  $50 (includes Saturday daytime retreat sessions and dinner).

Register with a $65 deposit by calling the Osage Forest of Peace at (918) 245 -2734 or via email at


November 11-12, Forgiveness: Living a Spiritually Motivated Life

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Forgiveness: Living a Spiritually Motivated Life

Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12

Presenter: Rusty Gillette, MHR, LPC, LADC

This experiential workshop involves participants in a journey of forgiveness of others and of themselves. As we enter this sacred season of Thanksgiving and the holidays, what better time to begin the process of forgiveness? The workshop draws on proven principles that allow you to develop the capacity for forgiveness. You will be asked to search within yourself for any resentments of others or yourself. We will walk together through “What is the meaning of forgiveness?” and “Is my inner psyche ready to forgive?”

The retreat begins with check-in at 4:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11 and concludes at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12.

Your registration includes the program, a one-night cabin stay at the Forest of Peace, and all meals.

Cost: $155 for double occupancy cabin; $175 for single occupancy; or $112 for commuters.

Register with a $65 deposit by calling the Osage Forest of Peace at (918) 245 -2734 or via email at


October 29th: Halloween Yoga Workshop

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Is Yoga Scary to You?
Do you think you have to twist yourself into a pretzel?

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Halloween Yoga Workshop

 10am – 12 Noon

Have you been interested in yoga, but afraid to start a practice?  Come to the Osage Forest of Peace to get the basics of a good, solid practice including:

  • What yoga really is
  • How yoga relieves stress
  • Meditations you will welcome
  • Understanding Prana (breath) and how to embody it
  • Making scary-looking poses accessible
  • How to support a home practice

Don’t be frightened of yoga!  Come out to the Forest and learn something new, have some fun and leave with the basics to develop your own home yoga practice to keep you safe and motivated.

After the workshop, wander into our “haunted” woods if you dare! Or join us for meditation followed by dinner at 12:30pm.  Suggested donation for dinner is $12.

Date:  Saturday, October 29th

Time: 10am – 12 Noon

Cost:  $16 if paid by October 28; $20 on-site–Save 20% by registering in advance.

What to wear:  comfortable clothing that allows for movement; costumes optional!

Register:  Call 918.245.2734 or email

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October 23, Reception for Sr. Maryann Greenwald, 12:00-2:00p.m.

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We are bidding goodbye to our friend and colleague. While we are sad to see her go, we are happy that Sr. Maryann will be living with her community of sisters.
Please join us on October 23 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. to help us thank Sr. Maryann for her years of devoted service to the Forest of Peace and to wish her well as she moves to join her community in St. Louis.
Come and enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and visiting with friends. Please no gifts–your presence is gift enough.
Sr Maryann Greenwald- -formerly S. Miriam Edward, First Profession August 3, 1956,  SSND 60 Years
Sister Maryann taught at six schools following her first profession of vows in 1956. She then served as an elementary school administrator for 15 years at Immaculate Conception in Dardenne, Missouri; St. John the Baptist in Burlington, Iowa; St. Anthony in Effingham, Illinois; and St. Peter Grade School in Jefferson City, Missouri. She served as pastoral minister for three years at St. Christopher in Florissant, Missouri; and ministered seven years as pastoral associate at St. Regina in Parsons, Tennessee; St. Patrick in Fairfax, Iowa; and Holy Trinity in Walford, Iowa. Sister Maryann ministered as a youth program coordinator for four years at the Tri-State Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Abuse in Keokuk, Iowa. She spent a year as a clinical pastoral education resident chaplain for University of Iowa Hospitals and clinics in Iowa City before serving for three years as pastoral minister to the SSND Sisters at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore, Maryland and as a hospital chaplain for four years at St. John Health System in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sister Maryann currently serves as a volunteer for Osage Forest of Peace Retreat Center in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. She holds a bachelor’s in history from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis and a master’s in elementary administration from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.
Experience I would like to share… The experience of making a 30-Day Jesuit retreat with subsequent spiritual direction and retreat opportunities grounded me in solid prayer and contemplative living. I became aware of the great love God has for me and became freer to take risks in sharing myself and my gifts with others. Living in an SSND intentional community for two years with the purpose of living simply and close to the natural world, giving hospitality to those in need and working to bring about systemic changes in the areas of peace, justice and integrity of creation influenced my way of life. Living at the Christine Center for Unitive Planetary Spirituality for two and a half years, and now at Osage Forest of Peace Retreat Center has given me an appreciation of ecumenical spirituality, East-West dialog and interfaith encounters. This embodies the call by our SSND directional statement, “to embrace dialog as a way of life that leads to new discoveries about ourselves and others and to conversion, reconciliation and healing,” and I am grateful for these broadening experiences. Now as I draw closer to the final chapter of my life, I seek to live life more in the present moment with a deeper awareness of God’s love and presence acting in and through me. I desire to be God’s presence of love in the world – a means of bringing about transformation through love with a willingness to do God’s Will as I respond with Mary, “Do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:5)


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