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Group Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum

September 18, 2017 / Monday - May 21, 2018 / Monday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

The group spiritual director supervision practicum is for experienced spiritual directors who feel called to journey more deeply into their ministry supporting other directors. Recognizing our own shadows and strengths makes us more available to the Spirit through self-awareness and interior freedom. We will explore: God’s movements during direction sessions; contemplative prayer using the Examen; models of peer group supervision; and the role of the supervisor.

Series Dates:

  • September 18, 2017'
  • October 16, 2017
  • November 20, 2017
  • December 18, 2017
  • January 15, 2018
  • February 19, 2018
  • March 19, 2018
  • April 16, 2018
  • May 21, 2018

Cost does not include book fee.

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  • Date: Monday 09/18/2017 - Monday 05/21/2018
  • Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $320.00

Women's Sexual Assault Support Group of Grand Rapids (WSASG )

December 07, 2017 / Thursday - May 24, 2018 / Thursday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Learning Programs

WSASG is a community-based peer support group of women who identify as survivors of sexual assault, incest, or other forms of sexual violence. WSASG believes that all women are stronger when gathered together to heal from the traumatic effects of sexual assault.

This group is confidential; only first names are shared. There is no requirement for membership; anyone who identifies as a woman and a survivor of sexual assault, abuse, or violence is welcome.

For more information visit wsasg.org or email info@wsasg.org

  • Date: Thursday 12/07/2017 - Thursday 05/24/2018
  • Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Cost: $0.00

Lectio Divina - Every Wednesday

December 13, 2017 / Wednesday - May 30, 2018 / Wednesday, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Learning Programs

Lectio Divina is a way of praying the Scriptures so that the Word of God may penetrate our hearts. This prayerful practice is a blend of silence and slow, prayerful reading of Scripture.

Occurs every Wednesday from 12:00 - 12:30 pm.

There is no cost or registration for this event.

  • Date: Wednesday 12/13/2017 - Wednesday 05/30/2018
  • Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Guiding Directed Retreats Practicum

January 17, 2018 / Wednesday - May 16, 2018 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

The Guiding Directed Retreats Practicum is for experienced spiritual directors who feel a call to journey with directees in a retreat setting. Our focus is on exploring the dynamics of daily prayer and movement on retreat, using the insights of Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and David Benner.

Series Dates:

  • January 17, 2018
  • February 21, 2018
  • March 21, 2018
  • April 18, 2018
  • May 16, 2018

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  • Cost: $250.00

We Live Inside a Story

January 22, 2018 / Monday - April 23, 2018 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Storytelling and community are two energies that can move a person to pay greater attention to the movements of the Divine in the everyday.

So I'm writing, I suppose, hoping… just to exist somehow in the fullness and unspeakableness of the present and to let whatever is down in the [inner] holy place to drift up.
- Frederick Buechner

Author and theologian Frederick Buechner preaches about delving into life’s predictability to discover great significance in the remarkable ordinary. In this workshop, come and hear stories, read stories, and bring your stories to life.

Required reading: The Remarkable Ordinary: How to Stop, Look and Listen to Life, by Frederick Buechner.

Series Dates:

  • January 22, 2018
  • February 26, 2018
  • March 26, 2018
  • April 23, 2018

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FD: Evangelization

 

  • Cost: $90.00

Spirituality Through a Camera Lens

February 21, 2018 / Wednesday - May 16, 2018 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Featured Programs

Discovering the sacred in our daily lives through photography allows us to learn by the act of framing a moment in time. When you are in the flow of capturing photos, it becomes a
spiritual discipline - you are praying with your eyes and your heart.

It's less what the eye sees and more what the soul feels.
- unknown

Spirituality Through a Camera Lens gently guides us in seeing the holy in our lives and capturing it in our photography. Over four sessions, participants of all levels will be coached through artistic and technical skills of camera use; complete photo assignments in and outside of each class; and share the sacred stories of their photographs with one another.

