Dear Friends,

As we begin a new calendar year, the world seems more chaotic than ever and the need for gatherings of a spiritual nature more vitally important. We, at the Sophia Center, have this thought in mind as we seek to provide opportunities that will meet the desires of people of all ages and faith traditions.

I continue to blog daily as I have heard from readers that even the simplest of words can be helpful in meeting the challenges of the everyday. (It is also a wonderful discipline as a morning practice for me!) Our twice monthly centering prayer gatherings at Sophia House in Endicott, led by Carolann Uhlman, are similarly beneficial.

I recent months we have been blessed by the presence of two new presenters for our evening programs. Sister Jane Comerford, CSJ has shared reflection days on mystics Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich while Sister Linda Neil, CSJ has been presenting a five-part series on Our Home in the Universe, a multi-media “feast for the eyes” and the heart (two yet to come in March and May). In November we welcomed local author, Bianca Podesta, who spent a lovely evening with us reading from her wonderful book, Miracles on My Watch, which sparked insightful discussion among the participants.

After a holiday hiatus, we begin again our monthly practice of a Sunday evening prayer service in the style of Taize. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend an hour in chanting and silence punctuated by short readings and intercessory prayers. We welcome everyone to this peaceful ecumenical practice. In addition, we have scheduled several of our quiet Saturday morning presentations and 24-hour retreat offerings that have become increasingly popular at Sophia House.

On the Mondays of March and the first of April (4/3), we are pleased to offer a series exploring meditation practices. This is our first offering co—sponsored with Christ Church, our Episcopal neighbors, and the Newman Center at Binghamton University; we are pleased to do so as we attempt to broaden our reach in the community. (To this end we invite you to visit the EVENTS page on our website and click to see the RELATED EVENTS for more happenings in our area.)

Our major event for the spring of this year is a concert and workshop with Jan Phillips who is an internationally known “evolutionary thought leader.” A multi-published author with books as diverse as God Is at Eye Level concerning her experience and advice about photography and The Art of Original Thinking for individuals, businesses and any groups looking for new ways to change the world. Jan’s topic is taken from what she calls her favorite of her books (and mine!), No Ordinary Time. With a tiny shift, she will be consider how we ought to be navigating the urgency in our own lives and the world today under the title: No Time for Ordinary. With her original music, photography/videos, and spoken spiritual wisdom, Jan will certainly inspire us, challenge us and welcome us to her world where all are valued and cherished. It is an event not to be missed!

We appreciate your support of our programs and we invite you to visit our website often as we continue to develop projects that might touch the hearts of new people. We are always grateful as well for your tax deductible donations, easily given on the website through Paypal or by check to the address on our HOME page.

May the Divine Presence be always with you in 2017!
Sister Lois Barton, CSJ--Program Director

that all may be one 

A message from the program director

JANUARY 2017

Staff

Lois Barton, CSJ, program director, is a Sister of St. Joseph.  She has extensive experience in religious education and spiritual formation and is currently working full time in spiritual direction and retreat ministry.  She lives with three other Sisters of St. Joseph at the Spiritual Center in Windsor, a small, ecumenical retreat place. She holds a Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Loyola University in New Orleans and a certificate in spiritual direction from the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse.   

Barbara Kane, executive director, has ministered in faith formation and parish ministry for almost 30 years including experience facilitating days of reflection and retreat.  Her educational background includes an MA in Theological Studies from Marywood University and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse. 

Mary Pat Hyland, webmaster and administrative assistant.