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Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum

September 09, 2019 / Monday - May 11, 2020 / Monday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

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The 9-month 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.

Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum Dates:

  • September 9, 2019
  • October 14, 2019
  • November 11, 2019
  • December 9, 2019
  • January 13, 2020
  • February 10, 2020
  • March 9, 2020
  • April 13, 2020
  • May 11, 2020

Cost:
$320 (does not include book fee)

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  • Cost: $320.00

Dominican Spirituality

September 10, 2019 / Tuesday - May 12, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

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For 100 years the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids have had a significant local and global presence and have been in service to many communities, especially those living in the margins of our society. This Order of Preachers is guided by a common spirituality.

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Dominican Spirituality is rooted in prayer and study for the sake of service and community. As you come to understand Dominican Spirituality, through this course of study, you will grow in appreciation of the lived experiences and teachings of many holy men and women who have inspired it. Join us as we reflect on the teachings of St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Dominic, Meister Eckhart, and others. Discover how these teachings remain relevant to us today. We invite you to gain a deeper insight and appreciation for the grounding roots of the Dominican Sisters in hopes of deepening your own spiritual growth.

Series Dates:

  • September 10, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
  • November 12, 2019
  • December 10, 2019
  • January 14, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • March 20, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 12, 2020

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $200.00

Ignatian Retreat

September 17, 2019 / Tuesday - May 19, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

The Spiritual Exercises form a structure for encountering and loving God more deeply. They are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God.

Go forth and set the world on fire.
- St. Ignatius of Loyola

This adaptation from the 30-Day Ignatian Retreat feeds the hunger of our hearts with the Word of God.  The Ignatian retreat is a retreat in daily life. 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.

Series Dates:

  • September 17, 2019
  • October 15, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • December 17, 2019
  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 19, 2020

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  • Cost: $200.00

Lectio Divina ~ Every Wednesday

January 08, 2020 / Wednesday - December 30, 2020 / Wednesday, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Learning Programs

Lectio Divina (literally divine or sacred reading) is a prayerful practice that allows us to become personally immersed in the Scriptures so that the Word of God may penetrate our hearts.

This centering prayer practice is a blend of silence and slow, prayerful reading of Scripture. Father Thomas Keating describes the four stages of Lectio Divina as compass points around a circle, with the Holy Spirit moving seamlessly between them.

The four stages of this prayerful practice:

  • Read the Scripture
    Listen with the ear of your heart
  • Reflect on the meaning of the Scriptural passage 
    Become aware of what touches you and is meaningful to you in the selected Scripture
  • Pray to God
    Respond spontaneously to the Word of God and offer any prayer that rises up
  • Contemplate the Word of God
    Rest in the Word of God and allow God to speak in the silence

To learn more about Lectio Divina or to practice this ancient way of praying, join us each Wednesday, Noon – 12:30pm, in the Meditation Chapel located at the back of Dominican Chapel at Marywood. All are welcome.

  • Date: Wednesday 01/08/2020 - Wednesday 12/30/2020
  • Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Chair Yoga (Winter Session)

January 09, 2020 / Thursday - March 12, 2020 / 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 breathwork 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.

Sign up for a single session or all ten sessions.

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  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 01/09/2020 - Thursday 03/12/2020
  • Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Cost: $10.00
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Gentle Yoga (Winter Session)

January 09, 2020 / Thursday - March 12, 2020 / 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 breathwork 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 breathwork 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.

Sign up for a single session or all ten sessions.

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  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 01/09/2020 - Thursday 03/12/2020
  • Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Cost: $10.00
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Restorative Yoga (Winter Session)

January 09, 2020 / Thursday - March 12, 2020 / Thursday, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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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 breathwork, 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 breathwork 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.

Sign up for a single session or all ten sessions.

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  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 01/09/2020 - Thursday 03/12/2020
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Cost: $10.00
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Gift of Life Blood Drive in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2020 / Monday, 10:00am - 3:00pm

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Join us in honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by this life-giving sacred action. Give the Gift of Life Blood on this day with Versiti Blood at Dominican Center at Marywood.

Call Dominican Center at Marywood to request a donation time: 616.514.3325.

