Tuesday, June 11, 2013

School for Living this summer

Over the summer the School for Living is transforming… or at least changing… well, moving.  Beginning in September we will meet second and fourth Thursdays in an upper classroom at Pilgrim UCC.  But we need to do a bit of work to get the room ready.

Also, the School for Contemplative Practices session on June 1 on the Centering Prayer committed to meeting over the summer to pray together and to experience and discuss a series of shorts videos of Fr. Thomas Keating discussing aspects of Centering Prayer.

We are combining these two agendum into a plan to meet on six Thursday evenings at Pilgrim to work on the room and to pray together.  The dates are June 20, July 11 and 18, and August 8, 15, and 22.  Yes, these are pretty random but such is my summer schedule.  I really need to be there to support the painting and open the doors.

Each evening we will begin to gather as early as 5:00 if you can make it and we will clean or paint until about 6:30 when we will share a light supper and then at 7:00 sit together for 20 minutes, watch the video, and then discuss until 8:30. 

You will not need to have been at the June 1 presentation about Centering Prayer.  We can get you oriented to the Prayer in just a few minutes and everyone can benefit from the review.  You can arrive at any time as your schedule allows but be there by 7:00 so you can sit with us and not disturb others.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Discipline #10 on June 13

We come to the end of our series on the Disciplines of Creative Conflict Resolution on June 13.  We will look at the way that we can construct agreements as a way of clarifying and solidifying our relationships.

We ideally create agreements out of the requests and promises we share with others.  But sometimes our requests come across as demands and our promises as acquiescence.  This does not create a durable agreement.

Another impediment to creating durable agreements is that we must first be confident that we understand each other.  Without an understanding the agreement has a soft foundation and will crumble. 

Join us next Thursday for a conversation about these matters.  As usual, doors open at 6:30 and meditation starts at 7:00.