Every day 800 million people experience hunger. Hunger for Change explores the realities of food insecurity in the United States and around the world.
This is an 8-week, prayerful process that includes study, rich dialogue, and an immersion experience. This process inspires change and action to fully contribute to ending hunger in our local and global communities.
Program meets on Mondays starting at 6:00 pm.
Program developed by JustFaith Ministries.
The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola form a structure for encountering and loving God more deeply. This adaptation from the 30-Day Ignatian Retreat feeds the hunger of our hearts with the Word of God.
Through nine months of prayer, contemplation, and community, participants will explore Ignatius prayer methods and insight into the spiritual through personally meditating with Scripture and engaging in small group conversations and reflection.
The United Nations International Day of Peace is an opportunity for all humanity to come together, in spirit and in action, to forward the ideals of and conditions for peace. This day is observed by hundreds of millions of global citizens in cities, towns, and villages. This year, the International Day of Peace honors the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
1:00 pm • Walk for Peace through the St. Francis Sculpture Garden for Prayer and Meditation
2:00 pm • Interfaith Peace Service at Marywood Chapel
In collaboration with Instruments of Hope and the Institute for Global Education.
All are welcome.
Join us for an evening of film, reflection, and civil discourse on gun violence. After the film, The Armor of Light, our panel will guide this thoughtful discussion. We welcome panelists Todd E. Oleson, M.Div., MSW; Denise Martin, Elder of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Moms Demand Action; Rev. Christian Brocato, Ph.D., St. Mark's Episcopal Church; Dr. Lisa Smith, M.D., Family Medicine, Mercy Health; Joyce Ann Hertzig, OP, Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids; and Maureen Birnie, Moms Demand Action.
The Armor of Light tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, an anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Along the way, he meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager whose murder in Florida has cast a spotlight on “Stand Your Ground” laws.
The Armor of Light follows these unlikely allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak, and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider the growing toll of gun violence in America through a moral lens. In this courageous look at our fractured political culture, an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim come together across deep party lines to find common ground.
In collaboration with Moms Demand Action
Cost: free-will donation; recommended donation $5.00
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.
#ToughSkinSoftHeart Truth: When you rest, the world gets your best. Yet we recharge our technology more than our own bodies. The result is that we live too many days of our lives teetering on the brink of burnout - we are the walking wounded and emotionally running on empty. In this Restore Your Soul Respite, led by author Shannon Cohen, participate in sessions designed to bring healing to the threadbare spaces of our soul. Using as a framework Shannon's book Tough Skin, Soft Heart: A Leadership Guide to Growing Stronger, Better, and Wiser, this respite invites you to:
Strategies will be shared and practiced to help you implement emotional health and self-care practices at home. Each attendee will receive a Tough Skin, Soft Heart leadership care kit.
Cost: $99 - includes a copy of Tough Skin, Soft Heart
$79 - special price for those who have the book. Use the code Restore at checkout if you already have the book. Please bring the book to the retreat.
Fee includes lunch and journal.
In what ways do we hold food sacred or significant in our lives? Food is the center of many spiritual practices in faith traditions and belief systems. We fast during Lent, Ramadan, Ekadashi, and Yom Kippur; we abstain from eating food that is not prepared using Kosher practices or meat that is not Halal; we are required to feed the poor and hungry and care for the land where food originates. Something in our faith traditions or worldviews compels us to think deeply about what is the nourishment we enjoy, where it came from, and how we can sustain it. Join us for an interfaith conversation on the intersection of food and faith.
Join us in listening to Dr. Hisham Moharram from The Good Tree, Inc. as he shares his perspective on how he holds food sacred. The evening will be facilitated by Rev. Nurya Love Parish, co-founder of Plainsong Farm & Ministry in Rockford. Offering reflections on how they hold food sacred will also be Lisa M. Rose, author and member of Temple Emmanuel, and Inderjit Moondra, a member of the West Michigan Sikh Community.
In 2012, Tuesday Tabletalk hosted its first interfaith dinner conversation. This event was a response to the Year of Interfaith Understanding declared by former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell as a year-long effort to cultivate community interest and engagement of all faith traditions in West Michigan. Tuesday Tabletalk is a collaboration between Dominican Center at Marywood and Kaufman Interfaith Institute.
This is program is collaboratively coordinated by Plainsong Farm & Ministry, Access of West Michigan, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, and Dominican Center at Marywood.
Cost: $25 / Students; $10 (use code "StudentTabletalk" for this price), includes vegetarian meal.
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 a 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.