 

I must admit to you there are still some difficult days ahead. We are still in for a season for suffering ... (But) I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because truth pressed to earth will rise again. How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever. How long? Not long, because you will reap what you sow. How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. How long? Not long, because mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on…
~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights (March 25, 1965)

  • Date: Monday 01/20/2020
  • Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Cost: $0.00

Human Trafficking Prayer Service

January 26, 2020 / Sunday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Learning Programs

The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids invite the West Michigan community to join us in prayer for those who have been harmed and for those who are in harm's way due to human trafficking. We will take time to pray for West Michigan and the world to face this challenge with courage, dignity, and compassion.

Please wear blue as a sign of solidarity for all those who are suffering and for all who are working to end human trafficking.

Please register.

FD: Spirituality

  • Date: Sunday 01/26/2020
  • Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Zentangle®: Dynamic Dingbatz

January 28, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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In Zentangle: Dynamic Dingbatz, create and use tangled, artful elements that have been used as enhancements in typography for hundreds of years. We'll explore the application of Dingbatz on Envelops, cards, and bookmarks. As you open yourself up to the possibilities of the new year, set aside this time for a mindful focus of how small creative touches can deliver much joy.

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Learn more at www.zentangle.com.

TOOLS NEEDED: Please bring your standard Zentangle supplies (Micron pen, pencil, tortillon).

*Prerequisite: Must have completed an Exploring or Introduction to Zentangle class.

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  • Date: Tuesday 01/28/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: $30.00

Ignatian Wisdom for Aging

February 10, 2020 / Monday - May 11, 2020 / Monday, 10:30am - 12:00pm

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Book: Moments to Remember | Ignatian Wisdom for Aging | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIIgnatius of Loyola experienced and celebrated two gifts for the spiritual life: remembering and imagining. Let us study together the lessons of life, the wisdom gained, and “the joy to be shared by all the people” (Luke 2:10) as we remember, imagine, pray, and continue to live wholly with all of our being. Please read and reflect on Part I of the text for the first class.

Series Dates (Mondays)

  • February 10, 2020
  • March 9, 2020
  • April 13, 2020
  • May 11, 2020

Registration fee includes the program book: Moments to Remember, by Sister Carol Ann Smith, SHCJ, and Father Eugene F. Merz, SJ. Book available in the Dominican Center Bookstore.

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  • Cost: $60.00

Contemplative Interspiritual Group

February 10, 2020 / Monday - June 01, 2020 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Join this contemplative interspiritual group that practices interfaith companioning. We will explore and participate in contemplative practices from global faith traditions to move us in deeper union with the Divine. Interspirituality is committed to discovering spirituality both within and beyond religion. All faith traditions welcome.

In collaboration with Kaufman Interfaith Institute.

Dates:

  • February 10, 2020
  • March 9, 2020
  • April 6, 2020
  • May 11, 2020
  • June 1, 2020

Cost: Free-will offering

FD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Brian McCourt, Spiritual Director, Kyle Kooyers, Associate Director at Kaufman Interfaith Institute
  • Date: Monday 02/10/2020 - Monday 06/01/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Introducing and Exploring Zentangle® (February Session)

February 13, 2020 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Learn the benefits of the Zentangle Drawing Method, as well as techniques and basic steps of creating a Zentangle work of art. Discover the gifts of relaxation, expanded awareness, enhanced focus, new practices for problem-solving, and uncover new ways to see beauty and to embrace the unexpected. Beginners welcome; no previous experience required. Supplies included.

A wonderful way for a person to grow in a quiet meditative atmosphere, expressing their creativity and sharing in the process with others.
- Zentangle Participant

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, learn more about Zentangle at zentangle.com.

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  • Cost: $35.00

Deepening Spiritual Practices into the Local Church ~ A Conversation Podcast Series with Pastor AJ Sherrill and Author Sharon Garlough Brown

February 18, 2020 / Tuesday, 2:00pm - 4:30pm

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Dominican Center welcomes The Invitation, a podcast produced by Josh Banner,Join us for Deepening Spiritual Practices into the Local Church ~ A Conversation Podcast Series. These sessions are exploratory conversations with wisdom and spiritual leaders. Listen to how their ministry and work help translate contemplative spirituality into the practices of local church communities. These sessions are recorded to contribute to our podcast series.

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Sharon Garlough Brown is a spiritual director, speaker, and co-founder of Abiding Way Ministries, providing spiritual formation retreats and resources. She is the author of Shades of Light, the Shades of Light Study Guide, Remember Me, and the bestselling Sensible Shoes series, which includes the spiritual formation novels Sensible Shoes, Two Steps Forward, Barefoot, An Extra Mile, and their study guides.