At the conclusion of the course, participants are invited to add a photo to an exhibit at Dominican Center at Marywood Art Gallery  Please bring your camera to each session. Cell phones and cameras are welcomed.

Series Dates

  • February 21, 2018
  • March 14, 2018
  • April 11, 2018
  • May 16, 2018

Cost: $45 / students $10

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $45.00

Foundations in Wisdom: Where Spirituality, Justice & Mercy Intersect

March 12, 2018 / Monday - May 07, 2018 / Monday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

Building on our connected, common humanity, Foundations in Wisdom offers the tools, resources, and experiences to renew one’s spiritual foundation, as well as the resolve to live in this world with compassion and to respond with contemplative service.

Martin Luther King knew that God and God alone gives us the interior resources to bear the burdens and tribulations of life, especially those that come as we fulfill our call to serve others and stand for what is right in this world. Had he not known how to move from action back into prayer - how to tap into a deeper Source than mere human activism - we would have lost him to fear and discouragement; the forces of evil would have prevailed, at least for a little while longer.
- Ruth Haley Barton, Author
MLK Jr. and the Soul of Leadership

All faith traditions and wisdom teachers are rooted in their commitment to social justice and to those living in the margins of society. The givens of our faith include being good stewards
of the earth, empowering the vulnerable to live with dignity, and standing in equity with all peoples.

This spiritual formation experience guides participants toward a deeper understanding that will awaken and strengthen a commitment to justice.

  • Companion with wisdom teachers who came before us - Dorothy Day, Howard Thurman, Monseñor Oscar Romero, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Teresa de Avila, St. Francis of Assisi.
  • Companion with wisdom teachers still with us - Richard Rohr, Joan Chittister, Malala Yousafzai, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Margaret Benefiel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pope Francis, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Don Goergen, OP.
  • Companion with prophetic wisdom yet to come.
  • Journey near and far to witness and participate in the work of those making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Develop resources for cultivating the practices of meditation and contemplation in today’s world.
  • Share one’s story and have one’s story be heard through the art of holy listening and conversation.

Series Dates

  • March 12, 2018
  • March 26, 2018
  • April 9, 2018
  • April 23, 2018
  • May 7, 2018

Retreat: May 19, 2018 /  9:00 am - Noon

Cost: $475, plus book fees. If you would like information regarding a payment plan or scholarship, please email Margarita Solis-Deal, Director of Dominican Center: msolis-deal@Dominicancenter.com

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FD: Spirituality

 

  • Date: Monday 03/12/2018 - Monday 05/07/2018
  • Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $475.00

Feldenkrais Method Spring 2018 Series

April 02, 2018 / Monday - June 18, 2018 / Monday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learning Programs

With the Feldenkrais Method, be verbally guided through exercises and learn how intentional movement can break habitual patterns and instill new ways of thinking, feeling, and moving.

Our only limitation is our belief that it is so.
– Moshe Feldenkrais

The exercises are non-judgmental, non-competitive, and self-directed so that each person progresses at his or her own pace. Mats and small pillows provided. Wear comfortable clothing. Registration is required due to space limitations.

This program has reached capacity. Please call 616-514-3325 to be placed on the waiting list.

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Chair Yoga on Tuesday Mornings

April 03, 2018 / Tuesday - June 12, 2018 / Tuesday, 10:30am - 11:30am

Learning Programs

Chair Yoga uses a chair for greater support and stability within the practice. With an emphasis on the breath, alignment, and taking things at your own pace, Chair Yoga brings simplicity to the practice for easeful connection with the healing and restorative benefits yoga offers.

Yoga begins right where I am –
not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.
– Linda Sparrowe

In each yoga session, experience conscious awareness of breath, observe sensations in the body, notice thoughts, and expand the heart center.

Dominican Center’s yoga sessions create a healing space for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions so poses and breath work are accessible to all. For those new to yoga or working with special concerns and injuries, poses are modified and supported with props and detailed instruction for comfort and safety. Props are provided by Dominican Center at no additional cost.

