2014 Events

Advent Retreat – December 6, 2014 in Oakland, CA
location: the Fireside Room of Plymouth Jazz & Justice Church,Oakland, CA
a 1/2 day retreat open to anyone interested in learning more about the Christian season of Advent and being in contemplative community

Spiritual Direction as a Spiritual Discipline – November 24th, 2014
held in the Mudd Building, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
Presentation for Graduate Theological Union students enrolled in the Spiritual Formation for Leadership course with Professor Jim Lawrence.

Invitation to Gratefulness Workshop – November 15th, 2014
Buckham Chapel, Berkeley, CA
Part of the November Gratitude Intensive offered by Into the Wilderness.  We’ll be focusing on how gratitude is one of the beloved practices of prayer in the Christian tradition.  You’ll learn simple practices of gratefulness to use in everyday living and immerse yourself in an embodied experience of gratefulness in community.

Sacred Conversations/Divine Walks – October 10th, 2014
Berkeley, CA
led by Joellynn Monahan and Marvin K. White
a1/2 day conversational workshop for active social justice and community leaders engaging with each other and sharing our spiritual practices so we can build resilience within ourselves and among our communities.  Sacred Conversations is not just about using spiritual practices to protect yourself from burnout.  Spiritual practices are vital for creating new options that bring us joy and strength along the journey.  Most importantly, shared spiritual practices are living food for our moral imagination as we envision a world full of justice for all.  Join this 1/2 day experience which honors the tools and technologies of justice work while revealing that the place of ritual, contemplation and renewal is the very ground for justice work.   By invitation only through the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation: activists, community organizers, changemakers of all kinds may contact the Center for more information about participating.

The Soul of Work – October 18th, 2014
Oakstop in Downtown Oakland, CA
Mary Oliver asks, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  Are you looking for meaning in your work? Looking for work with meaning?  Are you looking for meaning in your work? Looking for work with meaning? How do your passions, interests, and ideals shape your vocation (or avocation)? How can you continue to sustain yourself and build resiliency in this time of upheaval and change?  Join this 1/2 day workshop to  help you to reconnect to the source, energy and creativity already within you through:
->Guided Meditation: Find rootedness, spaciousness, time to set-aside our “to-do”s. Be supported to practice intention-setting and presence in our daily life.
->Embodied Contemplation: Tap into bodily wisdom and expand our ways of knowing.
->Community Wisdom Sharing: Engage a diversity of experience and imagination to renew the energy and creativity that sustains the soul of work.
Offered through the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation.

Sacred Conversations/Divine Walks – September 12th, 2014 in Berkeley, CA
Berkeley, CA
led by Joellynn Monahan and Marvin K. White
a1/2 day conversational workshop for active social justice and community leaders engaging with each other and sharing our spiritual practices so we can build resilience within ourselves and among our communities.  Sacred Conversations is not just about using spiritual practices to protect yourself from burnout.  Spiritual practices are vital for creating new options that bring us joy and strength along the journey.  Most importantly, shared spiritual practices are living food for our moral imagination as we envision a world full of justice for all.  Join this 1/2 day experience which honors the tools and technologies of justice work while revealing that the place of ritual, contemplation and renewal is the very ground for justice work.   By invitation only through the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation: activists, community organizers, changemakers of all kinds may contact the Center for more information about participating.

Journeying in Covenant with Our Source, Ourselves, and Our Community
August 25th, 2014
a daylong retreat for new Pacific School of Religion graduate students in Berkeley, CA  led by Revs. Joellynn Monahan and Ann Jefferson.  A day where attending to your wholeness and your faith is the ground and the prelude for all your academic work and vocational preparation.

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