Apr
4
to Apr 30

Life to the Full: Discerning What's Next in My Life, Ministry, or Career

Presented by James Briggs
This course will help participants to discern their future direction.  It includes: identifying individual gifts, talents, and charisms; clarifying the purpose to which one feels called to put their giftedness and the work setting where one can be happiest and most productive;  learning the most effective ways of communicating one’s goals to those with responsibility for hiring or assignment decisions
April 4, 10AM-Noon, April 18, 1PM-3PM, April 25 & April 30, 10AM-Noon
Cost: $160

 

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May
1
10:00 AM10:00

The Transformative Power of Surrender

Presented by Colette Lafia
Opening our heart to the path of surrender is foundational to the spiritual journey. How can the practice and grace of surrender transform us? Participants will learn to look intimately at their lives as the greatest teacher of this often misunderstood spiritual principle through engaging in prayer, art, and contemplative listening. Participants will leave this workshop with confidence that walking the path of surrender—living in acceptance and trust—will deepen their spiritual lives and bring more peace.
May 1, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

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Apr
23
to Apr 24

Emerging Global Consciousness: An Introduction to World Religions

Presented by Thomas Bonacci, CP
This course offering provides an introduction to world religious traditions including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism. It introduces the key beliefs and principles of each major religion and compares and contrasts the similarities and differences among them. It also opens discussion of the historical and spiritual relationships between these religions and the Christian tradition and Catholic Church.

April 23, 10AM-3PM, April 24, 10AM-Noon
$135 (lunch on April 23 included)

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Apr
16
10:00 AM10:00

Culture-Sensitive Ministry

Presented by Eduardo C. Fernández, S.J., STD
Providing tools to aid the contemporary minister in intercultural sensitivity, this interactive workshop  is based  on the premise that being aware of our own culture as well as that of another’s will ultimately bring greater understanding and cooperation among people.  Both individuals and groups can appropriate this model into their church work and ministry in a productive way that attempts to overcome cultural misunderstandings and misconceptions.
April 16, 10AM-3PM
$95 (lunch included)

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Apr
10
10:00 AM10:00

Meeting Young Adults Where They Are: Contexts and Changes

Presented by Jennifer Owens-Jofre

Drawing on the wisdom of the group gathered, this workshop will offer information about the contexts from which practicing and non-practicing young adult Catholics (ages 18-35) come, as well as strategies for outreach.  I will share insights from studies about generational identity, the work of contextual theologians, and the advice of young adult ministers during our conversation.
April 10, 10AM-3PM
$95 (lunch included)

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Apr
9
10:00 AM10:00

Birth and Rebirth from the Water

Presented by Bula Maddison, Ph.D. 
They were all baptized into Moses . . . in the sea. (1 Cor 10.2)
From the emergence of the cosmos out of the watery deep in the creation story of Genesis 1—2 to the baptism of Jesus at the Jordan, we can read numerous Biblical stories as births and rebirths from the water. In the foreground for many will be the freedom story of exodus and conquest: the flight to freedom across the Red Sea, and crossing the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land. The Bible’s exodus finds one of its most profound expressions in the American musical form we call the spiritual. Tragically rooted in our shameful history of slavery in the U.S. south, this musical tradition retells the Exodus story—for the slaves, a story of hope for freedom in this life through escape to the north, freedom in the next life in heaven’s Promised Land. Water crossings take a central place in this story. This presentation gives the opportunity to read and interpret these and many other Biblical watery stories, with ample time also for music listening. 
April 9, 10AM-3PM
$95 (lunch included)

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Apr
3
10:00 AM10:00

Those Feisty Gospel Women!

Presented by Kathy Coffey
Women were there at every juncture of Jesus’ life: from his conception to his resurrection. Over time, they may have been edited out of the gospels, or their roles diminished, so let’s resurrect their stories. We can re-imagine their lives, using an ancient Midrash technique. Then we’ll make the link to our lives: what do they teach us today? Come for reflection, surprise and a new approach to reading the gospels.

