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Core Classes

Our core classes for the Winter/Spring 2018 term will begin in January 2018. 

See our Current Offerings page for a listing of all current courses, workshops, and groups. 

Core Classes

COMMUNION: PRAYER AND THE PRACTICE OF PRESENCE

Led by the Rev. Gregory Farrand

Tuesdays 6–8 p.m., Feb. 6–March 6 (5 weeks)

Thursdays 10 a.m.–Noon, Feb. 8–March 8 (5 weeks)

In this course we explore spiritual practices that can help us deepen our experience of communion with God and become more "present” in our everyday lives, in order to become increasingly transparent to Divine Presence. The central emphasis of this course will be establishing and or deepening our own daily spiritual practice. We will use Cynthia Bourgeault’s book The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice as a guide and draw support and strength from the class as a community of practice.

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COMPASSION: AWAKENING THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE HEART

Led by the Rev. Gregory Farrand

Tuesdays 6–8 p.m., March 13–Apr. 17 (5 weeks)

Thursdays 10 a.m.–Noon, March 15–Apr. 19 (5 weeks)

Compassion is at the very heart of the teaching of Jesus. Compassion flows abundantly in our own lives when our hearts are awakened to the presence of God. Recent scientific research supports the understanding of pre-modern religious traditions that the human heart is more than just a “pump,” but a center of profound emotional and spiritual intelligence, and the instrument by which we can bring our lives into alignment with Divine energy, love, and compassion. Drawing upon modern scientific research as well as classic teachings and practices of the Christian tradition, this class will support students in an experiential process of awakening the intelligence of our own hearts, so that we can increasingly serve as instruments of God’s compassion in the world.

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CALL: CO-CREATION AND THE COMMITMENT TO SACRED SERVICE

Led by Ruth D. Anderson, Ph.D

Tuesdays 6–8 p.m., Feb. 6–Apr. 17 (10 weeks)

Thursdays 10 a.m.–Noon, Feb. 8–Apr. 19 (10 weeks)

We ask the big questions in this class. At this stage of my life: What is the particular piece of God’s dream that has been specifically entrusted to me? What is the purpose for which God has brought me into the world? What has my entire life, to this point, prepared me for? In a community of like-minded participants, we will explore these and other related questions through reflection of our lives, exploration of our gifts, engagement of spiritual practices, and dialogue in circles of trust. We will support one another in discerning God’s call and in bringing our lives into greater alignment with divine power and purpose. This class will include an experience of a Clearness Committee as participant or “focus person” and an exploration of our call as members of a global community as the larger context for our own personal sense of call.

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