A gifted pastor, teacher, writer, and leader, AJ Sherrill has more than 15 years of pastoral experience in diverse church settings across the nation. He is the author of Enneagram and the Way of Jesus, Quiet: Hearing God Amidst the Noise and Urban Disciple: Following Jesus through the Gospel of Matthew. He currently is the lead pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church.

Be with us as Josh Banner, spiritual director and creator and producer of The Invitation Podcast, facilitates this insightful dialog with Pastor AJ Sherrill and Sharon Garlough Brown. This conversation will offer us perspectives, challenge, and introspection.

$10 discount for pastors, religious vowed women, seminarians, and ministry leaders ~ use code PODCAST when checking out.

Listen Now: Dominican Center Podcast IconListen to Dominican Center's first podcast with The Invitation and Ruth Haley Barton >

A collaboration between Dominican Center and The Invitation.

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FD: Spirituality/Evangelization

 

  • Cost: $45.00

Contemplative Prayer and Spiritual Practices in the Local Church Workshop

February 24, 2020 / Monday - April 27, 2020 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Dominican Center welcomes The Invitation, a podcast produced by Josh Banner,

Join Joshua Banner, spiritual director and creator of The Invitation podcast for Contemplative Prayer and Spiritual Practices in the Local Church Workshop. During this workshop, we will explore ...

... How can deeper spiritual practices fit into the local church?
... Should they support and nourish the church? How and to what extent?
... Where can pastors and lay leaders begin?

These sessions will be a large, ministry workshop where participants discern and begin to create new ministry initiatives in contemplative spirituality in their respective worshipping communities. We will consider applications such as Lectio Divina for small groups, small group contemplative listening, church day retreats, and more.

Series Dates:

  • February 24, 2020
  • March 23, 2020
  • April 27, 2020

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  • Cost: $60.00

Zentangle®: A-MaZentangle ~ A Tangled Labyrinth

February 25, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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In Zentangle: A-MaZentangle ~ A Tangled Labyrinth, we will use a prepared template to take a special journey to create a tangled labyrinth. As your pen fills the paths, you may find metaphors to your life in the circular twists, turns, giving you moment to pause and reflect while creating this frameable work of art.

Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Learn more at zentangle.com.

TOOLS NEEDED: Please bring your Micron pen, pencil, and tortillon.

*Prerequisite: Must have completed an Exploring or Introduction to Zentangle class.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $30.00

Holy Wisdom to Sacred Activism

February 29, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

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Building on our connected, common humanity, join us for the Holy Wisdom to Sacred Activism series of contemplative experiences. These programs invite us toward a deeper lived experience of justice and mercy by connecting with contemplative prayer, study, and listening. We will also look at expanding our understanding of sacred wisdom as it is found within us, within those of cross cultures, and within the narrative of human suffering. As we move closer to sacred wisdom, we begin to foster a more active presence, thereby advancing social justice both locally and globally. You can participate in individual experiences or participate in the full series.

HOLY WISDOM TO SACRED ACTIVISM

The common threads of many faith traditions include being good stewards of the Earth, empowering the vulnerable to live with dignity, and standing in integrity with all peoples. Explore how this shared sacred wisdom grounds us and motivates us to sacred activism.

Details

  • Registration, coffee, and breakfast: 8:30 am
  • Program begins: 9:00 am
  • Cost: $45

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  • Cost: $45.00

Come Sit at My Table this Lent

March 04, 2020 / Wednesday - March 25, 2020 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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This Lent, come and sit with Jesus at the Table of Plenty. He has prepared the feast and He longs to share the bread of His life and the cup of blessing with each one of us. Explore the experience of meals and food from His Jewish roots and read the parables of Jesus and the memory of the early Church about dining in the Kingdom. And we will remember the One Ritual that Jesus left us to remember Him forever: the Eucharist. Please bring your Bible with you to each session.

Series Dates

  • March 4, 2020
  • March 11, 2020
  • March 18, 2020
  • March 25, 2020

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  • Cost: $65.00

Faith and Racial Equity: Exploring Power and Privilege

March 07, 2020 / Saturday - April 30, 2020 / Thursday

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In this program, Faith and Racial Equity: Exploring Power and Privilege, awaken to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others.

Sessions take a deep dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation. Participants will explore how their faith may open new paths to learning and help with discernment of action steps for working toward racial equity in their own communities.

