OCTOBER 2017

  • Wednesdays, Oct. 4 & 18, 6:30 p.m.: Centering Prayer,  Sophia House, 719 West Main St., Endicott, NY.

  • Tuesday, October 17, 12:15-12:45 p.m.: Lunch With the Psalms, The Sophia Center office, 2nd floor, 30 Main Street, Binghamton.
  • Sunday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.: Taizé monthly prayer service, First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton, NY. 
  • NEW SERIES: Mondays, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 & 13, choice of 12:00-1:30 p.m. OR 6:30-8:00 p.m.:  Pathways to Mindfulness: The Spiritual Power of Emotions with Cheryl Lyon, CPC, Certified Life Coach and Spiritual Director, First Congregational Church - Eden Room, 30 Main St., Binghamton, NY. Donation: $55 for the series
    Do you sometimes struggle with your emotions? What if those "negative" emotions that sometimes seem to hijack you could actually be a pathway into higher consciousness? What if emotions, rather than separating you from God and Wisdom, could actually connect you? How might emotions, including the most difficult, muddled ones, be a gateway to personal growth and transformation?
    In this three-part series, you will learn tools and concepts to help you:
    *   Stop beating yourself up for having "negative" emotions
    *   Understand the physical, mental and spiritual components of emotion
    *   Feel your emotions without getting swept away by them
    *   More mindfully and skillfully manage your emotions (and those "sticky" thoughts)
    *   Use your emotions as a pathway to wisdom and transformation
    Register by October 22 by calling or texting Cheryl at (607) 316-8382 or e-mailing cheryl@wingedlifecoaching.com
    Note: The information presented in this series is not a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy or medical care. If you are in counseling or therapy, please consult your therapist or medical professional before using any of the self-help or spiritual methods presented in this series.

NOVEMBER 2017

  • Wednesdays, Nov. 1 & 15, 6:30 p.m.: Centering Prayer,  Sophia House, 719 West Main St., Endicott, NY.

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 3:30 p.m.: Soup for Syria - Book Sale & Soup Supper,  Fellowship Hall, First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton. As we move toward Thanksgiving and the holiday season, join us for a free, simple meal of soup and bread as we share gratitude for our blessings. We’ll be selling copies of author Barbara Abdeni Masaad’s cookbook Soup for Syria - created to benefit food efforts for refugees - for $30 each. Reservations: Call 607-644-0736 by Wed., Nov. 1.

    About the book: Food writer Barbara Abdeni Masaad visited a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon and was struck by the difficult, chilly conditions in which they lived. She cooked some soup and brought it to a
    marketplace to hand out to them. Their gratitude inspired her to write this cookbook, dedicated to
    feeding the body and soul of the poor refugees living in miserable conditions all over Lebanon and other countries. It's a cry for help: with photography, recipes, stories, and much more. Acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors the world over have come together to help food relief efforts to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees. Each has contributed a recipe to this beautifully illustrated cookbook of delicious soups from around the world. All profits from the sales of the cookbook will be donated to help fund food relief efforts through various nonprofit organizations. Most Syrians hope that one day they will be able to return to their country and rebuild their lives. For now, though, what we can do is listen to their pleas. Be part of
    this vital work of saving lives and help us deliver essential food items to the displaced refugees.

  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. - noon: Pre-Holiday Retreat: A Bottomless Cup of Blessings, with certified life coach and spiritual director Cheryl Lyon, CPC; Sophia House, 719 W. Main St., Endicott, NY.  We yearn for connection – with each other, with that which is greater than us, and even with our own selves. We yearn for meaning and hope, for inner peace and equanimity. In this quiet morning retreat, we will explore what it is we are truly thirsty for, the bottomless cup of blessing that is available to us in the midst of challenge as well as joy, and the ways that we sometimes fill the cup of our life with lesser things or cover it over so that it cannot be readily filled. Come and receive the blessing of retreat. Come and fill YOUR cup.
    Please bring a mug or cup with you to the retreat. Suggested donation of $30 includes program and light refreshments
    Register by Tuesday, Nov. 14. Call 607-644-0736 or send an email to hrtcenter12@gmail.com

EVENTS


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.

Spring 2017
The Sophia Center for Spirituality
30 Main St., Binghamton, NY

Sophia House

719 West Main St., Endicott, NY