Luncheon

**Tuesday Restoring Balance Luncheon

$5 Bring your own brown bag lunch, beverages and cookies provided Reserve a box lunch by registering by 12 noon the Monday prior to each luncheon.
Is it possible to restore life balance over lunch? We'd like to think that such mindful changes can happen in small moments, so why not at lunch?




 

Being Blessing

May 22 (W) 12noon-1:30pm $40 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)

What is it to be a blessing? What does a life look like that offers life to others? In our time together, we will reflect on the circulatory nature of blessing. We will reflect on some literary and scriptural references, and note the ways in which choosing to be blessing leads us away from patterns of consuming and hoarding. Practical suggestions will be offered, and the session will include time for group sharing.

Rev. Mary C. Earle

Beyond Words: Meditative & Expressive Art Journaling

May 15 (W) 12noon-1:30pm $45 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)
Artist David Hockney says, “Art is just a line going for a walk.” I love the ease of that concept.

Words! They are wonderful but often insufficient to say what we really want to express. Using simple art exercises such as visual meditation, doodling, collage, found art, this workshop will expand the way you thing about journaling.
 
Art journals can provide a quiet meditative experience or a raucous expression of joy…or any other mood. Combined with words, they enlarge our range of expression. They invite us to engage with our unconscious and to play freely without censorship or judgement. While art journaling is not therapy, you may, nonetheless, find it therapeutic.
 
No experience needed. Colored pencils, crayons, markers and paper provided by Seton Cove although you are welcome to bring your own.
 
This is a CEU Accredited Class. Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Chaplains earn a 1.5-hr continuing education certificate.

Beveryly Voss, LCSW

Conscious Campaigning with Matthew Dowd

May 2 (Th) 12noon-1pm Program fee: $65 Location: The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd - 3201 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX 78703
Matthew Dowd returns to the Cove to share 35+ years of political wisdom and to advocate for campaigns that are more enlightened and conscious and which seek to heal instead of hurt. Matthew offers ten commitments that he would like to see every campaign employ as folks across the political spectrum seek the highest office in America as well as those candidates running for office up and down the ballot. Matthew believes that if campaigns are run in a conscious fashion,
it is much more likely that leaders, once elected, will govern in a manner more in alignment with justice, integrity, and the common good. Don’t miss this timely and insightful look into politics from a soul-centered perspective.

Matthew Dowd


Digital Sabbath: Creating a Holy Pause in Your Digital World

May 24 (F) 12noon-1:30pm $40 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)
Do you ever feel that your digital devices are capturing every ounce of your attention and perhaps even a piece of your soul? What if you could carve out time in your busy calendar for space, creativity and a sacred pause?

In this workshop we will explore the practice of the Digital Sabbath, an entire day dedicated to living without the influence of social media, email or digital advertisement. So-called Attention Engineers use gambling principles to make online experience as addictive as possible, but you don’t have to escape to nature or go on silent retreat to find a reprieve from these constant bombardments. Together we’ll create a game plan for designing and maintaining this counter-cultural practice that will open your mind and heart to new and
exciting possibilities.

Daniel Hope, MA

Healing the Brain: Say Goodbye to Depression, Anxiety, Brain Fog & Cognitive Decline (Without Medication)

June 6 (Th) 12noon-1:30pm $40 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)

 
Join Dr. Keith Kesler and Davida Dragon for a round table discussion about Cognitive Health and a psychiatric Functional Medicine Approach to health and wellness. In this discussion we will address nutrition and its effect on intestinal micro flora (micro biome) specifically as it pertains to mental health. We will look at the ways imbalance in core nutrition can contribute to emotions and behaviors that become pathologized or masquerade as illness or disease processes. Additionally, by examining and identifying sources of chronic inflammation we will demonstrate how to minimize the effects of chronic long-term inflammation and highlight the role of our micro biome as central to the development of strong cognitive function and balanced mental health. With this understanding we will look at the links between the gut and the brain, and explore the ways diet and lifestyle change can become core treatment modalities.
 
Dr. Keith Kessler, D.O. & Davida Dragon, LMT

Leadership Innovation Luncheon

May 10 (F) 12noon-1pm $30 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.) or $100 for all luncheons (save $20)
LEADERSHIP INNOVATION LUNCHEON FOR GRADUATES OF THE LEADERSHIP PILGRIMAGE AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE INSTITUTE FOR SOUL-CENTERED LEADERSHIP

Who Do We Choose to Be?
The Interspiritual Age and What it means for Transformative Leadership

Thought leaders and wisdom teachers agree that we are living on the cusp of a new way of leading and being in the 21st century. They agree that if we are to survive and flourish we must move from an economy based on egosystem, that is, me and what I can get for myself, to an economy based on ecosystem, that is, an economy based on the good of the whole. This is an economy that bases its success not on the gross national product but rather on the wellbeing of the whole. As Margaret Wheatley has stated, “A culture focused on individual freedom can only result in narcissism, polarization and loneliness. What is the meaning of life when it is all about me?” Join Patty Speier and Daniel Hope as they lead us in an exploration of what it means to be a leader in the interspiritual age who can play a pivotal role in “facing reality, claiming leadership, and restoring sanity.”
 
CEU Accredited: Earn a 1-hr continuing ed. certificate.
 
Patricia Speier, DMin & Joe Barry, MA

Lunch with the Author: Judy Knotts You Are My Brother

Apr 26 (F) 12noon-1pm $35 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)

 
Homeless people can be some of life’s greatest teachers. Judith Knotts shares their stories and the lessons she has learned from spending time among the homeless people of her community. You Are My Brother is a collection of short stories, all true, with a thread connecting them. They are about the author’s encounters with homeless people and the epiphanies that they both experienced from meeting. Although it’s a collection of stories, at its core, it is an inspirational book meant to connect all of us to a distinctly different environment and to each other— stimulating reflection and possibly change.
 