April 3, 10AM-3PM
$95 (lunch included)

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Mar
26
to Mar 27

Women in the Hebrew Scriptures Tell Their Stories

Presented by Toinette M. Eugene, Ph.D.
By focusing on stories of two well-known women in the Hebrew Scriptures, and through an introduction to artistic renderings of their stories, we will reflect on the action of God in the lives of these women and consider ways in which the characteristics and values that guided their actions have relevance for us in our day.
March 26 & 27, 1PM-3PM
Cost: $80

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Mar
26
to Mar 28

Moral Explorations of Human Sexuality

Presented by Gerald Coleman, SS, Ph.D
In this course offering we will explore critical concerns in the area of sexuality (e.g., gender assessment, sexual addiction, etc.) in light of anthropological, theological, and pastoral concerns. 
March 26, 27, 28, 10AM-Noon
Cost: $120

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Journeying Toward an Ecological Spirituality

Presented by Ivan Nicoletto, OSB Cam. 
This course offering will help translate scientific, cosmological data into a theological and spiritual framework and explore the ramifications of the new cosmology for our spiritual journey.
March 21, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

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Mar
19
10:00 AM10:00

Science verses Religion: The War that Never Was

Presented by Joshua Moritz, Ph.D.
Many think the relationship between science and religion—especially the Christian religion—has been one of conflict, debate, or even all-out warfare. This common notion, that science and religion have experienced a long history of conflict or warfare is called the conflict thesis by historians of science and religion. This presentation examines the historical roots and social context of the origin of the conflict thesis and then evaluates three historical cases that are often cited in support of the conflict thesis: 1) that Christopher Columbus was persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church for holding that the Earth is a globe and not flat; 2) that the Church hounded, tortured, and imprisoned Galileo Galilei (and Nicolaus Copernicus before him) for suggesting that the sun is the center of the solar system; and 3) that John T. Scopes—the defendant in the famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial—was a “martyr for science” who heroically taught evolution and paid the price by being thrown behind bars. Investigation of these three cases will show that the language of warfare falls far short of historical reality. A more accurate understanding of these events reveals a complexity of interactions characterized by both creative tension and constructive dialogue.

March 19,  10AM-3PM
$95 (lunch included)

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Mar
12
10:00 AM10:00

Matthew's Passion

Presented by Thomas Bonacci, CP
The Passion motif in the Gospel of Matthew extends throughout the Gospel narrative itself.  We will explore three crucial texts to underscore this insight: Matthew 2: 16-18 – the slaughter of the Innocents, Matthew 8: 14-17 – the Cure of Simon Peter’s Mother-in-Law, and Matthew 27: 19 – the distress of Pilate’s wife.  The Passion of Jesus is, at one and the same time, solidarity with the afflicted and the call for that justice by which the Kingdom of God is realized on Earth in the here and now of our lives.
March 12, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

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Mar
7
10:00 AM10:00

Gratitude Retreat

Presented by Bernard LoCoco, FSC
This "mini" retreat invites one to identify and acknowledge one's blessings, realizing again God's unconditional love and discovering God in everyday life.
March 7, 10AM-Noon
Cost: $40

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Mar
6
to Mar 13

Self-Compassion; Self Care

Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
The demands of work, ministry, and life can be daunting and exhausting.  Sometimes our giving of ourselves to others begins to take its toll.  In order to maintain the energy and effectiveness of our work and ministry, we need to pay more attention to how we care for ourselves so that we can maintain our resilience and avoid possible burnout.  This two-part course will explore self-care strategies including spirituality, exercise, nutrition, and spending time with friends and family.  
March 6, 13, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $180 (lunch included)

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Mar
5
10:00 AM10:00

Beauty Will Save the World

Presented by Arthur Poulin, OSB Cam.
With monk, priest, and renowned artist, Arthur Poulin, we will explore the spirituality of beauty in art and in the world.
March 5, 10AM-Noon
Cost: $40

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Feb
28
10:00 AM10:00

Lent through the Arts

Presented by Kathy Coffey

For over 2000 years, Christians have learned their faith from stories, stained glass, music, sculpture, drama, poetry and painting. These arts speak to different age groups, learning styles and educational levels, offering a way to engage respectfully with a multicultural world. We are made in the image of a creative God; appreciating human creativity draws us closer to the Creator.  We’ll explore visual arts, literature and music in a context of beauty, where no interpretation is wrong.

