Programs

Winter Programs 2017

Thomas Berry, Prophet and Mystic; Wisdom and Inspiration for the Great Work, with Gertie Jocksch

 Thomas Berry can be a guiding through 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. We will explore together Thomas’ worldview that informs his thinking. 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.  

Collaborating with Canadian Memorial United Church

Date: January 14, 2017
Time: 10:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $60.00, please bring lunch, refreshments are servedLocation: Canadian Memorial United Church, 1806 W.15th Ave. & Burrard St. Vancouver

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New Cosmology Primer: Canticle to the Cosmos Part II 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.

This course will offer four more sessions of this 12 hour series with opportunity for questions and sharing: Destruction & Loss, A Magical Planet, Sex, Death & Dreams, The Nature of the Human. Each session is distinct – no need to have watched previous ones.

Date: 4 Tuesday Jan 10 – 31, 2017
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost:   $75 or $20 drop in
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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Thomas Berry; Prophet, Mystic and Visionary with Gertie Jocksch

 What do we need to do to live in a more sustainable way in these times of unparalleled Earth devastation.   This program we will focus on Thomas Berry’s vision of the task to transition from our modern industrial-technological civilization to a more benign mode of human presence to Earth. He says “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.” Are we humans up to making this transition? I think we are?  Join us in this four-week exploration of our way forward in these challenging times.  

Date: 4 Tuesday February 7 – 28, 2017
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost:   $75 or $20 drop in
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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 Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream with Gertie Jocksch & Margaret Walters

We have the resources and technologies to address our global crises. What is missing is the human commitment to make it happen. This program, based on the work of Pachamama, aims to be a transformational educational experience designed to change the collective “dream of the modern world”, from one rooted in consumption and competition to one of sustainability, justice and fulfillment for all.

Collaborating with Royal Roads Continuing Studies

Date: March 04, 2017
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: $95 plus GST
Location: Royal Roads University 2005 Sooke Rd. Victoria
Registration: Best to register by Feb 18, 2017 RRU Continuing Studies, www.royalroads.ca/continuing-studies

 New Cosmology Primer: Canticle to the Cosmos Part III 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.

This course will offer the final four sessions of this 12 hour series with opportunity for questions and sharing: Fire in the Mind, The Timing of Creativity, The Human Story, A New Prosperity. Each session is distinct – no need to have watched previous ones.

Date: 4 Tuesdays, March 7 – 28, 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.

Date: Fri March 24 & Saturday March 25, 2017
Time:  Fri 7 pm 9, Sat 9:30 – 3:30 pm
Cost: $70.00 Please bring lunch, refreshments will be served
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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The Longing of the Universe with Margaret Walters

We will watch “The Fundamental Order of the Universe” from Brian Swimme’s Canticle to the Cosmos series and explore together the rich dynamics of “subjectivity, differentiation, and communion” as the nature, values and direction of Cosmogenesis.

Subjectivity: Everything has an interior dimension, its own depth and resonance with the whole.

Differentiation: The Universe consists of articulated energy centers, each one different and unique

Communion: The Universe is ultimately a communion experience in a multiplicity of centers. “The ultimate aim of the universe is a fullness of differentiation, the deepest subjectivity, the most intimate communion . . . An intense desire for the communion experience generates the heat that burns off the superficialities and activates the dynamics of the universe.”

Collaborating with Canadian Memorial United Church

Dates: Saturday April 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 – 4:00 pm Please bring lunch refreshments will be served
Cost: $60.00
Location: Canadian Memorial United Church, 1806 W.15th Ave. & Burrard St. Vancouver

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