The Faith and Racial Equity module is designed for participants who are willing to wrestle with hard questions and take an honest look at their own attitudes, assumptions, and choices. Through spiritual grounding and community-building, participants will find support and belonging throughout their journey to personal transformation and social action.

The nature, place, and time of an immersion experience will be decided by the group.

Opening Retreat (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

  • March 7, 2020

Session Dates (6:00 - 8:30 pm)

    • March 12, 2020
    • March 19, 2020
    • March 26, 2020
    • April 2, 2020
    • April 9, 2020
    • April 16, 2020
    • April 23, 2020
    • April 30, 2020

Cost: $120 / $90 for faith leaders and those in diversity, inclusion, and equity work (use coupon code EQUITY at check out)

Cost includes, retreat, 8 sessions, immersion. a participant packet with prayers, reflections and readings  and the following books:
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo, 40 Days of Prayer For the Liberation of  American Descendants of Slavery by the Angela Project, and I'm Still Here by Austin Channing.

JustFaith Ministries

This program was created by JustFaith Ministries.

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  • Cost: $120.00

Spiritual Direction Ministry Blessing

March 09, 2020 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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This is an invitation to all Spiritual Directors to participate in an evening of blessing of the spiritual direction ministry. Called to companion with others seeking a deeper relationship with God, spiritual directors serve with humility, with joy, and with an ear attuned to the holy.  We welcome all those who are practicing Spiritual Direction and we invite you to join us in prayer, in reflection, and in humble celebration. Registration required.

Cost: Free-will offering

  • Date: Monday 03/09/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Women's Wisdom with Barbara Reid, OP

March 21, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

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If you are you hungry to explore new interpretations of familiar scriptural texts – interpretations that draw on women’s wisdom and a way of life that promotes equal dignity and value for women and men alike, don’t miss biblical scholar, author, and Grand Rapids Dominican Sister Barbara Reid, OP’s visit to Dominican Center at Marywood.

In the book of Proverbs, woman wisdom invites all to eat at her banquet, that is, to learn her wise ways and live well. Through the exploration of feminist approaches to select passages of Scripture, we will have a taste of transformative ways for living well.

Attention will be given not only to gender perspectives, but also to race, class, and culture as determinative factors in how one understands the biblical text. This program includes lecture and small and large group discussion.

Women are not alone in their efforts to build a more just society and church… A feminist… is a person who is committed to the humanity, dignity, and equality of all persons, to such an extent that she or he is willing to work for changes both in relationship patterns and in institutional structures to achieve this goal.
~ Barbara Reid, OP, PhD

Barbara E. Reid, OP, holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, a master's degree in Religious Studies, and a bachelor of arts degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. Since 1988, Sister Reid has served on the faculty of the Catholic Theological Union. She has served as Vice President and Academic Dean and has been actively involved in the Association of Theological Schools, including service on its board of directors. Sister Reid is the author of many books and articles, and she served as general editor for the Wisdom Commentary Series, a 58-volume feminist commentary on the Bible, and is Past President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America.

On December 10, 2019, Barbara Reid, OP accepted an honorary doctorate from the University of Graz in Austria. During her acceptance speech, Sister Reid remarked, "I am overwhelmed and humbled by the honor that you award me tonight and I thank you most sincerely for your recognition of the advances that have been made in feminist and gender studies in the past 25 years. It is an honor to celebrate with you the 25th anniversary of the establishment of women's and gender studies here in the Catholic Theological Faculty at the University of Graz."

At right, Sister Reid is pictured with Dr. Christoph Heil, Dean of the Theological Faculty at the University of Graz, Professor Irmtraud Fischer, Prof of Old Testament, who proposed the honorary doctorate and who is author of the forthcoming volume on Genesis in Wisdom Commentary series, and Dr. Pablo Argarate, Vice Dean.

Details

  • Registration: 8:30 am
  • Program: 9:00 am - Noon
  • Cost: $35 / $25 for Dominican Associates (use coupon code WOMEN when checking out)
  • Cost includes continental breakfast

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  • Date: Saturday 03/21/2020
  • Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
  • Cost: $35.00

Zentangle®: Made in the Shade

March 25, 2020 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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In Zentangle: Made in the Shade, take your Zentangle practice to the next level by learning a multitude of shading techniques. In this class, you'll gain new perspectives on how to transform your line art and make it more dimensional

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

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Learn more at www.zentangle.com.

TOOLS NEEDED: Please bring your standard Zentangle supplies (Micron pen, pencil, tortillon).

