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Spiritual Direction Practicum Year 1 2017-2018

September 08, 2017 / Friday - May 18, 2018 / Friday

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 8, 2017
  • September 22, 2017
  • October 6, 2017
  • October 20, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • November 17, 2017
  • December 1, 2017
  • December 15, 2017
  • January 5, 2018
  • January 19, 2018
  • February 2, 2018
  • February 16, 2018
  • February 23, 2018
  • March 16, 2018
  • April 6, 2018
  • April 20, 2018
  • May 4, 2018
  • May 18, 2018

Spiritual Direction Practicum Year 2 2017-2018

September 08, 2017 / Friday - May 12, 2018 / Saturday

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 8 & 9, 2017
  • October 6 & 7, 2017
  • November 10 & 11, 2017
  • December 8 & 9, 2017
  • January 12 & 13, 2018
  • February 9 & 10, 2018
  • February 23 & 24, 2018
  • April 6 & 7, 2018
  • May 11 & 12, 2018

Spiritual Companioning 2017-2018

September 12, 2017 / Tuesday - May 15, 2018 / 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 12, 2017
  • September 26, 2017
  • October 10, 2017
  • October 31. 2017
  • November 14, 2017
  • November 28, 2017
  • December 19, 2017
  • January 16, 2018
  • February 13, 2018
  • March 13, 2018
  • April 17, 2018
  • May 15, 2018

Foundations in Spirituality 2017-2018

September 16, 2017 / Saturday - May 19, 2018 / 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 16, 2017
  • October 21, 2017
  • November 18, 2017
  • December 16, 2017
  • January 20, 2018
  • February 17, 2018
  • March 17, 2018
  • April 21, 2018
  • May 19, 2018
  • Cost: $600.00

Group Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum

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

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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

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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

Feldenkrais Method Winter 2018 Series

January 08, 2018 / Monday - March 12, 2018 / Monday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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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 the receptionist to be added to the waiting list. 616-514-3325.

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Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey

January 15, 2018 / Monday - March 05, 2018 / Monday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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We are living in a world where …

  • The United Nations reports 244 million international migrants, the highest number ever recorded for people on the move fleeing war, violence, political unrest, slavery, and more.
  • Every minute, 24 people are forcibly displaced worldwide.
  • At least 21 million people are enslaved.
  • An estimated 11 million undocumented migrants reside in the United States.

Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women, and men who leave – or are forced to leave – their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.
– Pope Francis

Migration is a complex issue that is reshaping the cultural, economic, and political landscape of the planet. Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey offers the opportunity for prayer, reading, and reflection, enhanced by discussion and discovery while exploring why millions of people today are on the move in every part of the world.

Series Dates:

  • January 15, 2018
  • January 22, 2018
  • January 29, 2018
  • February 5, 2018
  • February 12, 2018
  • February 19, 2018
  • February 26, 2018
  • March 5, 2018

Program developed by Just Faith Ministries

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FD: Evangelization

  • Cost: $175.00

Chair Yoga on Tuesday Mornings

January 16, 2018 / Tuesday - March 20, 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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  • Cost: $10.00
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Guiding Directed Retreats Practicum

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

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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

Chair Yoga on Thursday Evenings

January 18, 2018 / Thursday - March 22, 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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  • Cost: $10.00
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Gentle Yoga on Thursday Evenings

January 18, 2018 / Thursday - March 22, 2018 / Thursday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

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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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  • Cost: $10.00
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Restorative Yoga on Thursday Evenings

January 18, 2018 / Thursday - March 22, 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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We Live Inside a Story

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

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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

Sacred Activism: Love In Action

January 23, 2018 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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These challenging times call for us to be the love we wish to see in the world. However, to be an activist today can leave one feeling depleted and acting for reasons other than love.

Let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and truth.
– 1 John 3:18

To not worsen the world’s strife it’s vital to be a sacred activist. A sacred activist combines the heart-centered focus of the mystic with the action-oriented mission of the activist.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $35.00

Conversation of the Heart: A Well-Lived Life

January 25, 2018 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Often we dismiss the promise of a well-lived life because our everyday circumstances overshadow our inner hopes and aspirations. As the New Year begins, take time to realize ever-expanding possibilities by rediscovering and acting on what it is your heart most longs for.