February 28, 10AM-3PM
$95 (lunch included)

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Feb
26
to Feb 27

Living Contemplatively

Presented by Michael Fish, OSB Cam
With an emphasis on finding one’s true, authentic self in God, this two-part course offering challenges one to uncover personal masks and look at life from a new perspective.  (Please bring a pillow and blanket with you.)
February 26, 27, 10AM-3PM  
Cost: $180 (lunch included)

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Feb
20
10:00 AM10:00

Holiness and Time

Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
Time is blessed and yet, for so many of us, time seems to be a curse, always in short supply.  In the face of insatiable demands, we often feel defeated and depleted. In kairos or holy time we claim time as a gift.  A series of unusual events or a combination of similar happenings may not be mere coincidence.  Synchronicity is the meaningful coincidence or connection of events that can set the course of our life and reveal our present calling. Such events are the fulcrum of psychological change and spiritual awakening.  Then awkward jolts can become graceful transitions, stops can become steps.  We face our destiny rather than fall into fate. 
February 20, 10AM–3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

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Feb
5
to Feb 6

Dreams

Presented by Bernard LoCoCo, FSC
This session suggests that the psyche calls one to wholeness and holiness through the use of dreams. Topics discussed will be “Assumptions about Dreams”, “Ways of Remembering Dreams”, “How to Conceptualize Dreams,” and “A Method of Dream Analysis.”  Participants will have the opportunity to analyze dreams in large and small groups.

February 5, 6, 10AM-Noon
$80

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Dec
5
10:00 AM10:00

The Transformative Power of Surrender

Presented by Colette Lafia
Opening our heart to the path of surrender is foundational to the spiritual journey. How can the practice and grace of surrender transform us? Participants will learn to look intimately at their lives as the greatest teacher of this often misunderstood spiritual principle through engaging in prayer, art, and contemplative listening. Participants will leave this workshop with confidence that walking the path of surrender—living in acceptance and trust—will deepen their spiritual lives and bring more peace.
December 5, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

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Nov
28
10:00 AM10:00

Shadow Work; Shadow Dance

Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
Our “shadow” is the collection of negative or undesirable traits we keep hidden—the things we don’t like about ourselves or are afraid to admit. But it also includes our positive, untapped potential—qualities we may admire in others but disavow in ourselves. Befriending the shadow makes fear an ally and enables us to live more authentically. This course makes the shadow concept not only easy to understand, but supremely practical for enhancing the quality of our lives.
November 28, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

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Nov
27
10:00 AM10:00

Incarnation in Scripture

Presented by Tom Bonacci, CP
A biblical investigation of the doctrine and idea of the Incarnation implies the Scripture has something to say about this most fundamental dogma of Christianity. The texts are disputed. Our exploration of Incarnation will probe the first four-hundred years of Christian development during which the Creed and the central idea of Incarnation emerged. Our study will uncover the richness of the biblical traditions that influenced this development. Finally, we will consider the relevancy of such a discussion for our time. Indeed, Incarnation has the whole world in his hands.
November 27, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

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Nov
21
10:00 AM10:00

Coming Home to Who You Are

Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
We already possess everything we need to have satisfying relationships and a happy, fulfilling life; we can learn how to bring forth our love and natural wisdom—which includes our innate kindness, understanding, and courage. We can appreciate our true self and remain aware of how our entitled ego sometimes gets in the way. We can form a healthy ego, a self-esteem that makes us more loving and wiser too.  This course focuses on appreciating our true self and nurturing the best in ourselves and our relationships.
November 21, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

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Nov
20
10:00 AM10:00

Human Evolution and the 'Image and Likeness of God'

Presented by Joshua Moritz, Ph.D.

While the Scriptures of the Christian faith recognize the similarities between humans and other animals, the Bible also identifies human beings as unique in that they are designated “as the image and likeness of God” (Gen. 1:27). While some Christians have asserted that the “image and likeness of God” in humans is reflected in the unique biological and behavioral traits that distinguish humans from other creatures, others have seen the image of God in humans as a special type of relationship that humans share with God, or as a divine function the human species fulfills. Additional questions about the meaning of the image and likeness of God in humans are raised by the findings of evolutionary biology and paleoanthropology. If some non-human animals are rational or moral, does this mean that they share the image of God with humans? If non-human hominins such as Neanderthals exhibit the capacities for language and culture does this mean that they are likewise created in the Divine likeness? And if not, then why not? This presentation will explore such questions, and will make both a theological and scientific case for understanding the meaning of humans as the image and likeness of God in light of the theological framework of Biblical/historical election and the evolutionary framework of historical selection.

