Calendar of Events 2021-22
Walking in the Way - Program Year Launch with Bishop Porter Taylor
Sept. 15 at 7:30 pm
This evening will focus on the bookends of the spiritual life: receiving and transmitting God’s love. It’s easy for us to focus on one and ignore the other. Sometimes we forget our calling and solely seek a “spiritual experience.” If we swap a material consumerism for a spiritual consumerism, what have we gained? Conversely, we focus solely on spreading the Good News and forget that you can’t give away what you don’t have. Every chapter in walking the Way involves some kind of sacrifice. We’ll explore together the dynamic wheel of surrendering, receiving, transmitting as the DNA of the Spiritual Life.
Sacred Ground: A Series of Conversations on Race and Faith
with Francie Thayer and Libby Rice
Sept. 12, 26
Oct. 10, 24
Nov. 7, 14 from 1-3 pm
Sacred Ground invites us into the history of race and racism in America, focusing on Indigenous, Black, Latino and Asian/Pacific Americans as their histories intersect with European American history. We’ll watch videos and read articles at home, then gather in person for conversations to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day—all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love. The series is part of The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community--a long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation and justice. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Falling in Love with God with Bishop Porter Taylor
Oct. 4 at 7:30 pm
If the Bible is not a love story, it’s of little help to us. In like manner the Church is a School of Love, or it’s missed the central point of its being. This evening we will explore how to recapture our connection with Christ as a love affair with the living God. When that happens, we remember who we are---God’s beloved children—and we become equipped to live out our baptismal promise: “Do you put your whole trust in Christ’s grace and love?” Then we are able wholeheartedly to be sent out to “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.”
Rollheiser’s 4 Essentials with Bishop Porter Taylor
Oct. 11 at 7:30 pm
Ron Rolheiser asserts that there are four nonnegotiable essentials of the Christian life: Private Prayer, Social Justice, Community and a Tender Heart. We will explore what these look like and why they are essential both for our individual journey and for our corporate identity. How might we be agents of unity in these times?
Group Spiritual Direction: A Taste and See Event
In group spiritual direction, we form a community with others who share our desire for connection to the divine. We agree to accompany and support one another on our spiritual journeys. The process centers around silence, allowing space and time to sense, feel, and “hear” the presence of God within and among us. If you feel you may be called to go deeper by discerning in community, “Taste and see” the process and discern whether you would like to be part of an ongoing group.
Jesus, a Spiritual Director with Steve Garnaas-Holmes of Unfolding Light
Nov. 17 at 7:30 pm
We see Jesus in three dimensions: theological (second Person of the Trinity, Messiah, Savior, Son of God...), archetypal (trickster, Wisdom teacher, Cosmic Christ...) and personal (Intercessor, listener, healer, Friend...). We'll explore and maybe expand our understanding of Jesus as both human and divine, and examine how we can open ourselves to Jesus as a spiritual companion—even a spiritual director— who helps us to “see more clearly, love more dearly, and follow more nearly.”
Healing Arts: Music, Poetry and Prayer for a Busy Season
We are easily moved off center during the holidays, by the hectic pace of the season and by stories of Christmas past that can visit us at this time of year. Taking time to reflect and re-center can help us to feel grounded so we can better enjoy the gifts of family, story, and tradition that the season has to offer. We’ll share a meditative evening of music, poetry, prayer.
Anthony De Mello: Happiness Now! with L. J. Milone
Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm
LJ Milone will help us to learn the way of awareness leading to freedom and bliss through the work of spiritual teacher Anthony DeMello. DeMello uses stories, parables, and clear, succinct mystical proverbs to wake us up to reality as it is, not as we think it is.
The Psychodynamics of Relationships with Dr. James Hollis
Feb. 21 at 7:30 pm
We say we value relationships, but why are they so fraught, so imperiled, and so often end in disappointment and frustration? The secret may be found that no relationship with another can be any more evolved than our relationship with ourselves. Dr. Hollis will explore this through the lens of Jungian psychology.
Living Wisdom for our Everyday Lives - A Lenten Retreat with Bill Redfield
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
While it is the underground steam from which all the world’s faith traditions draw, Wisdom is more than the content of some concepts or beliefs. It provides us with a deeper understanding of who we are and how we fit into life, and it affords a new perspective that changes everything—including ourselves.
To view Bill’s latest virtual retreat go to https://www.williamredfield.com/program/deepening-wisdom-through-desert-and-forest
Carrie Newcomer in Concert
April 30 at 7 pm
“I picked up a guitar when I was in my early teens and learned my first three chords and started writing songs. I’ve always loved the combination of language and music.” Carrie Newcomer is a singer-songwriter and author whose music and poetry are inspired by hope and the great human potential for peaceful coexistence. She has lent her support to organizations focused on social justice, health and hunger services, spirituality, and environmental preservation. She says that there is a spiritual component to her work because there is a spiritual component to her life.
Evelyn Underhill: What is Mysticism? with Bishop Porter Taylor
May 16 at 7:30 pm
Roman Catholic theologian Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” If that is so, there is no better person to guide the Church into embracing that reality than Evelyn Underhill. Bishop Porter will seek to define mysticism in a way that invites us as Christians to embrace it and to be transformed by it. This task is not just important for the future of the Church; it’s important for the well-being of our souls.
Ongoing Offerings – Continuing via Zoom
Tuesdays in the Sanctuary and Fridays on Zoom, 8:00 am
Meditations on the Gospel of Thomas
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 pm
2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30 pm
Group Spiritual Direction
3rd Saturdays, 9:30 am