7:00 PM19:00

Every Breath We Take: Climate Justice, Environmental Health, and Laudato Si', from an African American Perspective

with Sylvia Hood Washington, Ph.D., MPH
Laudato Si’ calls attention to how degradation of our planet has created degradation in our lives.  Certain populations are bearing the brunt of the overconsumption and exploitation of our earth’s resources.  For example, in the U.S., African Americans have the highest rates of asthma and other illnesses that make them more susceptible to climate change, illnesses, and death.  In this session, we will learn how heat, drought, and toxins are impacting “the least of our brothers and sisters,” in the hope that this awareness will help us to bring about social and environmental change. We will also practice meditation exercises that will teach us how to breathe easier, particularly in environmental conditions that make it difficult to breathe because of asthma or COPD.
April 28, Cost: $30 Suggested Donation (No one turned away for lack of funds)

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7:00 PM19:00

Aloha Qigong

with Kaleo and Elise Ching
Aloha Qigong is inspired by the spirit and grace of Hawaii. Based on Chinese Medicine, it engages your body’s energy centers and meridians to integrate body, mind, and spirit while harvesting the light of the cosmos, the nurturing of the environment, and the grounding of earth. It cleanses you of toxic influences and nourishes you with fresh, healthy energy to reset your nervous system and promote wellness. It is an embodied prayer of gratitude to the Divine.
March 10, Cost: $30 Suggested Donation (No one turned away for lack of funds)

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7:00 PM19:00

Laudato Si’: ‘Praise be to you, my Lord’

with Carla DeSola
In this dance meditation and praise workshop we rejoice in the spirit of St. Francis, falling in love with Brother Sun, and Sister Moon, praising the purity of Sister Water, the brightness of Brother Fire.  The session begins with movement meditation and prayer leading into a gentle yet energetic warm-up.  To become channels of God’s love we create studies that address our care for the earth, hearing her groans, giving thanks for her gifts, concluding with blessing a large “earth ball” which is passed around becoming part of the dance.  Woven into the session are Taize prayers in movement to be included in a closing Taize service.  
February 11, Cost: $30 Suggested Donation (No one turned away for lack of funds)

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7:00 PM19:00

Qi and Grace

with Kaleo and Elise Ching
In this workshop you will experience Qigong (Chi Kung) for an embodied Lord’s Prayer. Speaking in chorus with the 2,000 year old utterance of the Lord’s Prayer and moving in harmony with the ancient practice of Qigong, the Abba-Imma Qigong form blends Judeo-Christian and Daoist/Chinese Medicine wisdom and compassion for self and others.
November 12, Cost: $30 Suggested Donation (No one turned away for lack of funds)


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to Sep 19

The Gospel of the Moment

with Jim Conlon, Ph.D., and friends
September 18, 7-9PM, September 19, 9-3:30 (lunch provided), followed by Mass

In his encyclical, Pope Francis proclaims, “A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.” In these gatherings, Dr. James Conlon guides participants to explore avenues of engagement that can give voice to their longing for a world of harmony, balance and peace. The steps in this structured process include individual reflection as well as group discussion. Through in-depth conversations and theological reflection on the themes generated from the participant, we will focus on questions that when viewed through the eyes of faith can call forth greater meaning in our lives and lead us to engage in acts of transformation.
Cost: $130* for the weekend; $480 for the full program; CEUs available   

Ongoing sessions: selected Thursdays, 7-8:30PM: 
10/1/15, 10/22/15, 11/5/15, 11/19/15, 12/10/15, 12/17/15, 1/14/16, 1/28/16, 2/4/16, 2/18/16, 3/3/16, 3/31/16, 4/7/16, 4/21/16.






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