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  • 10:00am-11:30am – Meditation for Experienced Practitioners
    10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    2017.11.03


    Deepen Your Practice

    Meditation is a practice that helps us delve deeply into our minds and hearts to cultivate compassion for all beings and broaden our awareness of how we create suffering for ourselves and others. Through meditation we develop our capacity for mindfulness in daily life and experience a greater acceptance of the change and uncertainty that every life brings.

    It’s common in meditation groups to sit for about 30 to 45 minutes, but practitioners often find that sitting for longer periods can help bring greater steadiness of mind and deeper insights. This group is designed for those who have some experience of meditation and are interested in extending the length of time they spend in sitting practice. The initial meditation sessions are planned for 60 minutes. Our experience and participants’ input over the first eight-week course will determine whether we wish to change that and whether we wish to add a short discussion time at the end of each meeting.

    Workshop Leaders: Barbara Roberts and Colleen Erbel

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  • 10:00am-12:00 noon – Lovingkindness Reflection
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    2017.11.04

    Cultivate an Open Heart

    The practice of Metta or Lovingkindness reflection helps us to develop and sustain a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward ourselves, others, and all beings everywhere.

    Metta is a part of the Buddha’s heart teachings about lovingkindness, or the Brahma Viharas – compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and “unbounded friendship” – often called as a group the “Heavenly Abodes.” This workshop will bring participants into experiences of lovingkindness and focus on how to bring about compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and “unbounded friendship” in one’s daily life. The workshop will consider sila (virtue), samadhi (concentration), and pañña (wisdom) as they relate to lovingkindness. Since the purpose is to cultivate lovingkindness and good will, the workshop will be of benefit to anyone who is interested in the topic, no matter what spiritual tradition you might be interested in, or, for that matter, whether you are interested or involved in any spiritual tradition at all.  The focus will simply be on how a person can cultivate a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward themselves, others, and all beings everywhere.
    Workshop Leader: Fred Martinson
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  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm – The Quest for Meaning
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    2017.11.05


    A Workshop for Men and Women in Mid-Life Who Are Asking: “What’s Next for My Life?”

    If in your journey along life’s way, a gentle longing, a vague uneasiness beckons you to search for something more

    If you have achieved some success in life, but aren’t sure what comes next
    If you sometimes ask yourself: “What is the meaning of my life anyway?”
    If a recent failure or loss has led to questions about where your life is headed
    If you would like to explore the possibilities that lie beyond the normal, everyday activities that take up so much of life’s energy

    … Then join us in this Quest.

    Using stories, poetry, literature, and the world’s wisdom traditions, we will consider the various ways one can choose to invest one’s life energy, exploring the journey every man and every woman can make in pursuit of a feeling of wholeness, of meaning, of purpose.

    Workshop Leader: Chris Austin

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  • 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Third Half of Life
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    2017.11.06


    A Workshop for Men and Women as they Approach and Pass that Amazing Milestone of 60 Years

    Somewhere along the way, as our lives approach 60, then move on to 65, to 70, and beyond — the questions change, sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically.

    But there are still questions. Profound questions. And decisions. And opportunities.

    Join us for an exploration of the questions and possibilities that arise during this important time of life: a time of seeking — and a time of finding.
    Workshop Leader: Jerry Askew
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  • 6:30-8:30pm – Science and Spirituality: Friends or Foes
    6:30 PM-8:30 PM
    2017.11.07

    Science and Spirituality: Friends or Foes

    The great philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead went so far as to say that the future of civilization depends on the way these two most powerful of forces come into relationship to each other. Let’s explore that question for ourselves.
    Workshop Leader: Bobby Gintz

  • 6:30-7:30pm – Centering Prayer
    6:30 PM-7:30 PM
    2017.11.07

    Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method

    Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method of leaving aside external concerns, discontinuing the incessant internal dialogue, and signaling our alert receptivity to the Divine Presence already dwelling within.

    From the Great Silence of the Hebrew scripture to the Prayer in Secret of the Sermon on the Mount to the union with the Divine Indwelling of the 4th-century Desert Fathers and Mothers, some form of the contemplative practice we now call Centering Prayer has been with us. Join us as we learn to use this ancient practice to deeper and enrich our spiritual lives.

    Workshop Leader: Edward Groody
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  • 10:00am-11:30am – Meditation for Experienced Practitioners
    10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    2017.11.10


    Deepen Your Practice

    Meditation is a practice that helps us delve deeply into our minds and hearts to cultivate compassion for all beings and broaden our awareness of how we create suffering for ourselves and others. Through meditation we develop our capacity for mindfulness in daily life and experience a greater acceptance of the change and uncertainty that every life brings.