Your life follows your attention. Wherever you look you end up going.
– Martha Beck

Drawing on the work of spiritual teachers, life coaches, and authors, Debbie Ford, Kelley Kosow, and Martha Beck, in this contemplative learning program, we’ll take time to:

  • Explore all areas of the life wheel to discover what you’d most like to change, transcend, or achieve.
  • Drop into wordlessness to rediscover your vision for your best life.
  • Identify the characteristics, behaviors, and beliefs you’ll most need to embrace or to let go of to fulfill your vision.
  • Define contemplative action steps that will move you closer to a well-lived life.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $35.00

A Yes for Humanity: One Step Closer to Nuclear Disarmament

January 30, 2018 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Dominican Sisters Carol Gilbert, OP, and Ardeth Platte, OP, were present at the United Nations for nearly five weeks this past summer joining witnesses and representatives testifying and advocating for a worldwide prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Sisters Gilbert, OP, and Ardeth, OP, have dedicated their lives to raising their voices for justice and global peace. Don’t miss hearing their story and perspective on the global community’s response toward nuclear disarmament.

Peace and human dignity are values the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids hold close. We uphold a vision that the bond of interdependence among nations and people of the world will transform the world.

Dominican Center at Marywood | Celebrating 25 Years with Prophetic Voices | Grand Rapids, MIMore than 70 years have passed since the first nuclear weapons were dropped on Japan. The devastation horrified the world. And yet, the threat of nuclear action remains all too present.
Voices sounding the global alarm have also been present. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a collaborative of hundreds of peace organizations. It has dedicated its work to drawing the world’s attention to the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.

On July 7, 2017, following a decade of advocacy by ICAN and its partners, an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons named the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

As a result, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to ICAN for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of nuclear weapons.

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

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FD: Evangelization

 

  • Presenter: Sister Carol Gilbert, OP, Sister Ardeth Platte, OP
  • Date: Tuesday 01/30/2018
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Cost: $20.00

Exploring Zentangle®: An Introduction

February 07, 2018 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Described as a form of artistic meditation, the Zentangle Method allows you to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns and learning techniques and basic steps of creating an original Zentangle tile. Discover how this artistic expression requires staying in the present, helps us to see beauty in mistakes as there are no erasers, and gently disengages us from the stressors of the day. No art experience is needed to participate in this program. Beginners are welcome!

Cost includes materials.

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  • Cost: $35.00

February Reflective Film Series: Un Padre no Tan Padre / From Dad to Worse

February 09, 2018 / Friday - November 09, 2018 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Contemplative Learning Program | Reflective Film Series | Film Reel | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIThe February Reflective Film Series, Un Padre no Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse), features two men who make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life. When they arrive in Italy they face hostility and violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees. Not rated.

Join the Dominican Center community for popcorn, soda, and conversation.

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The film series is co-sponsored by the Dominican Associates. Special thanks to Zulema Moret, Dominican Associate, for her generosity.

  • Date: Friday 02/09/2018 - Friday 11/09/2018
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
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Enneagram: Growth in Relationships

February 10, 2018 / Saturday, 8:30am - 4:00pm

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The dynamics that occur within this workshop provide an understanding to one’s Enneatype. This insight helps facilitate growth in interpersonal relationships at home and work. Growth in knowledge of your personal Enneagram type helps to recognize when automatic patterns of responses to life situations start to engage.

Transformation happens when our ordinary perspective shifts and we attain a new understanding of who we really are … this is the wisdom of the Enneagram.
– Russ Hudson and Don Richard Riso
The Wisdom of the Enneagram

Recognizing the patterns of our interactions increases our ability to communicate more effectively, enrich our relationships, manage conflict, and grow in compassion, all which brings out the best of who one is.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $75.00

Path to Wholeness: A Labyrinth Walk

February 13, 2018 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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The labyrinth offers us powerful assistance to help remember our wholeness. Known as a path of prayer or as a path of meditation, it has an uncanny ability to help us integrate our positive and negative life experiences.

