Coming Up in 2020-21
Continuing Classes and Offerings
The Enneagram and Spiritual Transformation: An Introduction
Marilyn Finch Williams,
October 19 & 26 and
7:30 - 9:00 pm on Zoom
The Enneagram, rooted in ancient Christian and Islamic mysticism, is a powerful transformational tool for helping us access our “Christ Consciousness.” In a compassionate and non-judgmental way, it illuminates 9 universal ego strategies that are at the heart of our repeating unhealthy patterns but that also contain our natural gifts. With uncanny accuracy, the Enneagram awakens us to our unconscious motivations (shadow), and helps us improve our inter-personal relationships. In this introductory series, Marilyn will introduce the Enneagram system and how it can be used, as well as assisting us in beginning the process of “typing” ourselves through storytelling and group sharing. This beginning course sets the stage for continued spiritual iscovery.
Marilyn Finch Williams, LCSW, Psychotherapist, Neurofeedback Practitioner and Founder of the MEDIAN Center for Resilience and Brain Training, has been a Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition since 1994. She has studied extensively with Helen Palmer, David Daniels, MD and Richard Rohr, OFM, among others. Marilyn has supervised countless Enneagram students and is a sought-after teacher and trainer. She has been an Individual and Family Therapist for 35 years.
For those who are interested, here are some recommended readings on the Enneagram:
Beatrice Chestnut, The Complete Enneagram:27 Paths to Greater Self- Knowledge
Ian Cron & Suzanne Stabile, The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery
Richard Rohr & Andreas Ebert, The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective
To receive a link to attend this Zoom series, contact the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
the Gospel of Thomas
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 pm Zoom
The Gospel of Thomas is new to most of us and it is at the same time ancient. It may well be the oldest of the gospel writings. This gathering of sayings of Jesus seems to have been a source for the writers of the canonical gospels. The sayings from this text, which was found in a cave in Egypt in 1945, have contributed to a new appreciation of Jesus as a wisdom teacher in the Eastern tradition. We meet twice a month to work with one or two of the 114 sayings through lectio divina, or sacred listening. All are welcome for this reflection/meditation/discussion gathering. You do not need to have attended previous meetings to participate.
2nd, 4th, and 5th Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Zoom
We gather on these Thursdays for conversation about the Spiritual Life. We meet in this community of others who, with us, long to become the sound, whole persons our traditions tell us we were created to become. The leader for the evening opens with a reading, we share the guidelines for welcoming conversation, then those who wish to are invited to speak about the experience of trying to live intentionally the life to which they feel called.
Ongoing on Zoom
Silent Prayer, & Meditation
Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8:00 am
We light a candle and spend 25 minutes in silence. The last person out of the room blows out the candle. It is that simple. Those who seek to include meditation in their weekly practice often find it easier to do so in the company of others.
Group Spiritual Direction
The singular intention of spiritual direction is companionship and support in our relationship with the “something greater” that we sense at work in our lives. In group spiritual direction, we form a community with others who share our desire for connection to the divine other. We agree to accompany and support one another on our spiritual journeys.
The process centers around silence. Trusting that the spirit is present within and among us, we weave into the sharing of our stories and experiences quiet space to sense that presence. Group members may offer a question or a reflection that comes out of our prayerful listening. At other times, silent prayer for the other will be the richest offering.
If you feel you may be called to go deeper by discerning in community, or if you have questions and would like to know more, contact Lisa Richard. One group has already begun and meets on a monthly basis. Additional groups of three to five people may form at any time during the year when there is interest.
One-on-One Spiritual Direction
Tilden Edwards writes in Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion of our yearning “…for a soul-friend with whom we can share our desire for the Holy One and with whom we can try to identify and embrace the hints of divine Presence and invitation in our lives. Neither soul-friends nor anyone else can fully enter our deep soul space. However, they can listen to our articulations of it, silently open these to God as soon as they are heard, and occasionally speak when something is heard in that openness that seems to be meant for [us].”
A spiritual director (or guide, or companion, or friend) is someone who holds a space for our stories of the journey and listens with us for the workings of that greater “something.” The work of the Spirit in our lives can often be heard in our own voices--seen in our own faces and our own eyes. Companions on the journey can hold up the mirror that lets us see it.
If you feel you may be called to one-on-one spiritual direction, or if you have questions and would like to know more, contact Lisa Richard . We have contact information for a number of local directors and can help you connect with them. Note that directors generally meet with people once a month; some charge a fee, while others do not. Each director’s approach is different, so it can help to talk with more than one before you make your decision.
St. Aidan’s has two labyrinths for walking prayer and meditation. The outdoor labyrinth, located between the memorial garden and Riverside Road, is always available. The labyrinth in the church is available most of the year and is used during special services and retreats. We can also arrange to open the church at other times for those who would like to walk the labyrinth.