Meeting Mary Again for the First Time

Come join an early spring exploration of a fertile symbol of creativity! Through the lenses of music, art, poetry, and theology as well as our personal experience, we’ll explore the creative role that Mary of Nazareth has played in various spiritualities and peoples, including Mother of Jesus, Mother of God, Mother of the Church and Mother of us All.

Mariam: Mizna Arab Film Fest Tour

A rare portrait of the coming-of-age of a Muslim teen, Mariam addresses Islamophobia, the diversity of the Muslim experience, the choice of some Muslim women to wear the hijab, and the assimilation and acceptance of Muslims in the west. Written and directed by Saudi filmmaker and former Washington Post Gulf correspondent Faiza Ambah, the film was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Dubai International Film Festival.

The Welcoming Prayer

The Welcoming Prayer is a simple and practical way to let go of the afflictive emotions that arise regularly. This is a discipline for daily life which originated through Centering Prayer, as a supplemental practice during active times. Join us as we learn through practice this way of being present to reality by being free from the painful narratives that frequently hold us captive.

Bob Schmitt: One Stroke Makes a Painting

Painting the ensō is a koan in motion. Pick up the brush and get ready to leap into this moment. No experience or talent is needed; laughter and encouragement are guaranteed! Come learn the practice of grinding ink/loading brush, practice the immediacy of putting ink to paper, explore the honesty of working with these ancient materials, and discover how much can be revealed in painting a simple circle.

Hedgerow Initiative: In the Mystery

New questions provoke new language to open our theological imaginations to fresh insights. This course journeys toward the 25th anniversary of the transformative 1993 Re-Imagining Conference using texts by ecofeminist theologian Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, and process theologian Catherine Keller. Johnson nourishes the Creed with the living tradition of her book She Who Is and helps us recognize the Spirit in our experience. Keller leads us beyond the binary, the absolute and the dissolute, to the resolute, to commitment and action.

Labyrinth Design and Construction

Are you dreaming of having a labyrinth of your own, making a temporary labyrinth for an event, or helping your school or church create a labyrinth? This morning workshop will explore labyrinth design considerations, materials, site, orientation and more. Experience making several labyrinth styles and learn what makes a viable design. No experience needed. Bring your notebook, ideas or simply come ready for creative fun.

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions Winter/Spring 2018

Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir: themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the spirit’s movement. Sessions include writing exercises, examples from leading and emerging writers, lecture, and small group conversation.