Spirituality Center●Studium Offerings: October 2021

Ordinary Women: Writing Stories of Extraordinary Love, Endurance, and Creativity

Many of us are blessed to have in our lives ordinary women who never made headlines, won prizes, or had movies made about them. They are our mothers, grandmothers, teachers, aunts, friends. They endured sorrow and hardship; they may have bent under the burdens they carried, but they didn’t lay the burdens down. Best of all, they passed on their gifts of grace, faith and beauty. As Maya Angelou says, “They made our world go round.” In this writing workshop, we will tell the mostly untold stories of these extraordinary women and find ways to share them.

Dates: Saturdays, October 2, 9, 16
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Facilitator: Mara Faulkner, OSB
Limit: 10 participants
Fee: $180

Dancing in the Dark (VIRTUAL)

As one realizes “I am going to be a caregiver,” some of these questions might arise: “Where do I go for help? Who can I turn to? How is God in this? How important is spirituality for me and the person who is ill as we journey together?” We will explore these and other questions together. Short pieces will be sent to registrants to read before each session. The unique character of memory loss presents a special approach to caregiving. It is a sacred time, a sacred journey. Sharing our stories, our questions, helps all of us.

Dates: Mondays, October 4, 11, 18
Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Pat Pickett, OblSB
Fee: $135

Discussion of Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love by Elizabeth Johnson

This book discussion provides an exploration of ways an evolutionary view of creation enriches our understanding of God’s relationship with the natural world and our relationship as human beings with the community of creation. Reflection on how that understanding calls us to change our ways of engaging with creation. Participants will need to obtain a copy of the book.

Dates: Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 9:30–11 a.m.
Facilitators: Katherine Howard, OSB, and Josue Behnen, OSB
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 22
Limit: 8 participants, minimum of 2 participants
Fee: $35

Ordinary Women: Writing Stories of Extraordinary Love, Endurance, and Creativity (VIRTUAL)

Many of us are blessed to have in our lives ordinary women who never made headlines, won prizes, or had movies made about them. They are our mothers, grandmothers, teachers, aunts, friends. They endured sorrow and hardship; they may have bent under the burdens they carried, but they didn’t lay the burdens down. Best of all, they passed on their gifts of grace, faith and beauty. As Maya Angelou says, “They made our world go round.” In this writing workshop, we will tell the mostly untold stories of these extraordinary women and find ways to share them.

Dates: Thursdays, October 7, 14, 21
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Mara Faulkner, OSB
Limit: 10 participants
Fee: $180

Forgiving by Letting Go of Unenforceable Rules

We will explore how our “unenforceable rules” cause us to suffer. Awareness and understanding of this dynamic can help us grow in the ability to forgive, and also in the capacity to “stay with” our experiences—whether our own or that of others. The content will build on the work of Fred Luskin and Bryon Katie.

Dates: Wednesdays, October 13 and 20
Time: 7–9 p.m.
Facilitator: Becky Van Ness, OblSB
Limit: 12 participants, minimum of 7 participants
Fee: $90

All programs are offered in person at the Spirituality Center, unless indicated. If an offering is indicated as virtual, it will take place via Zoom. Virtual participants will need access to a computer with camera, smart phone, tablet or any other device with Zoom capability. All programs and re-treats take place at central time (CT).