Wednesdays, October 9 & 23, November 6 & 20, 12:00 - 1:45 p.m. or 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Book Group: The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault, First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton, NY.
If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault is a masterful guide to Jesus's vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teachings for yourself.
Book:The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault (available on Amazon.com and BN.com) if possible, please get the book and read Chapters 1, 2 and 12 before the first meeting.
Facilitators: Sister Lois Barton, CSJ and Cheryl Lyon, CPC Suggested Donation: $50 for the series (or what you can afford) Register bycalling or texting Cheryl Lyon at (607) 316-8382 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 15, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch with the Psalms, The Sophia Center for Spirituality, 30 Main St. Binghamton, NY.
Spend a half hour in meditative discussion of the psalm of the day.
Friday, October 18, 9 a.m. - noon - NEW! WEEKDAY Quiet Morning Retreat: Photography as a Spiritual Practice, with certified life coach and spiritual director Cheryl Lyon, CPC, Sophia House, 719 West Main Street, Endicott, NY
Images, including those we take on our smartphones, can help us “see” more deeply, reflect on our lives, and open to receive guidance in a different way. We’ll look at the difference between “taking pictures” and “receiving images,” and explore how intentional time with our phone cameras can become both a spiritual practice and an aid to discernment.
This will be a hands-on, experiential retreat. We will be taking photos, so bring your fully charged smartphone (or, alternatively, a digital camera with a screen viewer). Be prepared to explore, share and perhaps experience a bit of “Divine surprise.” Weather permitting, you may explore the garden and surrounding area, but there are plenty of images within the retreat house as well. You may be surprised at what unfolds from a seemingly run-of-the-mill image.
Come spend a relaxing morning playing with your phone and re-connecting to yourself and Spirit. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.
Donation: $30 or whatever you can afford.
Register by Oct. 11 by an email to cheryl@wingedlifecoaching or calling/texting Cheryl at 607-316-8382.
Cheryl is an experienced life coach, spiritual director, and retreat leader who delights in providing creative experiences that give people an opportunity to connect with their deeper selves and with the larger All-That-Is that some name God.
Sunday, October 28, 6:00 p.m. - Taizé, The Sophia Center for Spirituality, 30 Main St., Binghamton, NY
Our monthly Taizé service consists of scripture, chanting and silent prayer combined into a beautiful, communal meditation.