*Prerequisite: Must have completed an Exploring or Introduction to Zentangle class.

View Dominican Center's Refund Policy.

  • Cost: $30.00

Gentle Yoga (Spring Session)

March 26, 2020 / Thursday - May 28, 2020 / 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.

Sign up for a single session or all ten sessions.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy

  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 03/26/2020 - Thursday 05/28/2020
  • Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Cost: $10.00
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Transformation in Times of Uncertainty

March 28, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 3:00pm

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Presenter | Nancy Sylvester, IHM | Dominican Center at Marywoord, Grand Rapids, MIIn this program, Transformation in Times of Uncertainty, we will look at how our time and place in history bring us face to face with profound societal impasse. Sister Nancy Sylvester, IHM, suggests that the very act of acknowledging the transformation necessary to live differently invites us to embrace a new consciousness – a consciousness rooted in contemplation and dialogue. Join others in exploring the time in which we live, as together, we practice listening and speaking from a contemplative heart and inviting new conversations and connections.

We can find no escape from the world we’ve built…

Sister Nancy is founder and director of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (ICCD) in Monroe, Michigan. Established in 2002, the ICCD was based on the belief that the crises we experience today need to be addressed at a new level of consciousness and that contemplation invites us to that transformation.

Nancy Sylvester's message resonates with social justice activists, educators, spiritual directors, leaders of religious congregations—people committed to working for systemic change.

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Cost includes continental breakfast and lunch.

  • Cost: $45.00

Finding Flow

April 04, 2020 / Saturday, 9:00am - 3:00pm

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Finding Flow: Spiritual Practices | with Brian J. Plachta | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MI

Spiritual Director Brian Plachta will guide us on this journey away from worry and the barriers we unintentionally set for ourselves.

In Finding Flow, let's embrace enriching spiritual practices to help find our authentic flow and greater potential of being one with the Divine Spirit who opens our hearts, allowing us to experience inner peace, balance, and wholeness.

Discover your own sacred rhythm as we explore four pillars of spirituality: solitude, spiritual reading, community, and contemplative action. Set yourself on a pathway toward deepening your relationship with God using the ancient wisdom of Saint Benedict’s Rule of Life as a guide.

Learn more about Brian at www.brianplachta.net

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  • Cost: $45.00

Illuminating Social Justice Through Photography

April 07, 2020 / Tuesday - July 14, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Featured Programs

Raising Our Social Justice Conscious Through Photography | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIIn the 9-session Illuminating Social Justice Through Photography program, participants will use the medium of photography to explore issues surrounding social justice, with each participant ultimately creating a set of photographs that will communicate the importance and impact of social justice to the observer of their images. The participants’ photos will be exhibited as a group within Dominican Center.

People from all faith traditions are welcome and encouraged to attend. Likewise, any type of camera can be used for the course – digital SLR, point-and-shoot, cell phone camera, or polaroid – all are welcome. While there are no specific technical prerequisites to the program, photography fundamentals and basic camera use will not be covered. Therefore, a working knowledge of one’s camera is recommended.

Segment 1 - Focus: Photography Editing

During this first segment, participants will choose an issue related to social justice and begin considering approaching the issue photographically. We will also address the technical topics of editing images using Adobe Lightroom, printing edited images using online photo lab services, and mounting and framing the final prints for gallery exhibition.

Illuminating Social Justice Through Photography with Barry Brown | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MISeries Dates:

  • April 7, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • April 28, 2020

Segment 2 - Illuminating: Social Justice Through Photography

The second segment addresses the challenge of communicating social justice through the art of photography. Participants will share their perspectives as well as share with one another their knowledge and commitment to advancing justice.  We will explore how to create and present photographic images that effectively convey the artist’s vision to the observer.

Series Dates:

  • May 19, 2020
  • June 2, 2020
  • June 16, 2020
  • June 30, 2020
  • July 14, 2020

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  • Cost: $135.00

Dominican Associates' Saint Series ~ St. Josephine Bakhita, Former Slave and Religious Sister

April 21, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Learning Programs

The Saint Series is a presentation and conversation with Dominican Associates that shines light on the many holy women and men in service of God.

Dominican Associates are non-vowed women and men who desire to practice their Christian faith in the spirit of the Dominican Order of Preachers. Interested in Dominican Associate Life? Visit grdominicans.org/associates.