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Chair Yoga on Thursday Evenings

April 05, 2018 / Thursday - June 14, 2018 / Thursday, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Learning Programs

Chair Yoga uses a chair for greater support and stability within the practice. With an emphasis on the breath, alignment, and taking things at your own pace, Chair Yoga brings simplicity to the practice for easeful connection with the healing and restorative benefits yoga offers.

Yoga begins right where I am –
not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.
– Linda Sparrowe

In each yoga session, experience conscious awareness of breath, observe sensations in the body, notice thoughts, and expand the heart center.

Dominican Center’s yoga sessions create a healing space for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions so poses and breath work are accessible to all. For those new to yoga or working with special concerns and injuries, poses are modified and supported with props and detailed instruction for comfort and safety. Props are provided by Dominican Center at no additional cost.

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Gentle Yoga on Thursday Evenings

April 05, 2018 / Thursday - June 14, 2018 / Thursday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Learning Programs

This gentle class offers a peaceful session to gradually build strength and range of motion. With this quiet practice, experience how mindful movement and breath work can deliver much-needed nurturing, rest, and clarity.

The body is my temple, asanas are my prayers.
– BKS Iyengar

Using gentle and mindful movement as well as nourishing breath work, Gentle Yoga encourages softly stretching and strengthening. In each session, experience conscious awareness of breath, observe sensations in the body, notice thoughts, and expand the heart center.

Dominican Center’s yoga sessions create a healing space for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions so poses and breath work are accessible to all. For those new to yoga or working with special concerns and injuries, poses are modified and supported with props and detailed instruction for comfort and safety. Props are provided by Dominican Center at no additional cost.

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Restorative Yoga on Thursday Evenings

April 05, 2018 / Thursday - June 14, 2018 / Thursday, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Learning Programs

Calm the mind and nourish the body with Restorative Yoga. Restorative poses are held on a mat and deeply supported with yoga props. The practice seeks to balance the physical, mental, and spiritual while also experiencing profound rest and relaxation.

Don’t practice yoga to get better at yoga; practice yoga to get better at living.
- unknown

Using gentle and mindful movement as well as nourishing breath work, Restorative Yoga encourages softly stretching and strengthening. In each session, experience conscious awareness of breath, observe sensations in the body, notice thoughts, and expand the heart center.

Dominican Center’s yoga sessions create a healing space for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions so poses and breath work are accessible to all. For those new to yoga or working with special concerns and injuries, poses are modified and supported with props and detailed instruction for comfort and safety. Props are provided by Dominican Center at no additional cost.

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Conversation of the Heart: Honoring Fear

April 19, 2018 / Thursday - May 03, 2018 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Learning Programs

Contemplative learning program, Conversation of the Heart: Honoring Fear, shows us that when we live from a place of deep-seated disquiet and dis-ease we often find anxiety and dread claim us and keep us small. But when we give up our worry and dread - and instead live lives inspired by spirituality and trust in the Divine - we can take action to fully live our lives, to find our voices and speak out, and to make change for ourselves and others.

Every time fear wins, you lose.
Every time you choose fear, you lose sight of your highest aspirations...
To access our courage, we must uncover, accept, and embrace our fears.
- Debbie Ford

Based on the work of Debbie Ford, spiritual teacher and author, this contemplative learning program explores the concepts presented by Debbie in her best-selling books Dark Side of the Light Chasers and The Right Questions. In this workshop, uncover the wounds that source your anxiety; explore what you would need to know or understand to let go of fear; and understand what stands between you and your faith that everything in your life is as it should be.

