Evening

Healing the Blind Spot of Leadership through Contemplative Practice

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm Free (no registration required)
Wisdom teachers and thought leaders such as Otto Scharmer, Cynthia Bourgeault, Parker Palmer, Marc Lesser and Richard Rohr all say that some amount of time spent in silence each day is absolutely necessary if we are to work and lead from our Source or True Self. Join Patty Speier, Seton Cove Executive Director and founder of the Institute for Soul-Centered Leadership and Elizabeth Ann Gates, Leadership Consultant in this weekly meditation group as we support each other in holding the space for discussion of transformative leadership practices and 30 minutes of silent meditation.
 
Patricia Speier, DMin & Elizabeth Ann Gates
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Free (no registration required)

Mindful Photography: Sacred Viewing of Ordinary Objects

Apr 16, 23, 30, May 7 (Tu) 6:30-8:30pm $145 (Pre-registration required)
 
Mindful photography opens up a new way of connecting with our sense of spirit as we choose to see the sacred in our ordinary surroundings. Allowing ourselves to slow down and be genuinely present as we focus on various elements in our world can be a profound and personal experience. 

 Over four weeks, both during the workshops and between sessions, we will explore how we can use our cameras to receive the images that surround us. We will take time to reflect on the sense of presence, connection or meaning we find in our photographs. We will also be invited to craft a story or poem about what we have noticed and experienced.

 Please bring a digital camera or Smartphone. This is not a technical class, and no experience is needed.

 Julie Bowman 

Mindfulness Meditation with Ginny Agnew

Mondays, 9:30-10:30am Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30am & 9:30–10:30am Free (No registration required)

People of many faiths have utilized mindfulness meditation techniques to deepen their relationship with their own religious tradition. Join us for any of three sessions of practice followed by a discussion period that will draw upon a variety of texts and traditions. Beginners are encouraged to attend.

Ginny Agnew, MSLS, JD

Mondays, 9:30-10:30am
Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30am & 9:30–10:30am
Free (No registration required)

Ginny Agnew, MSLS, JD, is an Austin lawyer, political activist and poet. She leads weekly Seton Cove mindfulness meditation sessions and is a regular presenter at Seton Cove on a variety of subjects that always include laughter.  Ginny also works as a reference librarian.

The Colorful “I” with Pittman and Merrilee McGehee

Apr 25 (Th) 6:30-8:30pm $65 (Pre-registration required.)

 
“I meditate so that I will notice the purple flowers on the side of the road that I otherwise might have missed”
                                                                   ~Minundra

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”                                                                 ~Alice Walker, The Color Purple
 
Husband and wife, Merrilee (artist/actress/designer) and Pittman McGehee (licensed psychologist) have throughout their marriage, marveled at the similarities in their vocations in the arts: The visual arts and healing arts. Merrilee encourages her clients to seek their potential in their living space and Pittman encourages his clients to seek their potential in the therapeutic space.
 
Pittman McGehee, PhD & Merrilee McGehee

The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are

May 1 (W) 6:30-7:30pm $30 (Pre-registration required.)


While nearly half of Americans identify themselves with a fundamentalist brand of religion, and a sizable minority has rejected religion altogether, there is a vast middle ground. This book is aimed at that huge group of people who describe themselves as spiritual but not religious. In other words, people who are open to encountering the divine and the transcendent, and indeed actively seek these experiences. The authors help readers improve their understanding of the religious nature of the psyche, the origins of myths and religions in the collective unconscious, and the ways in which organized religion has often worked to infantilize its followers. They leave the reader with an empowered ability to claim his or her own spiritual authority and lead a more abundant, authentic life.
 
J. Pittman McGehee, D.D.