Fall 2019 Victoria

The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos by Brian Swimme with Margaret Walters and Val Murray

Brian Swimme explores the origins and emergence of the universe in relation to the human quest for meaning and integrity. He challenges the “religion of consumerism” that has produced devastating consequences for the planet and human well-being and invites instead a “deep zest for life.” This is classic Brian Swimme from his early contribution to the New Story in the closing years of the 20th century. We will engage this series with personal and group reflection.

Flowing from The Hidden Heart of the Cosmosprogram, Val will lead a Way of Council session. The Way of Council is a practice of listening and speaking from the heart. In a circle of safety, using a talking piece, Council invites us to experience a way of communicating that helps free us from hierarchical authority patterns. Ultimately, it is a way of life in community that practitioners come to see as spiritual practice and commitment to awakening the desire for deeper consciousness of Self, Other, and the Larger Mystery. Council provides a source of wisdom that flows from the wholeness of the circle, revealing itself as the “truth of council.”

Date: 4 Tuesdays, Oct 8 – 29, 2019
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost: $75 or $20 Drop in
Location:   Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St. Victoria

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Earth-Centred Habits of the Heart with Lisa Gordon

Join our exploration of the ‘Five Habits of the Heart’ that Parker J. Palmer describes in his book, Healing the Heart of Democracy. Each of the five sessions will focus on how to cultivate one of these habits in our relationship with Earth and each other.

1) An understanding that we are all in this together

2)  An appreciation of the value of otherness

3)  An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways

4)  A sense of personal voice and agency

5)  A capacity to create community

This will be the 5th program Lisa Gordon has delivered for us since she was accredited by Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage and Renewal. 

“Hope … is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.” Vaclav Havel

Date: 5 Tuesdays, Nov 5 – Dec 3 , 2019
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost:  $90 or $20 Drop in
Location:   Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St. Victoria

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Vancouver Fall 2019

Becoming a New People for a New Planet: Exploring the Dynamism of Nature with Ilia Delio PhD 

Here we will explore Teilhard de Chardin’s vision of planetization by focusing on the complementarity between humans and cosmos and the mystical dimension of being, in which the outer world is within and the inner world is without.  We will build on the core energy of Love at the heart of the cosmos and examine how artificial intelligence is changing the boundaries of relationships with the potential for an ultrahumanism up ahead.  

Date & Time:  Lecture, Friday Oct 18, 7 – 9 pm Cost:  $25.00
Workshop, Saturday Oct 19, 10 am – 4 pm. Cost:  $125
Location: Canadian Memorial United Church, 1806 W 15th Ave Vancouver, BC

Working together with Canadian Memorial United Church, St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church & (r)Evolutionary Theology Group

Please do not let cost deter you, ask us about our scholarship fund.

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Thomas Berry, Prophet and Mystic with Gertie Jocksch SC, DMin

There are many challenges facing us as an earth community: climate change, species extinction, economic collapse, etc.   Ecotheologian, Roman Catholic priest and Cultural Historian, Thomas Berry spoke of these challenges many years ago and he offers an alternative of deeply affirming the sacred quality of Earth.  He calls this The Great Work, which he sees as a spiritual calling, namely one of a mutually enhancing relationship between earth and humans.   Through this day we will explore together Thomas’s insights and the actions we can take to participate in The Great Work.   

Date & Time: Saturday, Nov 9, 2019, 10am – 4pm
Cost:  $75,   Please bring lunch, refreshments are served.Location: Canadian Memorial United Church, 1806 W 15th Ave Vancouver, BC

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