Series Dates

  • April 19, 2018
  • April 26, 2018
  • May 3, 2018

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  • Cost: $60.00

Remembering God's Love Through Memory Loss

April 27, 2018 / Friday - June 15, 2018 / Friday, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Learning Programs

Please join us in remembering as God remembers, even as others may forget. Both family caregivers and their loved one with memory loss are invited to attend together. This program is designed to:

  • Give time for family caregivers to nurture and renew their spirit as we celebrate and support the role of family caregiver.  Family caregivers will have time to share their story with one another and journey in support of each other.  This portion of the morning is facilitated by Tim Tuthill, LMSW
  • Offer loved ones with memory loss an opportunity to participate in a creative program engaging them in their present moment and embracing them as they are.  Loved ones with memory loss will be gently guided through an artful experience with Leara Glinzak. MSAT
  • Provide both the family caregiver and their loved one a common guided experience as at the end of the morning, the two groups unite and share a common experience.

In Kent County alone, nearly 10,000 people live with memory loss and dementia, and the number is expected to grow. It is a disease that forces family caregivers to make great sacrifices and to redefine their relationship with their loved ones throughout the process of memory loss.

Join us in remembering as God remembers.

2018 Dates

  • April 27
  • May 4, 11, 18, 25
  • June 1, 8, 15

Cost: $40 ($5/session)

Space is limited; please register early.

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FD: Spirituality/Evangelization

  • Cost: $40.00

Dominican Associates and Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids: Annual Luncheon

April 28, 2018 / Saturday, 11:00am - 1:00pm

The Dominican Sisters and Dominican Associate Luncheon was established in 2013 for Associates and Sisters to get to know one another, enjoy each other’s company, and share stories together.  The Associates participate in the common life value of Dominicans by being attentive to the common good of their life situations including building community with the Dominican Sisters.  The luncheon has also been held in recent years around the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena to celebrate her life and writings.

The suggested donation for this event is $10.00.

  • Date: Saturday 04/28/2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Be Still in Sacred Spaces: A Morning of Relaxation and Peace

May 05, 2018 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Featured Programs

The best gift that you can give the world is a you that is fully present. Come, retreat to a place focused on quieting the environment around and all that is within you. Learn to respond to your need and longing for time and space to renew body, mind, and spirit. Retreat fees include continental breakfast.

Gentle Yoga: Come Home to Yourself, with Kathy JulienReturn home to yourself as you build awareness of your breath, observe the body's sensations, notice thoughts, and expand the heart. As you move through this practice, explore how mindful movement and breath work can deliver much-needed nurturing, rest, and clarity. Gentle yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions.

I Light: Release and Trust the Journey, with Leara Glinzak, MSAT - Using an art experiential, explore how imagination, creativity, and faith, when woven together, creates centering. During this session, ground in your faith and experience a creative process and an art therapy directive that will guide you on an introspective journey.

Labyrinth Walk: Connect With Your Truth, with Susan Duesbery - Known as a path of prayer, or as a path of meditation, the labyrinth has an uncanny ability to help access our deepest truths. In challenging times, labyrinth walking graciously offers profound guidance on how to navigate our journeys with an open, loving heart.

Moving Meditation, with Nahed Fernando - Nature is your spiritual companion for this contemplative walk through the St. Francis Garden for Prayer and Meditation. Walking meditation allows us use the physical, mental, and spiritual experience of walking to develop our ability to take awareness of the holy and sacred within our ordinary lives.

Seated Stillness: Finding Sacred Space Within, with Sandra MitchellIn this restful session, using seated guided meditation, silence, and gentle inquiry of the heart, seek stillness and discernment of what will best serve you in your journey of finding sacred space within.

Zentangle®: Be Present, with Amy Kam, CZT - The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This artistic form of meditation creates a safe space for you to discover new ways to open up to your self-expression, and allows you to explore how to overcome perfection and see the beauty in all things.

Reserve your space today by registering and paying online.

FD: Spirituality

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  • Date: Saturday 05/05/2018
  • Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
  • Cost: $20.00

Friends of God and Prophets ~ A Directed Preached Retreat

May 06, 2018 / Sunday - May 11, 2018 / Friday, 7:00pm - 1:00pm

The life of the Trinity is one of profound relationship.  Through the gifts of Jesus and the Spirit, we have the invitation and capacity to become friends of God.  In this retreat, we will reflect on God’s friendship with us and on ours with God, one another and the planet.  We will also look at friendship in Dominican tradition and life.

