***Group Spiritual Direction

July 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25 Sept 1, 15, 22, 29 (T) 10-11:30am $195 (Pre-registration required.) Pre-requisite: One class in the Core Curriculum
Taking a Long, Loving Look at the Real

8-week series

“As all mountains stand on the ground,
As all trees root in the soil,
As all rivers flow to the sea, 
There’s a substance under all life
That joins us and holds us up.”  ~ Mark Nepo, Things that Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living
In this group we will look at what it means to develop a compassionate heart and to see life from a contemplative stance. The contemplative sees life as it is and not as she imagines it to be or wishes it to be.  We will draw on readings from poets, philosophers, and mystics to help guide us along the path of equanimity and loving kindness.

We will use Things that Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes for Living by poet and philosopher, Mark Nepo as our primary text in this group. These books are available for purchase at the Seton Cove

ONLINE: Book Club Express: Forty-Five Minute Conversation Sprints for Mind and Heart

July 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19 11:15am-12pm $75 (Pre-registration required. Space is limited.) Presented virtually via Zoom (space is limited) - 15
Are you looking for a break from endless zoom meetings or from sanitizing your countertops and door knobs for the hundredth time? Or maybe you are just looking for something new to read and some friends to discuss things with. If so, please join Patty Speier, for this online book club that will meet for forty-five minutes each Wednesday of the week at 11:15am.  

In light of current events, our next book will be Jesus and the Disinherited, by the theologian and mystic, Howard Thurman. As many of you know Thurman was Martin Luther King Jr.’s mentor and a close friend of his father. It has been said the MLK traveled with a copy of Jesus and the Disinherited in his pocket, especially while marching for peace and justice. This book is Thurman’s exploration of the question, “Why is it that Christianity seems impotent to deal radically, and therefore effectively, with the issues of discrimination and injustice on the basis of race, religion and national origin?” Interestingly for us in Austin, Thurman presented the comprehensive work on which this book is based at a lecture in Austin at what was then Samuel Huston College in April of 1948. 

Jesus and the Disinherited provides meaning and direction for all people--regardless of race, religion or national origin-- living in times of disorder and upheaval and who wish to do their part in bringing about an equitable society. In Thurman’s words, it is a book for all who want to live a life, “that refuses to give into “fear, hypocrisy, and hatred, the three hounds of hell that track the trail of the disinherited.”

Patricia Speier, D.Min.

ONLINE: Creative Ways of Coping During Crisis

Sept 11 (F) 10am-11am $30 (Pre-registration required.) Presented virtually via Zoom
This class will review varying creative means of self-care and expression through the visual arts from a spiritual and psychological perspective.  The current experiences of crisis (re: the pandemics of COVID-19 and racism) raise the importance of reconsidering how we take care of ourselves. 

Some of our tried and true self-care activities have been restricted due to the times we are living in and this course looks to the arts, art therapy, and the intersection of art, spirituality, and psychology as a way of fostering new ideas.

Dr. Awa Jangha

ONLINE: Stress-Reduction Meditation Workshop for Healthcare Providers

April 11, July 25, Nov 14 (Sa) 9am-3pm $75 (Preregistration required.) 5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education Presented virtually via Zoom
Meditation has been studied over 30 years and is an evidence-based method that counteracts daily stress responses. The effects have been shown in MRIs of the brain, in biochemical changes in blood, and even in genetic changes in the body. This mind-body method has been proven to significantly improve health and quality of life for patients with illnesses that are caused or made worse by stress, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, pain and fatigue syndromes, mood disorders and many others. It has been shown to also improve attention, increase creativity and provide greater cognitive flexibility. The benefits proven for patients using this method also applies directly to all healthcare providers. It is an important step in ‘healing the healer’.
This stress-reduction workshop will help providers:
  • Understand stress physiology and its consequences
  • Become familiar with current research on meditation and its role in stress-reduction
  • Learn and practice a simple mindfulness, evidenced based method to reduce stress
This is a CME / CEU accredited course!  5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education

Dr. Anna Vu-Wallace, MD

Open Mind, Open Heart

Thursdays, 9–10am Free (please pre-register for the Zoom link)
Contemplative prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to experience God’s presence within. This method is not meant to replace other forms of prayer; rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates a process of interior transformation. According to Fr. Thomas Keating—founder of the Centering Prayer Movement and Contemplative Outreach—“Our way of seeing reality changes in this process; and a restructuring of consciousness takes place which empowers us to perceive, relate, and respond with increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in, through, and beyond everything that exists.” This dynamic process evolves not by strategy, but through a personal love-relationship with God.

Please join us for 20 minutes of contemplative prayer, as well as reflective reading, discussion, and support. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Daniel Hope, MA
Thursdays, 9–10am