Fall 2020

What is New in the New Cosmology?

with Diarmuid O’Murchu

Ever since the Agricultural Revolution some 10,000 years ago, we humans have treated our earth – and creation at large – as an object to be controlled, manipulated, and used to our human advantage. Obviously, that approach became even more entrenched after the Industrial Revolution in more recent centuries. Treating creation in this way is becoming highly destructive for all life-forms, human and non-human alike. Moreover, both science and spirituality throughout the 20th century, have been challenging us to a different way of being cosmic and earth-centred creatures. I will outline some of the major challenges of this new way of being cosmic-planetary beings.
Diarmuid O’Murchu, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, predominantly in London, UK. In that capacity he has worked as a couple’s counsellor, in bereavement work, AIDS-HIV counselling, and, in more recent times, with homeless people and refugees. As a workshop leader and group facilitator he has worked in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, The Philippines, Thailand, India, and in several African countries, facilitating programmes on Adult Faith Development. His best known books include Quantum Theology (1996 – revised in 2004),  Ancestral Grace (2008), Jesus in the Power of Poetry (2009), Christianity’s Dangerous Memory (2011), In the Beginning was the Spirit (2012),  God in the Midst of Change (2013) and On Being a Postcolonial Christian (2014).  He now lives in Dublin, Ireland

Date: Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 & Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific
Cost: $40 (2 sessions of 2 hrs each)
Location: Zoom on-line.  A link to the program will be sent to you when you register
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Understanding Our Place In Creation: A Call to Ecospirituality with Carol-Jean Willie SC

Ecospirituality calls us to be at one with all of creation; to recognize that we are part of a vast evolving web in which we are interrelated and interconnected with all other life forms. This session will provide a deeper understanding of ecospirituality and offer practical ideas to enhance your understanding of the role you play as an integral part of creation. 

 Date & Time:  Four Tuesdays Sept 29, Oct 06, 20 & 27th  10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific time zone
Cost:  $50
Location: Zoom on-line.  A link to the program will be sent to you when you register
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Reconnecting to Life, A transformative process for challenging times 

with Jackie Larkin and Maggie Ziegler

This program is full.  We are taking a waiting list.  If we have enough people we will offer it again.  Thank you for your interest.

In these distressing and uncertain times, marked by the pandemic, climate emergency and deep social and environmental inequity, the pain and suffering caused by human systems of dominance is laid bare. Whether or not we are actively involved in movements for resistance and transformation, or feeling isolated and alone, we experience confusion, pain and uncertainty. We are reminded that we need one another.

This intimate zoom gathering, limited to 12 registrants, offers three Saturday morning explorations of experiential practices that engage our whole selves in deepening our connections to ourselves, our human community and all life on earth. Exploring our gratitude for life as well as the pain we carry for the imperiled state of our world, participants will gain personal insight, resources, and renewed energy for bringing their gifts into service of life.

Before each of the three sessions, participants will receive reflections and instructions for an outdoor activity. These will be an integral part of the program and we ask everyone to commit to these activities as well as to all three zoom sessions.

Jackie Larkin and Maggie Ziegler are skilled facilitators who have co-facilitated the reconnecting work twenty years. They integrate a wide range of experiences and perspectives into their facilitation, and have trained extensively with eco-philosopner Joanna Macy, who developed a pioneering form of group work called The Work That Reconnects. Maggie and Jackie are walking the path of grounding this work in practices of decolonization.  

Date & Time:  3 Saturdays, Oct 24, 31 and Nov 7, 2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

Cost:  $45

Location: Zoom on-line.  A link to the program will be sent to you when you register
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Emergence and Convergence in Teilhard de Chardin’s The Human Phenomenon

With Margaret Walters

Written in 1938, during a time of great conflict, The Human Phenomenon by visionary, paleontologist, and geologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, is his book of the Earth – an epic journey which tracks the growth of complexity and consciousness to release what he called the ‘spirit of the Earth.’ Teilhard guides his readers back in space–time to experience the birth of our planet, the emergence of life and consciousness, the beginning of human thought and socialization, and the unique mode of human unfolding as humanity covers the whole planet in an entirely new membrane, the Noosphere. In this two part series, we will explore the major patterns of emergence and convergence in Teilhard’s masterwork and discuss its relevance to our own times.

Margaret Walters is the author of The Cosmic Pilgrim, (2010, Wipf & Stock, Eugene, Oregon) which is a spiritual exploration of the new story of science and religion through journeying with Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme. Margaret started her career as a teacher but then moved to retreat work, parish ministry, and spiritual direction. In July 2018 Margaret completed an MA in Theological Studies. She is currently contributing to program development for Programs in Earth Literacies.

Date:  2 Tuesdays on Nov. 3 & 10, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific 
Cost:  $40
Location:  Zoom on-line – a link to the program will be sent to you when you register
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No Justice – No Peace 

with Diarmuid O’Murchu  

Already in the 21st century we have witnessed huge devastation to human and non-human life alike. Violence among humans is a reflection of the ravages we carry out on the Earth itself, its organic systems, and other life forms. The global impact of Covid 19, like MERS, SARS, and Ebola, is linked to our violent behaviour in exploiting other non-human beings. Justice and peace are deeply intertwined, and neither is possible without the eco-justice that will challenge us to relate in a different, non-violent way – among ourselves, as humans, and in conjunction with all the others with whom we share the web of life. 

Date:  Saturday Nov 14 & Sunday Nov 15, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific 
Cost:  $40
Location:  Zoom on-line – a link to the program will be sent to you when you register
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