I travel slowly, one step at a time, because I am carrying two big suitcases. One of them contains my sins, and in the other, which is much heavier, are the infinite merits of Jesus. When I reach heaven, I will open the suitcases and say to God; 'Eternal Father, now you can judge.' And to St. Peter; 'Close the door, because I’m staying.'
~ St Josephine Bakhita

About St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of the Sudan and human trafficking survivors. Learn from her courage, her faith, and her strength.

All are welcome.

FD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Cynthia Bailey
  • Date: Tuesday 04/21/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Creative and Contemplative Reflection on Sacred Scripture (C.R.O.S.S.)

April 22, 2020 / Wednesday - May 06, 2020 / Wednesday, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Learning Programs

Creative Contemplative Reflection on Sacred Scripture - CROSS | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIJoin fellow creatives for Creative and Contemplative Reflection on Sacred Scripture. With Scripture inspiring us, we will nurture our sense of wonder and creativity as we steep in God's presence.

While delving into traditional methods of reading, reflecting, and responding to Scripture, we will also use watercolor painting to aid in deeply absorbing the truths of God’s word and presence in our lives.

Through creative expression, private mediation, journaling, and group sharing, we will seek to quiet the noises and voices that so routinely occupy our lives and teach ourselves new ways to hear and recognize God’s voice and invitation. Please bring your journal to each session.

Basic watercolor experience is helpful, but not mandatory.

Series Dates

  • April 22, 2020
  • April 29, 2020
  • May 6, 2020

Cost

  • $90 for the entire series ~ cost includes continental breakfast and supplies.

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  • Cost: $90.00

Introduction to the Enneagram

April 25, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 4:00pm

Learning Programs

It is this reality-awakening perspective on the purpose of the Enneagram that has moved Ann Walters, OP, and Kim Bart to help others understand the Enneagram as a tool to self-discovery and connection to self, God, and others.

The Enneagram is a tool that awakens our compassion for people just as they are, not the people we wish they would become so our lives would become easier.
― Ian Morgan Cron, The Road Back to You

Discerning the identity of your personality using the Enneagram provides clarity to understanding yourself and the habits that guide your thoughts and behavior. Knowing yourself is foundational for psychological and spiritual growth toward becoming fully human and wholly alive.

The workshop is designed for those new to the Enneagram and who have a desire to understand and gain wisdom of oneself in relationship to interacting with others.

Cost: $75.00, includes continental breakfast and lunch

  • Registration: 8:30am
  • Program begins: 9:00am

FD: Spirituality

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  • Cost: $75.00

Holy Wisdom to Sacred Activism ~Healing Suffering Through Intentional Presence

April 25, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Featured Programs

Building on our connected, common humanity, join us for the Holy Wisdom to Sacred Activism series of contemplative experiences. These programs invite us toward a deeper lived experience of justice and mercy by connecting with contemplative prayer, study, and listening. We will also look at expanding our understanding of sacred wisdom as it is found within us, within those of cross cultures, and within the narrative of human suffering. As we move closer to sacred wisdom, we begin to foster a more active presence, thereby advancing social justice both locally and globally. You are invited to participate in one experience or the entire series.

Healing Suffering Through Intentional Presence

We will gently explore our own hurts and scars arising from the work of being in service to others. It can be challenging to heal as we work on behalf of those with marginalized voices. Discover a path to sustain passion and drive for justice. Revive the ability to uncover creative solutions. Regain the capacity to walk courageously, hopefully, and effectively.

Details

  • Registration, coffee, and breakfast: 8:30 am
  • Program begins: 9:00 am
  • Cost: $45.00

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  • Cost: $45.00

Zentangle®: Circles of Zen

April 28, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In this Zentangle: Circles of Zen program, explore a deeper meaning of circles while expanding your Zentangle practice in the round. Learn many circular-based tangles as you build a beautiful work of art using various sizes of circles. Join us and uncover the harmony that resides within a circle!

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Learn more at zentangle.com

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, Art Therapist

*Prerequisite: Must have completed an Exploring or Introduction to Zentangle Class

TOOLS NEEDED: Please bring your standard Zentangle supplies (Micron pen, pencil, tortillon).

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  • Cost: $30.00

Reclaiming Your Original Goodness

May 02, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Featured Programs

What can life look and feel like when you commit to Reclaiming your Original Goodness?

You were created in the image of the Divine, a temple of Sacred Wisdom, graced to live with an opening mind.
This is FAITH.

