Fall 2016

Great Tide Rising with Kathleen Dean Moore

Even as tides rise against the shores, another great tide is rising – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future of the lovely, reeling planet. Kathleen Dean Moore takes on the essential questions: Why is it wrong to wreck the world? What is our obligation to the future? What is the transformative power of moral resolve? Her words are at once heartbreaking and motivating, terrifying and empowering, analytical and lyrical, hopeful and strategic.
We are working together with Canadian Memorial United Church
Date: Wednesday Sept 14, 2016
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Cost: $20.00
Location: Canadian Memorial United Church, 1806 W.15th Ave. & Burrard St. Vancouver
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Intimate with the Earth: a Work and Play Shop with Pauline Le Bel

We have a new sacred narrative for the world – a scientific cosmology that redefines the role of humans and offers hope in these challenging times. Pauline Le Bel, in her book, Becoming Intimate with the Earth, offers powerful ways to live inside that story.
With wisdom, wit, poetry and music, Pauline will guide workshop participants through the Ways of Intimacy described in her book:
Wonder, Emptiness, Imagining, Transformation, Community
Immerse yourself in Earth’s beauty and generosity. Experience how you are embraced by, and embedded in, the natural world. And come away with your own intimacy practices.
“Pauline, with movement, dance, voice, song, you electrify us. You are a way the Universe maintains its deep zest.”
~ Brian Swimme, author The Universe is a Green Dragon
About Pauline
Pauline Le Bel is a masterful storyteller, Emmy-nominated screenwriter, and award-winning novelist for The Song Spinner. She is a professional singer who has recorded five CDs of her original music. A provocative keynote speaker, she has been called “an aphrodisiac of ideas.”
Her poetic, musical telling of the evolutionary story of the universe has received praise from participants, educators, and the scientific community.

For those who would like to purchase the book before the retreat, please email Pauline at or send a cheque for $25 to Pauline at P.O. Box 412, Bowen Island BC V0N 1G0.

We are working together with Bethlehem Retreat Centre

Date: Fri Sep 23, 7 – 9 pm and Sat Sep 24, 9 am – 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Suggested donation:
Residential $180
includes overnight, three meals and two snacks.
Commuter $104
includes lunch and 2 snacks
Location:  Bethlehem Retreat Centre, 2371 Arbot Rd. Nanaimo

Making a Place We Can All Call Home: Soul-Work for Earth Partisans With Ian Wight

 Placemaking is a human art and practice from time immemorial. Primarily, it is people who make a place – the people in the place, the people of the place. But this can often be missed today, through being ‘lost in space’. Our relationship with place can easily be taken for granted, but it might well merit closer discernment to help us better negotiate these challenging times – together. In particular, how might we go about making a place we can all call home? What’s the story here, the underlying poetry, the divinity at work? During this program we’ll consider what we might mean by place, especially vis-à-vis space, wondering about its sacred and secular attributes, and its combination of primalcy and potency. It will consider our ‘sense of place’, in terms of sensing place within us – an inter-meshing of ‘outer’ and ‘inner’ sense-making. Ian draws particularly on application of an integral perspective, grounded in a selection of blessings from theologian and poet, John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us.

(For those who sense a ‘maker’ of sorts within themselves, including their role in the making of the places that they happen to love and cherish, and an interest in becoming a better maker of such places with others)

 Date: 4 Wednesdays, Sept 28 – Oct 19, 2016
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Cost:   $75 or $20 drop in
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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Earth Literacies Book Club: The Living Universe by Duane Elgin First Sunday of month | 1– 3 PM | Sun, Oct 2, 2016—Sun, June 4, 2017 | Purchase own copy. Please see the BLOG section on our website for more on The Living Universe Contact Gertie Jocksch or Margaret Walters if you are interested in attending  Location: Private Home

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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The Mystic Future of Christianity with Bruce Sanguin

“The Christian of the future will either be a mystic, that is somebody who has experienced something, or be nothing at all” (Karl Rahner). 

In this series of talks Bruce Sanguin, author of the award-winning, The Way of the Wind: The Path and Practice of Evolutionary Christian Mysticism, will explore what this means in a universe that is continually evolving. Each evening participants will experience a new core practice of evolutionary spirituality. These practices include: Listening for the Crackle of the New; Speak True Words; Take Responsibility: Receive Freedom; Fail Bravely; and Surrender to Grace. 

 Dates: Friday Oct 21, 7 – 9 pm and Saturday Oct 22, 9:30 – 3:30 pm
Cost: $90.00 Please bring your lunch, refreshments are provided.
Location: St. Philip’s Anglican Church   3737 W. 27th Ave. Vancouver

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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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