• Sundays, June 24, July 29 & Aug. 26, 6:00 p.m.: Taizé, First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton, NY. A Taizé service consists of scripture, chanting and silent prayer combined into a beautiful, communal meditation.

  • Wednesdays, June 27, July 11 &25, August 8 & 22, choose either 12:00-1:30 p.m. OR 6:30-8:00 p.m., Fully Awake and Truly Alive - Summer Book Group/Women's Circle
    Sometimes we think of spiritual practice as “discipline” or “building our spiritual muscles.” What if instead, or in addition, we thought about spiritual practice as a way to come alive, or as a way to nurture our bodies and souls? And what if it were possible to “practice” informally – even spontaneously – as we go about our days?  
    Fully Awake and Truly Alive invites us to expand our definition of “spiritual practice” to include (among other things) caring for our bodies, resting, letting go of what weighs us down, playing, and participating in groups with shared interests.
    What better time than summer to (in the words of the author): “slow down, pay attention and wake up to the present moment?” The group will move at a leisurely summer pace, with two weeks between sessions to allow for time for reading (about 40 pages every two weeks) and in-life practice. Because each chapter is complete in itself, you can fully participate even if you have to miss a session.
    Book:Fully Awake and Truly Alive by Rev. Jane E. Vennard (available on and If possible, please get the book and read through page 28 before the first meeting.
    Facilitators: Sister Lois Barton, CSJ and Cheryl Lyon, CPC
    Suggested Donation: $50 for the series (or what you can afford)
    Place: First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton, NY
    Register by June 20: Call 607-644-0736 or email

    “The glory of God is a human person fully alive.” – St. Irenaeus

  • Wednesdays, Aug. 1 & 18, 6:30 p.m. - Centering Prayer, Sophia House, 719 W. Main St., Endicott.


We offer a selection of programs exploring diverse aspects of spirituality to further our goal of bridging denominations in Broome County, New York.

Please watch this space and/or our Facebook page for the latest news on our events.


Summer 2018
The Sophia Center for Spirituality
30 Main St., Binghamton, NY

Sophia House

719 West Main St., Endicott, NY


  • Friday-Sunday, July 20-22: Francis and Clare: Friends of God – Sr. Lois Barton, CSJ, The Spiritual Center,  712 New York Rt 79, Windsor, NY.
    St. Francis of Assisi is perhaps the most beloved saint of Christianity. He lived in the thirteenth century yet still devotion is strong across the world for this “little man of Assisi” and his disciple St. Clare. What can we say to explain the on-going interest in these two simple, humble saints of God? We will examine their lives from the perspective of history, their spirituality, and our own personal experience. And we will celebrate together in prayer.
    Donation of $325.
    To learn more and register, visit or contact Sr. Elizabeth M. Newell, CSJ, at The Spiritual Center by sending an email to or calling 607-655-2264.