You were created in the image of the Son, a sanctuary of Sacred Love, graced to live with an opening heart.
This is LOVE.

You were created in the image of the Spirit, an instrument of Sacred Instinct, graced to live with an opening will.
This is HOPE.

Join others in awakening your curiosity, accessing your compassion, and igniting your commitment for the benefit of all.

  • Registration: 8:30 am
  • Program: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $20.00

Kindness and Hope at the U.S. Border

May 02, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Featured Programs

They were called to serve and offer kindness and hope at a half-way warehouse in El Paso, Texas. These four Sisters traveled to accompany women, men, and children fleeing oppression and danger in their homelands. Hear their experiences first hand, as they guide us through a morning of contemplation that compels us to action.

Is it near or far? they ask about the places they will go in the United States. Most have little context for understanding this strange new country and yet they push on humbly and courageously.
~ Joyce Ann Hertzig, OP

Sister Chela Gonzalez, OP will talk of Courage; Sister Joyce Anne Hertzig, OP will speak on Living in the Now Moment; Sister Mary Kay Ooszdyke, OP will share her insight on Solidarity; and Sister Janet Brown, OP will reflect on Gratitude. Come listen to these women from the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids who have dedicated their lives to the service of others.

Details

  • Cost includes continental breakfast
  • Registration and coffee: 8:30 am
  • Program begins : 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Cost: $25.00

Zentangle®: Tangled Camellias

May 14, 2020 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In Zentangle: Tangled Camellias, the beautiful petals of the Camellia flower make wonderful "strings" to fill with tangles in this nature-based Zentangle class. Learn how to fill the petals with tangles and then use watercolor pencils with a water brush to create a watercolor effect, adding a new depth to your work of art.

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Learn more at zentangle.com.

TOOLS NEEDED: Please bring your Micron pen, pencil, and tortillon.

*Prerequisite: Must have completed an Exploring or Introduction to Zentangle class.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $30.00

Dominican Associates' Saint Series ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit, Philospher, Paleontologist

May 20, 2020 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Learning Programs

The Saint Series is a presentation and conversation with Dominican Associates that shines light on the many holy women and men in service of God.

Dominican Associates are non-vowed women and men who desire to practice their Christian faith in the spirit of the Dominican Order of Preachers. Interested in Dominican Associate Life? Visit grdominicans.org/associates.

A sense of the universe, a sense of the all, the nostalgia which seizes us when confronted by nature, beauty, music – these seem to be an exception and awareness of a Great Presence.
~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

About Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a French idealist philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist and took part in the discovery of Peking Man. He conceived the vitalist idea of the Omega Point (a maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which he believed the universe was evolving), and he developed Vladimir Vernadsky's concept of noosphere. Although a monitum was issued in regard to some of Teilhard's ideas, he has been posthumously praised by Pope Benedict XVI and other eminent Catholic figures, and his theological teachings were cited by Pope Francis in the 2015 encyclical, Laudato si'. (Source: www.wikipedia.com)

All are welcome.

FD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Mary Nausadis
  • Date: Wednesday 05/20/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Introducing and Exploring Zentangle® (June Session)

June 09, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In Introducing and Exploring Zentangle, learn the benefits of the Zentangle Drawing Method, as well as techniques and basic steps of creating a Zentangle work of art. Discover the gifts of relaxation, expanded awareness, enhanced focus, new practices for problem-solving, and uncover new ways to see beauty and to embrace the unexpected. Beginners welcome! Supplies included.

A wonderful way for a person to grow in a quiet meditative atmosphere, expressing their creativity and sharing in the process with others.
- Zentangle Participant

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle Method is a form of artistic expression and meditation that allows you to create beautiful images using techniques of drawing structured patterns and reflective prompts. No previous art experience required. Learn more at www.zentangle.com.

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  • Cost: $35.00

Going Naked: A Retreat To Inspire Pilgrimage Mindsets in the Everyday

June 20, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Featured Programs

Going Naked & Life as Pilgrimage: A Retreat Into the Themes of the Camino de Santiago & Pilgrimage in the Everyday| With Teresa Mateus | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIThis program, originally scheduled for June 7, has been moved to June 20.

Based on her book Going Naked: The Camino de Santiago & Life as Pilgrimage, Author Teresa Mateus will facilitate a retreat morning exploring the themes of the Camino path and how these same sacred rituals can illuminate the pilgrim's path of the everyday. Activities engage the creative mind through shared art and storytelling practices, and breath and movement practices.

