This program, continued from the last cycle, is designed for those who would like to begin the work week with a pause that refreshes before they take on their “to do” lists for the week. Each participant will be invited to use a reflective resource during the week, provided either by APFWTG or by the participant. On Monday mornings we will share how those resources have been nourishing during the week or, perhaps, not. Participants can then choose another resource or continue with the one they are using. By beginning the work week with this focus, it is hoped that it will be much more difficult to have a difficult week!
Since this is a weekly program, it is understood that participants might not be able to be present every Monday morning. But registering for this program implies a commitment to be present more often than not, as well as a commitment to the community that will form as a result of the sharing.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber
Dates/Times: Monday mornings, 10:30-11:30am - October 1 thru January 28 (excluding December 24 and 31!)
Free will donation
Re-Inventing Ourselves as We Age
We hear some who say that their elder years are one of the better times in their lives. They worry less, are more accepting of things and have a life lived closer to the Source of all life. What some struggle with as they move into a new phase of life is having a sense of purpose – a reason to get up in the morning. Finding our sense of purpose is critical to our well-being. Through our discussion, we will help to clarify your purpose by exploring what gives your life meaning. It is not difficult to stay busy, but how do we stay vital?
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Wednesday, September 12, 10;30-noon OR Tuesday, September 18, 7-8:30pm Free will donation Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk: Honoring the Harvest in Our Lives
Sunday, September 23, 7-8:30pm Millbrook Baptist Church, 1519 E. Millbrook Road, North Raleigh 27609 On this night, we will honor the balance of the Fall Equinox and mark the harvest of what Spirit has brought to us over the Summer months. The program will begin at 7:00 and end at 8:30. The evening will include a contemplative labyrinth walk, and time to evaluate and celebrate harvesting the seeds we have planted. It could be that over the Summer you have sown grief, a tomato plant, your own authentic purpose, a relationship with a child, the natural world or with Spirit. Perhaps you have sown the seeds of a new home or the seeds of joy. Please bring a folding chair for your comfort and an item that represents what you have been "sowing" or working with over the summer. As you move through the labyrinth, you will be invited to honor, celebrate and symbolically harvest that which was present for you over the Summer season. Together we will welcome in the new Fall season. There are few opportunities in our technologically and economically driven culture to create community ritual that honors and celebrates the passage of time in our lives. This is one of those opportunities!.
Presenter: Sherylyn Pitt Suggested Donation: $10
“Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage”
...is what Valarie Kaur says is the call of our time. It is a love that delivers us. No, this is not the soft fluffy put on the rose-colored glasses type of love. Valarie reminds us that love is sweet labor, fierce, bloody, imperfect, life-giving and a choice we make over and over again. Revolutionary love is an eco-feminist response to the adverse political, social and environmental challenges of our time. During this program, we will be inspired and guided through experiences that are rooted in eco-feminism and that will lead us toward our own sense of revolutionary love. We must, as Joanna Macy instructs, “link arms” and move together through our communal suffering into a new era of eco-responsiveness. If you would like to be inspired by revolutionary love in a circle of women, and if you would like to increase your capacity to love actively as a response to the systemic changes that are upon us, come and step into this love circle!
Presenter: Sherylyn Pitt Dates/Times: Thursday, October 4, 1-3:30pm OR Tuesday, October 23, 7-9:30pm Suggested Donation: $20
Are You Doing the Dissident Daughter Dance?
If you are searching for a more meaningful spirituality than the faith tradition in which you were raised is able to provide; if you notice discomfort with theology, ritual, and/or doctrine where once there was comfort, then you may be engaged in the Dissident Daughter Dance that is inviting you to new understandings of your spiritual life and a deeper relationship with the Holy One. Using as a mirror the experience of Sue Monk Kidd as she describes her spiritual journey in The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, participants will have the opportunity to share their perceptions and questions regarding their own journeys with others doing “the Dance,” and find strength and solidarity as we each learn new steps. (Familiarity with her book will enhance your experience of this program.)
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Monday, October 8, 7-8:30 OR Tuesday, October 16, 1:30-3pm Free will donation
The New Elder Journey
In this moment of transformation on earth, what is being asked of us as elders in today's world? In this Day Away retreat we will consider the transitions from age-ing to Sage-ing and the shifts in our relationships to time, to the natural world, to grandparenting, and to our role in the development of spiritual evolution . How can we use our years of life experiences, our perspectives, wisdom, and resources to contribute to the healing of our times?
Presenter: Carolyn Toben Date/Time: Tuesday, October 30, 9:30am-2:30pm Site: Home of Margaret Thurston, 6405 Lakeland Dr., Raleigh, 27612 Suggested Donation: $35 (Bring your lunch. Dessert and drinks provided)
Our Women Friends: Unique Resources for Growth, Insight, and So Much More!