    It’s common in meditation groups to sit for about 30 to 45 minutes, but practitioners often find that sitting for longer periods can help bring greater steadiness of mind and deeper insights. This group is designed for those who have some experience of meditation and are interested in extending the length of time they spend in sitting practice. The initial meditation sessions are planned for 60 minutes. Our experience and participants’ input over the first eight-week course will determine whether we wish to change that and whether we wish to add a short discussion time at the end of each meeting.

    Workshop Leaders: Barbara Roberts and Colleen Erbel

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  • 10:00am-12:00 noon – Lovingkindness Reflection
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    2017.11.11

    Cultivate an Open Heart

    The practice of Metta or Lovingkindness reflection helps us to develop and sustain a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward ourselves, others, and all beings everywhere.

    Metta is a part of the Buddha’s heart teachings about lovingkindness, or the Brahma Viharas – compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and “unbounded friendship” – often called as a group the “Heavenly Abodes.” This workshop will bring participants into experiences of lovingkindness and focus on how to bring about compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and “unbounded friendship” in one’s daily life. The workshop will consider sila (virtue), samadhi (concentration), and pañña (wisdom) as they relate to lovingkindness. Since the purpose is to cultivate lovingkindness and good will, the workshop will be of benefit to anyone who is interested in the topic, no matter what spiritual tradition you might be interested in, or, for that matter, whether you are interested or involved in any spiritual tradition at all.  The focus will simply be on how a person can cultivate a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward themselves, others, and all beings everywhere.
    Workshop Leader: Fred Martinson
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  • 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Third Half of Life
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    2017.11.13


    A Workshop for Men and Women as they Approach and Pass that Amazing Milestone of 60 Years

    Somewhere along the way, as our lives approach 60, then move on to 65, to 70, and beyond — the questions change, sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically.

    But there are still questions. Profound questions. And decisions. And opportunities.

    Join us for an exploration of the questions and possibilities that arise during this important time of life: a time of seeking — and a time of finding.
    Workshop Leader: Jerry Askew
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  • 6:30-8:30pm – Science and Spirituality: Friends or Foes
    6:30 PM-8:30 PM
    2017.11.14

    Science and Spirituality: Friends or Foes

    The great philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead went so far as to say that the future of civilization depends on the way these two most powerful of forces come into relationship to each other. Let’s explore that question for ourselves.
    Workshop Leader: Bobby Gintz

  • 6:30-7:30pm – Centering Prayer
    6:30 PM-7:30 PM
    2017.11.14

    Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method

    Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method of leaving aside external concerns, discontinuing the incessant internal dialogue, and signaling our alert receptivity to the Divine Presence already dwelling within.

    From the Great Silence of the Hebrew scripture to the Prayer in Secret of the Sermon on the Mount to the union with the Divine Indwelling of the 4th-century Desert Fathers and Mothers, some form of the contemplative practice we now call Centering Prayer has been with us. Join us as we learn to use this ancient practice to deeper and enrich our spiritual lives.

    Workshop Leader: Edward Groody
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  • 10:00am-11:30am – Meditation for Experienced Practitioners
    10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    2017.11.17


    Deepen Your Practice

    Meditation is a practice that helps us delve deeply into our minds and hearts to cultivate compassion for all beings and broaden our awareness of how we create suffering for ourselves and others. Through meditation we develop our capacity for mindfulness in daily life and experience a greater acceptance of the change and uncertainty that every life brings.

    It’s common in meditation groups to sit for about 30 to 45 minutes, but practitioners often find that sitting for longer periods can help bring greater steadiness of mind and deeper insights. This group is designed for those who have some experience of meditation and are interested in extending the length of time they spend in sitting practice. The initial meditation sessions are planned for 60 minutes. Our experience and participants’ input over the first eight-week course will determine whether we wish to change that and whether we wish to add a short discussion time at the end of each meeting.

    Workshop Leaders: Barbara Roberts and Colleen Erbel

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  • 10:00am-12:00 noon – Lovingkindness Reflection
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    2017.11.18

    Cultivate an Open Heart

    The practice of Metta or Lovingkindness reflection helps us to develop and sustain a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward ourselves, others, and all beings everywhere.