Cost:

  • $300/ includes meal and retreat.  This does not include overnight space
  • $475/ includes meal, retreat, and overnight space. Space is limited. Please call 616.514.3325 for this option.
  • $200/ includes meal and retreat  for vowed religious women.   Please use the code: SISTER to get this retreat price upon registering.

 

  • Cost: $300.00

Tuesday Tabletalk - Forgiveness: A Response to Hate, An Interfaith Conversation

May 08, 2018 / Tuesday, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

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In this Tuesday Tabletalk - Forgiveness: A Response to Hate, explore the teachings on forgiveness that are found in all faith traditions. We have all suffered due to the wrongs done to us. Others have been hurt by our own actions. Many of us look to our faith for guidance on how to forgive, when to forgive, and why to forgive.

Forgiveness is defined as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they deserve your forgiveness.
- Greater Good Magazine

Dominican Center at Marywood | Celebrating 25 Years with Prophetic Voices | Grand Rapids, MI

Faith traditions teach us that true forgiveness leads to peace; yet this is nota natural response for many of us. Many times we remain in the tension that exists in the decision to grant and receive forgiveness, or not. Connected by our common humanity, we gather this evening in an open and safe conversation on forgiveness.

Grand Rapids Poet Laureate, Marcel "Fable the Poet" Price and Rev. Madelyn Thompson will share with us their compelling reflections on forgiveness to guide us into safe conversations. We will lean into forgiveness and gain insights from others gathered around the dinner table.

Cost includes vegetarian meal.

Cost: $20 / $10 students, use coupon code studenttabletalk for this discount

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FD: Spirituality

Reflective Film: The Nightingale Ye Ying - Le promeneur d'oiseau

May 18, 2018 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

The May Reflective Film Series features The Nightingale Ye Ying - Le promeneur d'oiseau, This sweetly affecting Chinese film about an elderly man who opens his spoiled granddaughter to the analog world during a road trip across rural China. Not Rated.

Co-sponsored by the Dominican Associates. Special thanks to Zulema Moret, Dominican Associate, for her generosity.

Popcorn and soda provided.

  • Date: Friday 05/18/2018
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Zentangle®: Tangles in Nature

May 23, 2018 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Explore beautiful patterns found in nature with Zentangle. Allow nature’s patterns to be your string, and experiment with botanical-based tangles to produce a four-paneled work of art. This program will include a short walk through the meditation garden at Marywood, weather permitting. Bring your Zentangle toolkit.

The Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor and model for inspiring a deliberate artistry in life.
- zentangle.com

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This artistic form of meditation creates a safe space for you to discover new ways to open up to your self-expression, and allows you to explore how to overcome perfection and see the beauty in all things.

Prerequisite: Exploring Zentangle or Introduction to Zentangle

Cost: $35, materials included

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  • Cost: $35.00

Holy Land Retreat with Barbara Reid, OP and Leslie Hoppe, OFM

May 27, 2018 / Sunday - June 09, 2018 / Saturday

Join us for a prayerful journey to the Land of Jesus and the Gospels. Enjoy the Sea of Gallilee and the holy places in the northern part of Israel; then spend time in the Old City of Jerusalem and visit the holy places there.

For more than 30 years, Catholic Theological Union Bible faculty have lead Biblical Study and Travel Programs. This year’s program will be guided by Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, Professor of New Testament Studies, and Fr. Leslie Hoppe, OFM, Professor of Old Testament Studies.

Both Sr. Barbara and Fr. Leslie have excellent knowledge of the Scriptures that have been their lives’ work, and alrso many years of experience in guiding groups throughout Israel. As a retreat, this trip will visit the holy sites around Israel and reflect and pray with the stories of those sites.

