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Calendar of Events  2023-24

September 27, 7:30 pm

Why Sabbath? An event to launch the new program year

St. Aidan’s Rector Laura Cochran joins award-winning documentary filmmaker Martin Doblmeier to explore the ancient practice of Sabbath, its relevance in our time, and how it can be life-giving. How is sabbath already a part of our own lives—or how it could be? Why is sabbath integral to so many faith traditions? What forms can sabbath take? (Tech sabbath? Sabbath for the earth?) Beyond offering rest, what does a sabbath practice allow us to do? We will watch the trailer for Martin Doblmeier’s latest documentary, SABBATH, whose themes we will weave throughout our program year.

Viewing of SABBATH documentary and exploration of how we carry the fruits of sabbath practice into our lives in community.

 

October 17 & 24 at 7:30 pm

Original Enlightenment and Dogen’s Great Question

St. Aidan’s parishioner Russ Bradley will explore the life and teachings of 13th century Zen monk Eihei Dogen, a religious philosopher who presents a unique blend of mysticism and pragmatism. We are familiar with St. Augustine’s teaching of Original Sin and Pelagius’ teaching of Original Blessing as two opposing views of the human condition.  Dogen presents a third alternative-Original Enlightenment.

November 7, 14, & 21 at 7:30 pm

Exploring the Eastern Religions

With Laura Shulman, Assistant Professor of Religion at NVCC, we’ll explore Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism—their origins, basic beliefs, teachings, values, and practices. What do they have to say about the nature of God/Ultimate Reality, the human condition/nature, the afterlife, and the ultimate goal of the spiritual paths they teach? We’ll each be invited to consider connections and differences between these faiths and our own.

 

January 16, 23, & 30 at 7:30 pm

Let Nothing Disturb You: The Mystical Legacy of Teresa of Avila

We continue our annual mystics series with presenter LJ Milone. How do I become a mystic? Earthy, passionate, and unstoppable, Teresa of Avila shows us how to become mystics by recounting how she did it and teaching us how to pray. She says, "The important thing is not to think much, but to love much, and so to do whatever best awakens us to love." She teaches us God alone is enough.

Ongoing Offerings: 

 

Silent Prayer & Meditation                                                                               

Tuesdays and Fridays in the Sanctuary, 8:00 am

Meditations on the Gospel of Mary Magdalene                            

1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 pm

 

Soul Circle                                                                                     

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30 pm

Soul Circle
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