In addition to our core curriculum, we have a number of "companion" offerings — classes and workshops that provide ongoing support for the inward journey of faith through personal growth, the outward journey of community engagement through service and social justice, and a variety of spiritual practices that help to sustain us in mind, heart, and body. See our Current Offerings page for a full listing of all courses, workshops, and groups.
“COME & SEE”: SERVANT LEADERSHIP IN ACTION
Facilitated by Rev. Frank Dew and Kristen Leigh Southworth, M.Div.
Mondays 12–1:30 p.m., Sept. 11–Nov. 6 (9 weeks)
“Servant leadership” is not just a course of study but a way of living in service to God’s dream for a transformed world. Over the years, numerous ministries and non-profits have been born as a result of students discerning a sense of call in their community. This brown bag lunchtime discussion group will offer opportunities to “come and see” the work that is currently being done on a local level on issues like immigration, homelessness, criminal justice reform, hunger, poverty, healthcare, and environmental justice. We’ll hear from experienced servant leaders working with organizations right here in Greensboro, and provide opportunities for reflection and discernment as well as resources for becoming involved.
BECOMING NAVIGATORS FOR CHILDREN IN POVERTY
Led by Dr. Ruth Anderson
Mondays 3–4:30 p.m., Sept. 18–Oct. 2 (3 weeks)
We know that poverty hurts children in our community. We will examine what poverty is and how it impacts children in and out of school. We will consider strategies that might be of service to children and how to recognize not only the challenges but the strengths of people living in poverty. We will have opportunities to learn about ways to engage with vulnerable children in our community.
SACRED ACTIVISM: BEING PRESENT TO CHILDREN IN POVERTY
Facilitated by Dr. Ruth Anderson and other spiritual activists
Mondays 4–6 p.m., Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 30, and Nov. 27
For over ten years, a small group of people have been working together to support local children living in poverty through our work with Partnership Village, a local transitional housing community. We visit with the children on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to provide loving presence and tutoring support as they do their homework. We also offer them healthy snacks, books, and other materials. Join us for any one of our four monthly meetings to learn more about this form of servant leadership and discover how you might become more involved.
WRITING FROM THE HEART
Led by Steve Cushman, MFA
Mondays 6–8 p.m., Sept. 11–Oct. 16 (6 weeks)
This expressive writing workshop will provide you with the opportunity to write about what matters most to you. In a small group setting, we will engage in structured writing exercises and read and discuss writing that deals with matters of the heart and spirit. We will look at ways of generating ideas about your unique experiences and then sharing those ideas in a comfortable environment. Previous experience or comfort with writing is not necessary.
Led by Linda Hiatt, 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher
Tuesdays 9:30–11 a.m., Sept. 12–Nov. 14 (10 weeks)
Prayerful Yoga is a moving meditation that links mind, breath, and body, and encourages participants to surrender to the present moment. Prayerful yoga is suitable for all body types and those with some yoga experience. Together, we will place ourselves in an environment where the movement and meditation draws us closer to “the vital nucleus of things” and helps us listen to our own truth through our shared experience. Please bring a mat or large towel and light blanket.
Led by Dr. Ruth Anderson
Wednesdays 12–12:30 p.m., Sept. 13–Nov. 15 (10 weeks)
We sit in a circle, take three deep breaths, and then enter into 20 minutes of silence together. After the silence, there is an opportunity to share prayer requests for the week, and to pray for ourselves, our community, and our world. No registration is required. Feel free to drop in on any session. Beginners are always welcome.
LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK: DESIGNING & LIVING A LIFE YOU LOVE
Led by Carol Lucas, MPH, BSN and Certified Health & Wellness Coach
Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., Sept. 13–Oct. 18 (6 weeks)
When we find ourselves at a crossroads, in a rut, or facing a time of transition, we have the opportunity to craft a new life vision. Drawing from the wisdom of Parker Palmer and utilizing a variety of interactive teaching and group coaching methods, this course will help you to reflect on your current life status, explore your unique life vision, and begin to craft a clear and compelling path for living into the life you’ve always imagined. Through this work, participants will build a network of support and continuing growth for moving into the next stage of their lives.
MEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP
Led by members of the Men’s Spirituality Group
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, 5:30–8 p.m., starting Sept. 13
The Men’s Spirituality Group is designed to help men grow in relationship, mutual and self-understanding, and spirituality. Our philosophy is based on Richard Rohr’s Reflections on Male Spirituality. We operate through selected readings, individual sharing, open and confidential listening, and various spiritual practices. If you would like to join us, please contact Dick Weller at (336) 897-2503.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE ENNEAGRAM
Led by Marjorie Donnelly, M.Ed. and certified Enneagram Teacher
Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
The Enneagram is a unique model of understanding human behavior that is based in ancient wisdom and informed by contemporary psychology. It identifies nine personality types as different ways of understanding and responding to the world, thus offering a path for deeper self-awareness and greater love of self and others. We will explore the three “centers of intelligence” and the nine expressions of personality found within them. This workshop will be helpful for those who are new to the Enneagram, as well as those who have already been introduced to it but want to expand their understanding. Knowledge of your Type is not necessary, but if you would like to begin the process of discovering it, you can take the online test available at www.enneagraminstitute.com.
CO-CREATION IN CONTEMPLATIVE SINGING & CHANT
Led by Kristen Leigh Southworth, M.Div. and professional singer-songwriter
Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Those who came to last year’s Singing & Chant as a Spiritual Practice workshop, or anyone who feels drawn to singing as a form of spiritual practice, will enjoy this new workshop that invites participants into an even deeper level of understanding the practice of chant singing in the context of co-creation. We will explore the spirituality of improvisation, and learn how to listen for what is asking to be born both in group and individual contexts. Participants will learn skills for facilitating group singing in their own communities, and build a repertoire of songs that can be sung in a variety of spiritual settings by people of all ages and musical experience.
BREATH AS A PATHWAY TO PRESENCE
Led by Summer Estes, LPC and Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator; Christine Edwards & Tony Castle, Certified Transformational Breath Trainers; Rev. Timothy Patterson and Rev. Gregory Farrand
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
This workshop is designed to introduce both new and experienced participants to two powerful breath work modalities: coherence breath and Transformational Breath ®. We will create a safe space for participants to experience the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of breath work, and work with our three centers of intelligence: body, heart and mind. Conscious connected breathing practices are an ancient path for creating fertile ground from which the wisdom of our heart can arise. This one-day, experiential workshop is limited to 14 participants.
(not at Holy Trinity)
CENTERING PRAYER WORKSHOP BY NEXUS JOURNEY®
Led by Dr. Robert C. Shield, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Beaumont, TX.
Location: Christ United Methodist Church, 410 N. Holden Rd.,
Friday, October 20, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words, but this is only one expression. In the Christian tradition, contemplative prayer is considered to be the pure gift of God. It is the opening of mind and heart — our whole being — to God. Through grace, we can open our awareness to God, whom we know by faith is within us, closer to us than breathing, closer to us than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. Centering prayer is designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form. This workshop is sponsored by Nexus Journey and is part of a weekend-long retreat at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center. The cost of the workshop is $55. For more information, visit www.nexusjourney.org, or call 336-323- 8957.