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  • Date: Sunday 05/27/2018 - Saturday 06/09/2018

Creative Transformation: Quiet the Voice in Your Head

June 06, 2018 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

We are often hard on ourselves, making it difficult to listen to anything but the negative chatter in our minds. In this Creative Transformation session, challenge your inner critic with an art and writing process that focuses on self-love and empowerment. This creative workshop will remind us that we are all children of God, which supports us in befriending and quieting disempowering thoughts and move toward living a more spiritually-fulfilled life.

Creative Transformation programs are facilitated by Art Therapist Leara Glinzak. She is recognized as a gentle, interactive presence that guides participants through mindful, creative steps toward healing and growth in times of transition and change. No artistic experience required … just life experience.

Cost includes materials.

  • Cost: $20.00

Journey into Silence 6-Day Retreat in Conway, MI

June 17, 2018 / Sunday - June 22, 2018 / Friday, 5:30pm - 3:00pm

Retreats

Silence the world around you. Silence the world within you. Silence the thoughts that shout out to you. In the stillness hear God’s voice. In the quiet sense the Divine’s presence and the spiritual love that is waiting to embrace you. Gently enter into silence during this retreat experience. A spiritual director will be here to companion with you on this summer silent retreat.

This retreat is held at the Augustine Center. The center is retreat house welcoming individuals and groups for ongoing formation, education and spirituality. The Augustine Center is  located in Conway, Michigan, on the northern border of Petoskey.

$465: Includes spiritual direction, meals, and room. Space is limited. Financial scholarships are available. Call to request information.

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  • Cost: $465.00

Are We Awakened Yet? ~ Sustaining the Earth

June 21, 2018 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Ilka Handshaw, the inspiring local author of Are We Awakened Yet? guides us toward practical steps that make a difference in sustaining life in our planet by caring for our common home. By providing credible current data on earth's imbalance, Ilka will raise our level of consciousness to the urgency for action and how we can start now to make a difference.  The feeling of being overwhelmed by the enormity of global, climate and environmental issues may lead us to inaction even though we have a desire to make a difference.   Ilka challenges us to wake up and move and show us how our local actions matter and contribute towards bringing balance. Join us as we learn of direction and immediate ways we can implement acts of kindness and compassion as we care for our earth.  Be with others wanting to wake up and move to action to save our planet, our only home.

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  • Presenter: Ilka Handshaw
  • Date: Thursday 06/21/2018
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: $15.00

Care of the Earth: Kent County Candidate Forum on the Environment

June 28, 2018 / Thursday, 7:00pm

Come meet and talk with our Michigan Legislature candidates. At this non-partisan forum ask about state and local environmental issues that matter to you. This event is intended to educate you on your candidates’ environmental views; it is not part of any endorsement process. Former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell will host this free event.

Kent County Candidate Forum on the Environment Sponsored By:

  • Sierra Club
  • Citizen’s Climate Lobby - Grand Rapids Chapter
  • Schrems West Michigan
  • West Michigan Environmental Action Agency
  • Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids
  • Date: Thursday 06/28/2018
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Spiritual Direction Practicum Year 2 2018-2019

September 07, 2018 / Friday - May 17, 2019 / Friday

In Spiritual Direction Practicum, Part 2, participants go deeper into the realities of their own spiritual journeys, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the rules of discernment, the adult maturing of faith using the enneagram, and a celebration of that great cloud of witnesses of Spiritual Giants that remind us of God’s continual presence in this world and our lives.

For more information, please visit our Called to be a Spiritual Director page.