What is it about our “girlfriends” that adds color and texture to our lives? What is it about a close woman friend that makes the difficult more bearable and the fun times more enjoyable? This program will look at women's friendships through the lens of women in the Judeo Christian Scriptures and their relationships. So, please come and bring a friend!
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Tuesday, November 6, 10:30-noon OR Monday, November 12, 7-8:30 pm Free will donation
The Power of Hope
Difficulties, misfortune and loss can bring bitterness and despair. On the other hand, there are those who move beyond the overwhelming loss and come to embrace hope in their hearts. Whether our loss of hope is from personal or societal realities, our faith challenges us to the necessity of having hope. Our God gives us lessons in God’s creation to demonstrate the power of the human spirit. Let us claim together that hope and resiliency is rooted in the human heart.
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Wednesday, November 7, 1:30-3 pm OR Thursday, November 15, 7-8:30 pm Free will donation
Who are You and How Do You Fit into This World?
How would you respond to the question, Who Are You? What words would you use to describe yourself and your place in this world? Do you live as a separate being on an island of solitude or do you see yourself as part of a community? How do you walk through your day? Are you aware of your surroundings or are you completely in your head? These are questions we will reflect upon as I offer you a new way to see yourself, as a Divine Being, more powerful than you think. We will discuss how you are connected to all of life and what that means as you move through your day.
Women Who Run With the Wolves – and Have Read the Book
This program is designed to be a reunion for those who have read this classic by Clarissa Pinkola Estes and found it to be nourishing, even transformative. Some women have read it several times; some keep it on their nightstand for quick referral; some say it’s the most important book they have ever read. If this book had that kind of impact on you, please come and share with others who have had a similar experience.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Tuesday, December 4, 10:30-noon OR 7-8:30pm Free will donation
Keeping the Soul Nourished
Because we live in a culture that increasingly leans toward commercialism and materialism, it is not always easy to keep the soul nourished. The challenge of these days, when times are not hospitable to spiritual growth, is how to nurture, feed, heal, restore and renew our spirit. Let us, together, explore suggestions for deepening our spiritual life.
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Thursday, December 6, 7-8:30pm OR Wednesday, December 12, 10:30-Noon Free will donation
Leaning In To Darkness
December is the month when darkness noticeably increases, culminating in the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. This program offers the opportunity to experience a prayer-full darkness during which to explore the gifts darkness holds for us, especially when contrasted with the light. Without darkness there would be no contrast! December is also one of the busiest months of the year for many. Give yourself this opportunity to step out of that hectic rhythm and enjoy an hour of peaceful quiet.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Monday evenings, December 3rd, 10th, 17th, 7-8 pm Free will donation
The Winter Solstice marks the beginning of the season of Winter, the universe’s sleep mode, a time to lie fallow and await regeneration.
Perhaps this season offers us humans a wonderful invitation to do the same! The gentle prayer of walking the labyrinth is a meaningful way to begin this season and say “yes” to this invitation.
Call if you plan to attend: 919-846-3601
Change the Routine and See What Happens!
What is the value of routine? Does it ground you and add some needed stability to your life? Or does it imprison you and keep you from discovering new aspects to yourself and your life? When was the last time you looked at your routine instead of taking it for granted? If you come to this program, you can answer that question!
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Thursday, January 3, 10:30-noon OR Monday, January 7, 7-8:30pm Free will donation
Mandala Journaling: Launch Your Journey of Self Discovery
Delve into the mysteries of the mandala! Have fun while uncovering sparkling facets of your inner world! Like dreams, drawn mandalas reveal hidden truth and guidance. This is an invitation to begin your soul journeyusing mandalas as your map. This program will be 4 weekly meetings, starting with an introduction to drawing mandalas. In subsequent meetings, we will practice, share and explore our own Mandala Journaling process. No experience is needed, just some curiosity and willingness to explore your own wisdom. All materials are provided, but you're welcome to bring your favorite blank (unlined) journal and coloring utensils.
Presenter: Amy Allen Dates/Times: Thursday mornings, January 10, 17, 24, 31 – 10-11:30 am Suggested donation: $40
Five Habits of the Heart
“Habits of the Heart”, a phrase coined by Tocqueville, are deeply ingrained ways of seeing, being and responding to life. Our society is plagued with divisiveness and polarization. Relationships among families and friends become strained. This program, adapted from Parker Palmer, will suggest a tool to help build bridges. As spiritual persons, we need to form and cultivate “Habits of the Heart” as we engage in civil dialogue. We will not discuss issues but explore the Five Habits of the Heart whose goal is respectful listening and understanding. We hope to recognize that overcoming our polarization is fundamentally a heart-level challenge.
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Tuesday, January 15, 10:30-Noon OR 7-8:30pm Free will donation