November 20, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

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Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

Journey of Faith, Journey of the Universe: Interweaving Faith and Science

Presented by Ivan Nicoletto, OSB Cam.
This course intends to explore and foster the connections between our spiritual journey and practice, and the contemporary vision of the Cosmos and the Big story.

In this route a new relationship emerges among Divine, human, and Cosmic dimensions.
November 7, 10AM-3PM
$95 (lunch included)

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Nov
6
10:00 AM10:00

Are We Special? Animals, Evolution, and the Question of Human Uniqueness

Presented by Joshua Moritz, Ph.D.

From the biblical psalmist pondering, “What is humanity, that you are mindful of them?” (Ps. 8:4) to the declaration of philosophers that “humans are the measure of all things,” many have reflected upon what fundamentally defines the core identity of human beings. What does it mean to be human? What makes humans unique? How are human beings different from non-human animals? And in what ways are humans and animals alike? While recent scientific research has highlighted a surprising number of similarities between humans and animals, a clear demarcation of the precise differences remains elusive. Complicating the scientific picture even more, discoveries of extinct nonhuman hominin species (such as Neanderthals) who possessed language, culture, technology, and symbolic art have further emphasized the similarities between humans and other creatures. This presentation will examine the theological questions that emerge from the scientific investigation of the similarities and differences that exist between humans and nonhuman animals and between humans and nonhuman hominin species. What is the scientific evidence for human uniqueness?  Do nonhuman animals and nonhuman hominins have souls? Are Neanderthals in need of salvation? What is the meaning of the incarnation in light of evolutionary biology and paleoanthropology?

November 6, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

 

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Nov
1
10:00 AM10:00

Reflections on Bodily Resurrection in John's Gospel

Presented by Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM

How do Christians engage the most central mystery of their faith, the bodiliness of resurrection, in a postmodern era?  In this presentation, Sandra Schneiders, IHM, will help us engage John’s text on the Resurrection of Jesus, and the Church, as risen in our midst.

November 1, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $95 (lunch included)

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Oct
23
to Dec 4

Life to the Full: Discerning What's Next in My Life, Ministry, or Career

Presented by James Briggs
This course will help participants to discern their future direction.  It includes: identifying individual gifts, talents, and charisms; clarifying the purpose to which one feels called to put their giftedness and the work setting where one can be happiest and most productive;  learning the most effective ways of communicating one’s goals to those with responsibility for hiring or assignment decisions.
April 4, 10AM-Noon, April 18, 1-3PM, April 25 & April 30, 10AM-Noon, December 4, 10AM-Noon
Cost: $160

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Oct
23
to Oct 31

Conscience and Consciousness: Issues in Moral Theology

Presented by Gerald Coleman, SS
This three-part course offering introduces the development of a well-formed conscience from a psychological perspective as well as from Catholic tradition. It further explores how to make an informed judgment of conscience. Within this context, beginning of life and end of life issues are discussed, along with pastoral considerations related to these issues.
October 23, 30, 31, 10AM–Noon
Cost: $120

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Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

Sacred Arts: Mandala

Presented by Karen Sjoholm

The mandala (from a Sanskrit word for circle) is an ancient sacred symbol that interweaves spiritual, psychological, and physical aspects of personal and cultural beliefs. In many traditions, the mandala diagrams the origins of creation and is an organizing force through which spiritual energy is accessed.   In contemporary times, the psychologist Carl Jung explored this potent form as the central energy from which an individual’s growth and movement toward wholeness originate.  This course focuses on a personal exploration of the mandala through a variety of experiential exercises. Coursework includes meditative practices such as mindfulness and a variety of creative practices including collage, mixed media and poetry.
October 17, 10AM-3PM
$95

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Oct
10
to Oct 11

Prayer in Chaos, Change, Commotion and Clutter

Presented by Kathy Coffey
Are you too busy to pray? Yet do you long for a spiritual center that gives meaning and depth to even the craziest days? At the same time we know the need for prayer, we also face tremendous constraints on time.  Let’s explore how to live in an intimacy with Christ that transforms ordinary ways and places. People who work for social change are vulnerable to discouragement and burn-out. But reflective practices, woven through the day’s fabric, can free us from fear.  We’ll consider what recent brain research shows about the effects of meditation on neural pathways. Finally, we’ll see how the saints give human faces to these theories.
October 10 & 11, 10AM-3PM
Cost: $180 (lunch included)

 

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