Dates of Sessions:

  • September 7, 2018
  • September 21, 2018
  • October 5, 2018
  • October 19, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • November 16, 2018
  • November 30, 2018
  • December 14, 2018
  • January 4, 2019
  • January 18, 2019
  • February 1, 2019
  • February 15, 2019
  • March 1, 2019
  • March 15, 2019
  • April 12, 2019
  • April 26, 2019
  • May 3, 2019
  • May 17, 2019

Spiritual Companioning 2018-2019

September 11, 2018 / Tuesday - May 21, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Spiritual Companioning is a ministry that arises from one’s faith commitment to serve others. The two-year course deepens the sacred presence we offer one another. Through study, writing, group sharing, and prayer, participants cultivate a spiritual sensitivity toward societal and global responsibility. This spiritual formation course intentionally cultivates movement toward community, mutual solidarity, justice, and respect and dignity for all creation.

For more information, please visit our Spiritual Companioning page.

Spiritual Companioning applications:
Spiritual Companioning Application Part A
Spiritual Companioning Application Part B

Dates of Sessions:

  • September 11, 2018
  • September 25, 2018
  • October 16, 2018
  • October 30. 2018
  • November 13, 2018
  • November 27, 2018
  • December 18, 2018
  • January 15, 2019
  • February 19, 2019
  • March 19, 2019
  • April 9, 2019
  • May 21, 2019

Spiritual Direction Practicum Year 1 2018-2019

September 14, 2018 / Friday - May 11, 2019 / Saturday

A spiritual director holds sacred the many stories heard in a one-on-one relationship or in a trusted group. The Spiritual Director Practicum is a formation that depends on the understanding of how the Holy Spirit is present in our life and in the lives of others. The practicum is a two-year process filled with contemplative prayer, study, and practicing spiritual disciplines. Participants will journey with each other and with Spiritual Giants who will mentor them during this formation process. Participants will have opportunities to provide spiritual direction under supervision, and will receive spiritual direction throughout the process.

For more information, please visit our Called to be a Spiritual Director page.

Dates of Sessions:

  • September 14, 2018
  • September 15, 2018
  • October 5, 2018
  • October 6, 2018
  • November 9, 2018
  • November 10, 2018
  • December 7, 2018
  • December 8, 2018
  • January 11, 2019
  • January 12, 2019
  • February 8, 2019
  • February 9, 2019
  • March 8, 2019
  • March 9, 2019
  • April 5, 2019
  • April 6, 2019
  • May 10, 2019
  • May 11, 2019

Foundations in Spirituality 2018-2019

September 22, 2018 / Saturday - May 18, 2019 / Saturday, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Foundations in Spirituality is a serious reflective study that opens our minds and hearts to the teachings and life examples of the great Christian spiritual teachers that continue to deepen our present spiritual journey.

Christ will make His home in your heart as you trust in Him.
Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong.
- Ephesians 3:17

Explore the rich preaching of St. Dominic; the unbreakable faith of St. Teresa of Avila; the deep spirituality of St. John of the Cross; the life-giving wisdom of the Beguines; the fortitude of John Calvin; the daily prayerful life of St. Ignatius; and the lives of many more that continue to enrich our own faith and spirituality.

The course introduces the practice of contemplative prayer and presence as basic to living a spiritual life. It is an experience that strengthens our own response to the longing in our hearts that seeks a deeper relationship with God.

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Grow in understanding and appreciation of the diverse ways God has been present to and involved in the lives of the great spiritual teachers and guides throughout history
  • Encourage awareness, commitment to, and integration of the spiritual journey in daily life through writing and living a personal rule of life
  • Develop an understanding of contemplative attitudes and presence as basic to living a spiritual life
  • Provide opportunity for an introductory study of writings from the spiritual classics for the purpose of reflection, discussion, and personal appropriation
  • Foster respect for the diversity in past and present theology and spirituality.
  • To present basic principles and tools for discernment that are useful for personal, prayerful decision making

Day and Times:  Class meets Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A required book of readings will be available for purchase at Dominican Center.

Dates of Sessions:

  • September 22, 2018
  • October 20, 2018
  • November 17, 2018
  • December 15, 2018
  • January 19, 2019
  • February 16, 2019
  • March 16, 2019
  • April 13, 2019
  • May 18, 2019
  • Cost: $600.00