CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

SUMMER SESSION II

PRAYER AND MEDITATION/MINDFULNESS

8 WEEKS: JULY 13- AUG 31   –    

Thursdays 12 NOON—2:00PM

FYI: NO MORNING PROGRAM!

12:00 NOON   LUNCH $4.00   Sponsler Hall   

12:30 – 2:00 PM: Afternoon Session  Sponsler Hall.

Plan to attend the Summer Session for a program on prayer and meditation that is certain to include multiple learning styles: video, music, reading, group practice, discussions , with several facilitators throughout the program.

PRAYER: Prayer has been an essential part of Christianity since its earliest days. Prayer is an integral element of the Christian faith and permeates all forms of Christian worship. Prayer in Christianity is the tradition of communicating with God. During the Middle Ages, the monastic traditions of both Western and Eastern Christianity moved beyond vocal prayer to Christian meditation; a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to become aware of and reflect upon the revelations of God.  Christian meditation is the process of deliberately focusing on specific thoughts (such as a bible passage) and reflecting on their meaning in the context of the love of God.

 MEDITATION/MINDFULNESS: For thousands of years, human beings have practiced refined techniques of mental focusing, designed to change the habitual conditioning of the mind. Central to many spiritual and philosophical traditions and known in English as “Meditation”, or  “Mindfulness” these practices are considered a major means for enhanced awareness

JULY 13: INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS

JULY 20: PHILOSOPHIES BEHIND MINDFULNESS

JULY 27: INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUALITY, PRAYER  & CONTEMPLATION

AUGUST 3: FORMS OF PRAYER ~  LECTIO DIVINA

AUGUST 10: MINDFULNESS: CULTIVATING KINDNESS & COMPASSION

AUGUST 17: MINDFULNESS: FACING TRAUMA, AGING, SURGERY, LOSS

AUGUST 24 & 31: SPIRITUALITY, PRAYER & CONTEMPLATION   CONT. . . .The Rosary, Quaker Influences, Taize, and more!

 

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SPRING SESSION 2017

SHORT STORY THEOLOGY: CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR STORIES WE READ 

The Displaced Person by Flannery O’Connor                               

TO READ SHORT STORY CLICK ON LINK BELOW

Displaced-Person by Flannery O’Connor

VIDEO: From the PBS program “The American Short Story” starring Irene Worth, John Houseman, Robert Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Lane Smith & Shirley Stoler. Click on link below 

DISPLACED PERSON VIDEO

Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

Sonny’s Blues”  (1957) is the story of a young jazz musician (Sonny). Set in Harlem, like many of Baldwin’s other work, “Sonny’s Blues” is a constant struggle between light and darkness, failure and redemption.

The Guest  by Albert Camus

 “The Guest”  (1957) Camus employs this short tale to reflect upon issues raised by the political situation in French North Africa. In particular, he explores the problem of refusing to take sides in the colonial conflict in Algeria, something that mirrors Camus’ own non-aligned stance which he had set out in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Read “The Guest”: the guest by albert camus

 

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