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  • 6:30-9:00pm – Introduction to The Value of Surrender and Forgiveness
    6:30 PM-9:00 PM
    2017.07.10

    Giving In and Getting Whole

    Both surrender and forgiveness are powerful tools with which we can change ourselves and change our lives. Their virtues have been recognized through the ages and all the religious traditions of the world have sung their praises. However, as with all powerful tools, they must be used skillfully if they are to be effective. In this workshop, therefore, we will explore the value of surrender, the value of forgiveness, and how they can best be applied in our day-to-day lives.
    Workshop Leader: John Berry

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  • 10:00am-11:30am – Meditation for Experienced Practitioners
    10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    2017.07.14


    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
    2017.07.15

    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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  • Inspirations for Life’s Journey as Presented in Movies
    6:30 PM-9:00 PM
    2017.07.19

    Inspirations for Life’s Journey as Presented in Movies
    Presented by Valerie Taylor


    Wednesday Evenings – Movies begin at 6:30pm
    July 19

    Join us as we look at films that inspire us along life’s journey. We’ll take a look at a different film each week and discuss how it represents the inner journey toward a meaningful life.

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  • 10:00am-11:30am – Meditation for Experienced Practitioners
    10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    2017.07.21


    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
    2017.07.22

    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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  • 6:00-7:30pm Introduction to Sacred Reading
    6:00 PM-7:30 PM
    2017.07.24


    This is the introductory class for the workshop to be held in the fall.

    Reading sacred text as a spiritual practice

    For a very long time, reading the Bible and other sacred texts has been a powerful practice in many spiritual traditions. Lectio Divina (Latin for “Divine Reading”) is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation intended to promote communion with God. Some version of this practice has been used in all faith traditions.

    Participants in this workshop will learn the discipline of sacred reading and then participate, as a group, in the practice using texts from different traditions. Join us for an evening of exploring the world of sacred reading.

    Workshop Leader: Jerry Askew

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  • Inspirations for Life’s Journey as Presented in Movies
    6:30 PM-9:00 PM
    2017.07.26

    Inspirations for Life’s Journey as Presented in Movies
    Presented by Valerie Taylor


    Wednesday Evenings – Movies begin at 6:30pm
    Week 3 – July 26

    Join us as we look at films that inspire us along life’s journey. We’ll take a look at a different film each week and discuss how it represents the inner journey toward a meaningful life.

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  • 10:00am-11:30am – Meditation for Experienced Practitioners
    10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    2017.07.28


    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
    2017.07.29

    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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