The labyrinth provides the sacred space where the inner and outer worlds can commune, where the thinking mind and the imaginative heart can flow together.
– Dr. Lauren Artress

The labyrinth will graciously offer you profound guidance on how best to proceed on your journey with an open, loving heart.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $35.00

Lenten Meditation: By Your Holy Cross, You Have Saved the World

February 20, 2018 / Tuesday - March 20, 2018 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Join us beginning February 20 for Lenten Meditation: By Your Holy Cross, You Have Saved the World. Standing at the foot of the Cross we will pray with Jesus. Experience His passionate suffering and passionate love for all of us, and recognize the crosses that need to be carried to bring new life into the world. Lent is the time to let the Cross bear us up.

Series Dates

  • February 20, 2018
  • February 27, 2018
  • March 13, 2018
  • March 20, 2018

FD: Spirituality

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  • Cost: $60.00

Spirituality Through a Camera Lens

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

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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 Lense 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. Please bring your camera (cell phone cameras welcome) to each session.

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 Justice & Spirituality Intersect

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

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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

Deep Rest

March 13, 2018 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Deep rest is essential to the whole of our well-being. Yet, our culture places high value on work while eschewing the benefits of stillness and quiet.

Intentional resting is an opportunity to remember what your body innately knows: how to rest.
-Dan Howard

In this workshop, learn about the significance of deliberate rest, explore what gets in the way of a more restful existence, and take part in the restful practices of meditation, breath work, guided imagery, and yoga nidra (yogic sleep).

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  • Cost: $45.00

March Reflective Film Series: The Second Mother

March 16, 2018 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Join us for the March Reflective Film Series. Val spends 13 years working as nanny in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is financially stable but lives with the guilt of leaving her daughter Jessica behind to be raised by relatives. As college entrance exams roll around, Jessica goes to Sao Paulo to take her exams. When she arrives, they discover that life together is not easy. Popcorn and soda provided. Rated R.

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

  • Date: Friday 03/16/2018
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
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JournalZen: Create a Zentangle®-Inspired Journal

March 21, 2018 / Wednesday - March 28, 2018 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Create Zentangle journal pages to guide you into deeper reflection of your journey. Tangle a pathway of inspiration, allowing yourself to be present in the moment. With this workshop, gently disengage from life’s distractions and incorporate the words and tangle-art that speak to your heart into your journal.

Zentangle teaches us not to rush and to take good care of ourselves in the present moment—after all, the present moment is all there is.
– Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

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.

Bring your own blank journal, or purchase one from the presenter for $5. 

Prerequisite: Exploring Zentangle or Introduction to Zentangle

Cost: $35 each session, materials included

Series Dates

  • March 21, 2018
  • March 28, 2018

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Journey into Silence 4-Day Retreat in Conway, MI

March 22, 2018 / Thursday - March 25, 2018 / Sunday, 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 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.

$335: Includes spiritual direction, meals, and room. Space is limited. Financial scholarships are available. Call to request information.

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  • Cost: $335.00

Peace and Hope Remain, With Mary Ann Peters, CEO of The Carter Center

March 27, 2018 / Tuesday, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Learning Programs

With Mary Ann Peters
CEO of The 
Carter Center and retired Ambassador of the United States

Since 2014, Mary Ann Peters, a Grand Rapids native and graduate of Marywood Academy in Grand Rapids has served as CEO of The Carter Center, overseeing all peace and Dominican Center at Marywood | Celebrating 25 Years with Prophetic Voices | Grand Rapids, MIhealth programs. Her work leading The Carter Center’s mission and programming is grounded in the ideal that respect for human rights is crucial to permanent peace. The Carter Center stands true to a belief that national and international human rights laws uphold the dignity and worth of each individual.

