Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Dr. Edward Viljoen, "Pavlov's Power," 7 pm, June 20


The subtitle of Chapter 3 in Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body, is "How to train your immune system." Although metaphysicians have long recognized thoughts' influence on our body, scientists only documented the link between the brain and the immune system in the late 20th century.   

At this Wednesday's free class, Dr. Edward examines what scientists have learned about the connections between the brain and the immune system and how this knowledge relates to the teachings of Science of Mind.

The class begins promptly at 7 pm. All are welcome, no need to register ahead of time.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

"Wednesday Night Wisdom" with Rev. Joyce Duffala, "Faking It", 7 pm, June 6


This week we begin a new Wednesday Night Wisdom class. Rev. Joyce Duffala opens the discussion of Cure, a science journalist's exploration of the mind's power over the body. Chapter 1 documents several examples of how what we believe affects our bodies in dramatic ways, from placebos in place of medicine to pretend surgery. What the author documents will be familiar to students of Science of Mind.

The class begins promptly at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome, there is no need to preregister. Should you wish to sit in stillness, the Meditation Room upstairs is available from 6:15 pm.

Monday, May 28, 2018

"Sacred Singing Night" with Karen Drucker, 7 pm, Wednesday, May 30



Give yourself a “time out” to be musically nurtured and inspired. Pause to just “be” and not “do” for a little while. 
We will sing, chant, meditate, listen to short readings, and pray together as we allow our hearts to open and connect with others in our community. 
No musical experience necessary. Shower singers welcomed. Just come with a willingness to receive. This is a free concert. Love offerings will be gratefully received. The concert begins at 7 pm in the sanctuary. All are welcome.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Rev. Tara Steele, "Eight Pillars of Joy, Part 2", 7 pm, May 23


This is our fourth and final class talking about The Book of Joy, a conversation with the Dalai Lama and his friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  We conclude with four more spiritual practices that solidify our experience of joy in the world.  This week's fab four are forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity.

As Rev. Tara notes, these are tried and true practices well-known to people on a spiritual path. Some how these two mischievous holy men bring a freshness and new insights that may deepen your practice. This free class begins at 7 pm. There's no need to register ahead of time.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Rev. Tara, Eight Pillars of Joy, Part 1," 7 pm, May 16



Joy is a way of being in the world. This week, as we continue with The Book of Joy, we will focus on four practices that help us to see with the eyes of joy. They are perspective, humility, humor and acceptance. Rev. Tara will highlight how these spiritual practices contribute to joy, and, time permitting, we'll practice them a bit as well.

This free class begins at 7 pm. There is no need to sign up or even have read the book, though it is a great read.  Just come to learn and to be in community.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Rev. Tara Steele, "Obstacles to Joy," 7 pm, May 9



Joy is a way of being, an invitation to maintain a "joyful mind". This week our topic is some of the obstacles to our ongoing experience of joy: fear, frustration, grief, despair. How do we move through these human experiences without losing the underpinning of faith in the unfolding? Plan to join in the conversation at 7 pm on May 9. Our meditation room opens at 6:15 pm if you would like to sit in stillness before the class. All are welcome to this free class. There is no need to register.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Rev. Tara Steele, "The Nature of True Joy," 7 pm, Wednesday, May 2

The three authors of The Book of Joy

This Wednesday we begin a new class, based on The Book of Joy. The material was put together during a weeklong visit the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu shared in honor of the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday. Rev. Tara is excited to be teaching this class. It is filled with "well duh" wisdom like the purpose in this human life is to be happy -- and then the follow-up practices and beliefs that turn that possibility into daily life. 

This free class begins promptly at 7 pm; there's no need to register ahead or have taken other classes.  The meditation room upstairs is open from 6:15 to 6:50 pm if you would like to sit in stillness for awhile before class.