Fall 2016

Thomas Berry, Prophet and Mystic, with Gertie Jocksch

Thomas Berry is an inspiration for these challenging times of unparalleled Earth devastation. Our task he says is to begin the transition from our modern industrial-technological civilization to a more benign mode of human presence to Earth. This calls for a radical re-visioning of what it means to be human among the communities of our planet home and how to birth a new age of healing and harmony with all creatures and elements of earth. This he calls “the Great Work”, of our time. Through Thomas’s work we will encounter his mentor Teilhard de Chardin whose understanding of the Cosmos led to his profound understanding of the universe story.

 Date: 4 Tuesday Oct 4 – 25, 2016
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost:   $75 or $20 drop in
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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John O’Donohue – The Four Elements; An exploration with Denis Donnelly

Among the first works that theologian and poet, John O’Donohue ever published were four slim volumes exploring the relationship of humans to the elements that make up the Earth we live on. Although these were published in 1995, the wisdom expressed in these books, drawn from deep springs of Celtic tradition and thought, continued to infuse everything he wrote from then on until his untimely death in 2008. Denis has had the good fortune to walk with John many times through the mountains and valleys of Ireland’s Counties Clare and Galway, and to hear him speak of his thoughts and feelings of the land he loved. On this day of music, poetry, talk, and personal introspection, we will explore the legacy that John left us, and we will consider the question: how can we be fully human on an Earth of Elements.
Working together with Bethlehem Retreat Centre
Fri Oct 28, 2016 – Sat Oct 29, 2016
Fri 7 pm 9, Sat 9:30 – 3:30 pm
Suggested donation:
Residential $180: includes overnight, three meals and two snacks
Commuter $104: includes lunch and 2 snacks
Please do not let cost deter you, call us about our scholarship fund

New Cosmology Primer:  Canticle to the Cosmos Part I with Margaret Walters

The Canticle to the Cosmos series is Brian Swimme’s first, comprehensive summary of what a new cosmology might look like, capturing many of the ideas of his 1984 book, The Universe is a Green Dragon. He is young, full of passion and energy and very inspirational. It was this series that first captured my imagination and drew me into a deep exploration of this new way of looking at reality. Made in the 90’s, the basic ideas are still contemporary and it makes an ideal introduction to or revision of the main concepts of the new cosmology Swimme developed with Thomas Berry.

The series is 12 hours long, so this course will offer the first four hours with opportunity for questions and discussion

Date: 4 Tuesday Nov 8 – 29, 2016
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost:   $75 or $20 drop in
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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Advent for Evolving Mystics with Bruce Sanguin

We are all mystics, evolving in and towards what it means to be deeply human. In this experiential workshop, we will use the scripture readings for the season of Advent to feel into what it would mean to live with more intimacy, intensity, and immensity; more connected with Source, with each other, and with Earth. Our intention will be to create a space together for Wisdom to shape our conversation and way of being together, using poetry, sharing of stories, and other spiritual practices.
Bruce Sanguin is a former United Church Minister, and currently has a psychotherapy practice in Vancouver, B.C. He is the author of six books, including If Darwin Prayed: Prayers for Evolving Mystics.  His latest book, award winning book is The Way of the Wind: The Path and Practice of Evolutionary Christian Mysticism.
Bruce was recently featured in the United Church Observer
We are working together with St. Aidan’s United Church
Date & Time:  Friday Nov 18, lecture 7 – 9, Saturday Nov 19 – reflections 9:30 – 3:3
Cost: Fri & Sat $50, Friday only $15, Sat only $40, Please bring your lunch, refreshments included
Location: St. Aidan’s United Church, 3703 St Aidan’s St, Victoria
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Connecting With The Sacred

“We’re all one.” “We’re all connected.” These statements are backed by science and spirituality. So… how do we more fully experience this oneness or connection, which is our birthright?

Spirit flows in, around and throughout all things from stones on the beach to giant cedars to an ordinary pencil. Experiencing this sacred presence is always accessible. In this program, Sherry will show you what is in the way of experiencing your connectedness or oneness with aspects of the world, and then lead you to an opportunity to deeply experience your sacred connection, in the presence of which, your relatedness is apparent, healing occurs, and guidance is more readily available.

Date: Sat. Nov 26., 2016
Time:  10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Cost: $65, please bring your lunch, refreshments are served
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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