Enter into the global peace story through the lived experiences of Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, whose career has spanned the world. The scope of her life’s work includes her position as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh where she led the Embassy response to the September 11 attack on the United States.

She served as economic council in Moscow during the Soviet era. She has served as deputy assistant to the U.S. Secretary of State overseeing U.S. relations with ten Western European countries and Canada. She also served at the White House as director for European and Canadian affairs at the National Security Council.

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

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FD: Evangelization

  • Date: Tuesday 03/27/2018
  • Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Cost: $20.00

Journey into Silence Holy Week Retreat

March 29, 2018 / Thursday - April 01, 2018 / Sunday, 12:00pm - 12:00pm

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 silent retreat.

$335: Includes spiritual direction, meals, and room. Space is limited. Financial scholarships are available. Call to request information.

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  • Cost: $335.00

Spirituality – A Dimension of Patient Care In Holistic Healthcare

April 09, 2018 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Turning to faith and spirituality for answers, for strength, and for hope in times of illness and trauma is not new.

What’s new is the growing body of evidence recognizing that spirituality influences clinical outcomes.

Designed for healthcare providers and chaplains, this session offers theoretical and practical understanding of the role of spirituality in patient healthcare.

The provision of spiritual or religious care in healthcare has received prominence in national reports, guidelines, and standards since the start of the millennium. According to these national recommendations, spiritual care is to be provided by healthcare providers, within their scope of practice, when the patient or patient advocate requests spiritual care; when there is evidence of spiritual or religious distress; or when there are requests for spiritual or religious resources.

The purpose of the presentation is to offer healthcare providers knowledge about spirituality in patient health care; to develop professional skills in spiritual care in healthcare; and to enhance one’s role and responsibility on the interdisciplinary team in practicing spiritual care in holistic healthcare.

Professional Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for Nurses & Chaplains

This educational program is approved for 2 Continuing Education Hours by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

This activity is approved for 2 contact hours by the Ohio Nurses Association. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)

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FD: Evangelization

  • Cost: $50.00

Zentangle®: Tangling ‘Round the Neighborhood

April 18, 2018 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

No matter where you live, discover inspiring elements of your neighborhood. Using a Zendala, create a Zentangle-inspired art piece that reflects the special and personal elements encountered in each day’s journey. Appreciate anew the paths that lead to unique landmarks and define what makes you feel at home in your neighborhood. Bring your Zentangle toolkit.

Zentangle is a way to relax the mind and fall into a state of ‘flow’ while creating something unique and beautiful..,
– Samantha Russell

 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

Journey into Silence Spring Retreat at Dominican Center

April 19, 2018 / Thursday - April 22, 2018 / Sunday, 12:00pm - 12:00pm

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 during this silent retreat.

$335: Includes spiritual direction, meals, and room. Space is limited. Financial scholarships are available. Call to request information.

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  • Cost: $335.00

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

April Reflective Film Series: Nobody Knows

April 20, 2018 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

The April Reflective Film Series features Nobody Knows. In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning. Rated PG-13.

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

Soda and popcorn provided.

  • Date: Friday 04/20/2018
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

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.
  • 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.
  • Provide both the family caregiver and their loved one a common guided 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.

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

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

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

Learning 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 Julien – Return 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 Glinzach, 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.

Seated Stillness: Finding Sacred Space Within, with Sandra Mitchell – When we take time to drop into the stillness of our inner knowing, we find we can more easefully bypass the never-ending chatter of our minds and hear what it is we most need and long for. In 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.

FD: Spirituality

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

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

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

Learning Programs

In this Tuesday Tabletalk – Forgiveness: A Response to Hate, explore the teachings on forgiveness that are found in all faith traditions, and for some traditions, forgiveness is a core belief. 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

Faith traditions teach us that true forgiveness leads to peace; yet this is not a 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. We will listen to compelling stories of those who have explored forgiveness and talk around the dinner table of our own experiences and stories. Come join us and let’s have the conversation.

Cost includes vegetarian meal.

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

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FD: Spirituality

  • Date: Tuesday 05/08/2018
  • Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

May Reflective Film Series: 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

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