Judy Knotts, EdD

Memory and the Art of Rereading

May 31 (F) 12noon-1pm $35 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)
“Read a lot. Expect something big, something exulting or deepening from a book. No book is worth reading that isn’t worth rereading.” ~Susan Sontag
 
There are only so many hours available to any of us. For those of us who treasure reading, it would seem time ill-spent to re-read. Not so says Ginny Agnew who will make the case that in fact, re-reading can be the richest way to pass our precious time. When you do, the words become a part of you in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t.
 
Plan to join in the discussion, and if you can, re-read your favorite book or story prior to our meeting so you can share with us your experience of re-discovery.
 
Ginny Agnew, MSLS, JD

Practicing Obsculta: The Monastic Way of Listening

May 17 (F) 12noon-1pm $35 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)
“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” -Mother Teresa

The Latin word Obsculta translates in English as listen and is the first word of the Rule of St Benedict. St. Benedict says we are to “listen with the ear of the heart.” This is not a superficial kind of listening, but a generous, continued and radical tuning in, a listening from the very
depths of one’s being. In this lunch time discussion we will talk about the importance of listening in the monastic tradition, how listening forms a spiritual foundation for life outside the monastery and practice listening as a way of prayer and approach to God.

Rev. Shannon Preston

Six Essentials for a Creative & Healthy 21st Century Church

Jun 20 (Th) 12noon-1:30pm $40 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)
“Time is running out. If churches don’t start making changes, we will soon see more empty church buildings.”  -Thom S. Rainer, President, Christian Resources

According to the Christian Post, 3,500 people leave the Church every day. Most millennials have given up on church—and many of them—for all the right reasons. The traditional church, preoccupied with survival, often does not speak to the values important to the younger generation:
Divinity is everywhere
Liberation begins on the margins
Speak mytholigically
Beloved Community comes through authenticity, courage, and kindness
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide
Many wells, one river
How do you build that kind of community? Rev. Dr. Sid Hall, lead minister at Trinity Church of Austin for the last 31 years, and author of Christian Antisemitism and Paul’s Theology and co-author (with Jim Harrington) of Three Mystics Walk Into A Tavern, seeks to articulate the six anchors required to birth a creative and healthy 21st century church.

Rev. Dr. Sid Hall, III

The Mary Oliver Fan Club

May 9 (Th) 12noon-1pm $35 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)
INSTRUCTIONS
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.
-Mary Oliver

“Reading Oliver’s poems could feel like a form of praying, it was prayer we could share.” ~The Chicago Tribune
 
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is one of America’s most beloved poets. She won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her observations of the natural world described in plain language and great detail celebrate nature and encourage us to open our eyes and become observers, too. She inspires us and challenges us to live fully our “one wild and precious life.” Oliver’s contemplative poems open our minds and hearts to beauty and wisdom. Bring a favorite Mary Oliver poem and join other fans to celebrate her life and work.
 
Elizabeth Ann Gates, M.Ed, M.A.R.
May 9 (Th)
12noon-1pm
$35 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)
 
Elizabeth Ann Gates, M.Ed., M.A.R., has dedicated her career to education and leadership. She first developed her talent for curriculum design as a public school educator in Houston, and then became a nonprofit leader in Austin where she developed educational programs for adults and children statewide. She is an experienced teacher and facilitator with specialized training in Appreciative Inquiry and questioning strategies. Always curious and a lifelong learner, Elizabeth Ann delights in reading poetry and sharing it with others. She is currently participating in Seton Cove’s Leadership Pilgrimage.

Wellness Wednesday Meditations: Awaken Your Heart, Heal the World

Apr 10, May 12, Jun 12 (W) 12noon-1pm in the Meditation Room (located in the back building) No cost (No registration required.)
“Silence is our deepest nature, our home, our common ground, our peace. Silence reveals. Silence heals. We yearn to be there. We yearn to share it with others.”
-Gunilla Norris, Sharing Silence: Meditation Practice and Mindful Living

In addition to our other Wellness Wednesday offerings this month—which include luncheons by Dr. Julie Reardon, Daniel Hope, Will Fiorello, MA, and Dr. Tom Caven; and an evening program by Dr. Shelly Sethi —The Seton Cove is happy to provide no-cost group contemplative prayer/meditation sessions on the second Wednesday of each month.
 
Feel free to drop in and out at your convenience anytime between 12noon-1pm to promote peace,
love, wholeness, and right relationships. Short readings and walking meditation will also be provided.

Who Do We Choose to Be? The Interspiritual Age and What it means for Transformative Leadership

May 10 (F) 12noon-1pm $30 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)

 
LEADERSHIP INNOVATION LUNCHEON
for Graduates of the Leadership Pilgrimage and anyone interested in the Institute for Soul-Centered Leadership
 
Thought leaders and wisdom teachers agree that we are living on the cusp of a new way of leading and being in the 21st century. They agree that if we are to survive and flourish we must move from an economy based on egosystem, that is, me and what I can get for myself, to an economy based on ecosystem, that is, an economy based on the good of the whole. This is an economy that bases its success not on the gross national product but rather on the wellbeing of the whole. As Margaret Wheatley has stated, “A culture focused on individual freedom can only result in narcissism, polarization and loneliness. What is the meaning of life when it is all about me?” Join Patty Speier and Joe Barry as they lead us in an exploration of what it means to be a leader in the interspiritual age who can play a pivotal role in “facing reality, claiming leadership, and restoring sanity.”
 
CEU Accredited: Earn a 1-hr continuing ed. certificate.
 
Patricia Speier, DMin & Joe Barry, MA