The space will be open to explore themes of grief, loss and emotional pain as well as healing, joy and celebration as they show up in each of our stories. Explore what we need to let go of along the journey of life and the pilgrimage into the soul - so that we can find the vulnerability found in our own "going naked" and sacred release to be able to travel the path into ourselves and our truth more fully and deeply.

Teresa Mateus LCSW, E-RYT 200, is a trauma therapist, meditation and integrative healing practitioner, professor of social work, author, and speaker on issues of spirituality, activism, and healing. She is the co-founder and executive director of The Mystic Soul Project and co-creator of Trauma Response and Crisis Care for Movements (TRACC).

Teresa is a fellow with Spiritual Direction International (SDI). Each year SDI, recognizes fellows who are experienced, mature spiritual companions - contemplatives who are inspired to grow SDI’s global movement.

Details

  • Cost: $65 / $45 for students (use coupon code MINDSET when checking out)
  • Includes continental breakfast and lunch
  • Registration: 8:30 am
  • Program: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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  • Cost: $65.00

Called to be a Spiritual Director - Spiritual Director Practicum (Year 1)

September 11, 2020 / Friday - May 15, 2021 / Saturday

Dominican Associates

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 filled with contemplative spiritual practices, prayer study, and shared reflection
...
strengthens our ability to stay present
... attunes our listening to sense how the Holy Spirit is present in our lives and in the lives of others
... looks to Spiritual Giants to mentor participants during the formation process
...reminds that the ultimate healer holds up director and directee in all ways

Using an Ignatian spiritual framework, you are encouraged to find meaning in every moment. You are given space to deepen your relationship with God - the God who loves us into life. Through the process, move closer to uncovering your authentic self that guides the discernment of your calling.

Details

  • Cost: $2,000/year, plus book fees
  • Application process required
  • Prerequisite: Foundations in Spirituality

Dates

  • September 11-12, 2020
  • October 9-10, 2020
  • November 13-14, 2020
  • December 4-5, 2020
  • January 15-16, 2021
  • February 12-13, 2021
  • March 12-13, 2021
  • April 16-17, 2021
  • May 14-15, 2021

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

 

Spiritual Companioning: Acting with Holy Presence

September 15, 2020 / Tuesday - May 11, 2021 / Tuesday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Featured Programs

Explore what it means to live in the presence of a loving God so you can see and hear the presence of God as you companion with others.

Do you feel a longing to deepen your faith? Continual spiritual formation expands our hearts and deepens our path to living more spiritually in this world. Spiritual Companioning deepens our sacred presence by examining how we listen to ourselves and others with our ears always attuned to the Spirit, compassionate and loving. Through this 9-month study, experience, learn processes and practices in contemplative listening, writing, and group sharing,

Are you ready to deepen your capacity to be present to yourself and to others with a discerning mind and heart? Are you ready to discover true peace as you learn to listen without judgment? This spiritual formation experience cultivates an understanding of how to listen and recognize the holy within the context of our lives and in the context of personal transformation, cultural traditions, societal changes, and global concerns. 

Dates
The Spiritual Companioning program meets Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

  • September 15, 2020
  • October 13, 2020
  • November 10, 2020
  • December 15, 2020
  • January 12, 2021
  • February 9, 2021
  • March 9, 2021
  • April 13, 2021
  • May 11, 2021

Cost: $475/year, plus book fees

Prerequisite: Foundations in Spirituality

For more information, please visit our Spiritual Companioning page.

  • Cost: $475.00

Foundations in Spirituality: Guided by the Longing for a Deeper Relationship with God

September 19, 2020 / Saturday - May 21, 2021 / Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Learning Programs

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 who continue to enrich our own faith and spirituality.

The course introduces the practice of contemplative prayer as grounding practices for living a richer spiritual life. Respond to the yearning in your heart for a deeper relationship with God by returning to the Foundations in Spirituality.

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

Details

  • Cost: $600, plus book fees
  • A required book of readings will be available for purchase at the Dominican Center Bookstore
  • Each session includes continental breakfast and lunch

Dates
Saturdays, 9:30am - 4:30 pm

  • September 19, 2020
  • October 24, 2020
  • November 21, 2020
  • December 12, 2020
  • January 23, 2021
  • February 20, 2021
  • March 20, 2021
  • April 24, 2021
  • May 22, 2021
  • Cost: $600.00