This program 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 it is summer, 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, 10:30-11:30 am; June 18 through September 24 Free will donation Call if you plan to attend: 919-846-3601 or register here
What are they? What do you absolutely, positively need for your life to be meaningful/successful? If answered in the realm of the material, there are different answers for different people. But if answered in the realm of the non-material, the answers are true for each and all of us. This program will explore these non-material essentials that none of us can afford to be without.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Monday, May 21, 7-8:30pm OR Tuesday, May 29, 1:30-3pm Free will donation Call if you plan to attend: 919-846-3601 or register here
Putting Our Inner Resources to Work For Us
We all have inner resources to help us navigate life. We just need to believe they are there and use them. Perhaps you have forgotten about the skills and resources you have acquired over the years. Let us discover together all we have at our disposal and perhaps pick up a few more!
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Wednesday, May 23, 10:30-noon OR Thursday, May 24, 7-8:30pm Free will donation Call if you plan to attend: 919-846-3601 or register here
Friendship version 10.0
Do you have a special relationship in your life? Come meet two extraordinary friends,Justin & Patrick and travel with them on a journey of discovery as they walk the Camino de Santiago. This beautiful movie unearths the essence of the meaning of life well lived. The movie will move you in so many ways and lift you up to what can be. Join us for the 98 minute movie followed by discussion.
Presenter: Nancy Cavallaro Date/Time: Monday, June 18, 1-3:30pm Free will donation
Let the Music Move You
Music has been a part of our lives for many years and will be with us forever. Whether you choose to listen to music or not, it’s there, just like God. Music is a gift so why not enjoy it? There are plenty of genres, artists and songs to pick your fancy. In this program, we’ll listen and discuss song lyrics. I will be sharing one of my favorite songs and you’re invited to share one of yours. Music can move us spiritually. It can be fun to learn how others connect with their favorite tunes. Join us and let’s party, sob or sing. Patti Labelle sang, Music is My Life. I agree.
Presenter: Kashinda Marche Dates/Times: Tuesday, June 19, 2-3:30pm OR Monday, June 25, 7-8:30pm Suggested Donation: $20
What it means to “Hold Space” For Others (This program was canceled in January due to weather)
To “hold space” for another means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they are on. We offer support and let go of judgment and control. Holding space is not something exclusive to life coaches, spiritual directors, or hospice workers. It is something all of us can do for each other. Holding space is a skill we all need and a skill, an art we can continually grow in.
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Wednesday, June 20, 10:30-noon OR Thursday, June 28, 7-8:30pm Free will donation
Blessed are you, nurturing season of summer, your fruits and vegetables appear on our tables, changing them into altars. Tasting of your life, we are made strong.
Our Soul Sisters Who Live in the Scriptures: Mentors and Models
The women in the Judeo-Christian scriptures have long been a source of inspiration and courage. Unfortunately, the witness of their faith has too often been lost by the misinterpretation of patriarchy, thus dulling and blurring who they are and what they did. Those who register for this program will have the opportunity to sit in the presence of some of these women, learn from them, and see how they can serve as mentors and models of faithful living for us, despite the distance of time and culture.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Tuesday, July 3, 1:30-3pm OR Monday, July 16, 7-8:30pm Free will donation
Rumi: Wise Sage for Our Times
For those who have not yet discovered Rumi, this program offers a treat! For those who have, you know what it offers: the nourishment of love poems, poems that celebrate the sacredness of life in everyday existence from the rich mystical tradition of the Sufis. The program will include a documentary of Rumi’s life and show why it is that an Islamic philosopher, scholar, and poet who lived 700 years ago is still a source of inspiration and nourishment for us today. This program is basically a repeat, by popular demand, of a program offered recently. Feel free to attend once again!
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Thursday, July 5, 1:30-3:30pm OR Thursday, July 12, 7-9pm Free will donation
Living Through Doubt and Celebrating Life
Many of us could share stories of our journey when we experienced misunderstandings and even mistakes about what life, God and spirituality were really about. We were told that the God of love was also an angry God, a vengeful God, a God of judgment. These inconsistencies colored our spiritual life even as we outgrew our conscious belief in them. Let us examine if our spiritual growth is moving towards an exhilarating process, the discovery over and over again of the freedom that comes with beginning again, with finding new truth, new ways of being alive, new moral standards.
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Tuesday, July 17, 10:30-noon OR Thursday, July 19, 7-8:30pm Free will donation
Vigil on Mary Magdalene's Feast Day
Come join us as we share what we are keeping vigil with in our lives. Bring a picture of Mary Magdalene or a memory of her influence on you along with a finger food. We will come together to support each other in our vigils for events in our personal lives, our community and the world.
When was the last time your curiosity led you to something new – a new way of thinking or acting, or a new question that captured your attention? Who defines the boundaries within which you live? Who encourages you to be curious? Who discourages? These questions – and probably a few more – will be explored in this program, with the hope of affirming the gift of curiosity and its use!
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Tuesday, August 21, 10:30-noon OR Thursday, August 23, 7-8:30pm Free will donation
Listening to Your Body: To Supplement or Not to Supplement
With age, as we listen to our bodies, we sense changes associated with perimenopause for up to 15 years before the onset of menopause. It is said that we do not lose hormones because we age, but rather we age because we lose hormones. Every woman should be equipped with the necessary information to make an intelligent decision regarding whether to supplement hormones or not.
Presenter: Lisa Hogan Date/Time: Thursday, August 30, 1:30-3pm OR 7-8:30pm Free will donation
If You’re Left, Who’s Right? If You’re Right, Who’s Left?
Read the title of this program more than once! Do you see the questions hidden within the stated questions? More importantly, do you feel the constriction of whatever answer you may pose? What if, instead of left OR right, there was left AND right? What if, what we consider opposite, even opposed and too different to engage, was not threatening but instead an opportunity to expand our thinking and our horizons, see new solutions to common problems? What if, we could disagree but not demonize? If these “what ifs” entice you, please come and add your perspective to our discussion.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Tuesday, September 4, 1:30-3pm OR Thursday, September 6, 7-8:30pm Free will donation
Emotional Housecleaning (Re-scheduled from March 2018)
We have all done housecleaning at one time or another. A deep cleaning when the seasons change or company is expected, or something more superficial to just be able to say that you did it. Likewise, we also have to take stock of, and clean out, our emotional house. According to the ancient, holistic form of medicine called Ayurveda, processing (digesting) our emotions is as important to our health as digesting our food well. When we hold onto unresolved emotions, or deny our feelings, our health may decline. It is said that different emotions may influence the health of particular body organs connected to our wellbeing. Experience holistic practices for emotional housekeeping in this interactive workshop.
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
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!.