    Metta is a part of the Buddha’s heart teachings about lovingkindness, or the Brahma Viharas – compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and “unbounded friendship” – often called as a group the “Heavenly Abodes.” This workshop will bring participants into experiences of lovingkindness and focus on how to bring about compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and “unbounded friendship” in one’s daily life. The workshop will consider sila (virtue), samadhi (concentration), and pañña (wisdom) as they relate to lovingkindness. Since the purpose is to cultivate lovingkindness and good will, the workshop will be of benefit to anyone who is interested in the topic, no matter what spiritual tradition you might be interested in, or, for that matter, whether you are interested or involved in any spiritual tradition at all.  The focus will simply be on how a person can cultivate a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward themselves, others, and all beings everywhere.
    Workshop Leader: Fred Martinson
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  • 6:00-8:00pm Third Half of Life
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    2017.11.20


    This is the introduction of the workshop to be held in the fall.

    A Workshop for Men and Women
    as they Approach and Pass that Amazing Milestone of 60 Years

    Somewhere along the way, as our lives approach 60, then move on to 65, to 70, and beyond — the questions change, sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically.

    But there are still questions. Profound questions. And decisions. And opportunities.

    Join us for an exploration of the questions and possibilities that arise during this important time of life: a time of seeking — and a time of finding.

    Workshop Leader: Jerry Askew

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  • 6:30-7:30pm – Centering Prayer
    6:30 PM-7:30 PM
    2017.11.21

    Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method

    Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method of leaving aside external concerns, discontinuing the incessant internal dialogue, and signaling our alert receptivity to the Divine Presence already dwelling within.

    From the Great Silence of the Hebrew scripture to the Prayer in Secret of the Sermon on the Mount to the union with the Divine Indwelling of the 4th-century Desert Fathers and Mothers, some form of the contemplative practice we now call Centering Prayer has been with us. Join us as we learn to use this ancient practice to deeper and enrich our spiritual lives.

    Workshop Leader: Edward Groody
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  • 10:00am-11:30am – Meditation for Experienced Practitioners
    10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    2017.11.24


    Deepen Your Practice

    Meditation is a practice that helps us delve deeply into our minds and hearts to cultivate compassion for all beings and broaden our awareness of how we create suffering for ourselves and others. Through meditation we develop our capacity for mindfulness in daily life and experience a greater acceptance of the change and uncertainty that every life brings.

    It’s common in meditation groups to sit for about 30 to 45 minutes, but practitioners often find that sitting for longer periods can help bring greater steadiness of mind and deeper insights. This group is designed for those who have some experience of meditation and are interested in extending the length of time they spend in sitting practice. The initial meditation sessions are planned for 60 minutes. Our experience and participants’ input over the first eight-week course will determine whether we wish to change that and whether we wish to add a short discussion time at the end of each meeting.

    Workshop Leaders: Barbara Roberts and Colleen Erbel

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  • 10:00am-12:00 noon – Lovingkindness Reflection
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    2017.11.25

    Cultivate an Open Heart

    The practice of Metta or Lovingkindness reflection helps us to develop and sustain a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward ourselves, others, and all beings everywhere.

    Metta is a part of the Buddha’s heart teachings about lovingkindness, or the Brahma Viharas – compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and “unbounded friendship” – often called as a group the “Heavenly Abodes.” This workshop will bring participants into experiences of lovingkindness and focus on how to bring about compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and “unbounded friendship” in one’s daily life. The workshop will consider sila (virtue), samadhi (concentration), and pañña (wisdom) as they relate to lovingkindness. Since the purpose is to cultivate lovingkindness and good will, the workshop will be of benefit to anyone who is interested in the topic, no matter what spiritual tradition you might be interested in, or, for that matter, whether you are interested or involved in any spiritual tradition at all.  The focus will simply be on how a person can cultivate a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward themselves, others, and all beings everywhere.
    Workshop Leader: Fred Martinson
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  • 6:30-7:30pm – Centering Prayer
    6:30 PM-7:30 PM
    2017.11.28

    Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method

    Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method of leaving aside external concerns, discontinuing the incessant internal dialogue, and signaling our alert receptivity to the Divine Presence already dwelling within.

    From the Great Silence of the Hebrew scripture to the Prayer in Secret of the Sermon on the Mount to the union with the Divine Indwelling of the 4th-century Desert Fathers and Mothers, some form of the contemplative practice we now call Centering Prayer has been with us. Join us as we learn to use this ancient practice to deeper and enrich our spiritual lives.

    Workshop Leader: Edward Groody
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