FEBRUARY 2020

  • Wednesdays, February 5 &19, March 4 & 18, and April 1, noon-1:30 p.m. OR 6:30-8:00 p.m. (choose one): Winter Book Group: Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor, The Sophia Center for Spirituality, 30 Main St. Binghamton, NY. 

    In Learning to Walk in the Dark, author Barbara Brown Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us “in the dark.” She argues that through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most. With her characteristic charm and literary wisdom, Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find our footing in times of uncertainty and giving us strength and hope to face all of life’s challenging moments. (The book is available on Amazon.com and BN.com; if possible, please get the book and read the Introduction and Chapter 1 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 by January 29 by calling or texting Cheryl Lyon at (607) 316-8382 or e-mailing cheryl [at] wingedlifecoaching.com


  • Wednesdays, February 5 & 19, 6:30 p.m. - Centering Prayer, Sophia House, 719 West Main Street, Endicott, NY.

    Silent, contemplative meditation.


  • Tuesday, February 11, 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.


  • Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. - Confluence: A Flowing Together—Love, interfaith prayer service, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 701 West Main St., Endicott, NY.

    Join us for the third of our monthly prayer services to help us choose the energy of “YES” in these troubled times. This month we meditate upon Love.

    We at The Sophia Center plan to focus each month on a different concern by creating a service that one might call a “holy hour” that will call us to reflect on a core issue, share our willingness to meet the issue head on, and offer our prayer and silence for the eradication of its challenge and the restoration of hope.

    All are welcome.


  • Sunday,  February 23, 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.


    MARCH 2020

  • Mondays, March 2, 9,16, 23, 30, 6:30 ~ 8:00 p.m.: The Sophia Center for Spirituality and Christ Episcopal Church present The Gospel of Thomas - Contemplating the words of Christ, facilitated by Sr. Lois Barton, CSJ, of The Sophia Center for Spirituality, and Rev. Elizabeth Ewing, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church. First Congregational Church, 30 Main Street, Binghamton, NY.
    (corner of Main and Front streets)

    Come to one or make it a Lenten practice and come to all five

    We have heard the gospels so often. But how often have we stopped to truly contemplate just the actual words of Jesus Christ? The Gospel of Thomas consists of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus, many of which overlap with sayings of Jesus in the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, including many of the “hard sayings” of Jesus. However, in the Gospel of Thomas, the sayings are presented without story or context, and in that setting reveal more clearly the aspect of Jesus as Wisdom Teacher.

    The Gospel of Thomas was discovered near Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945, but had been referenced in other writings known to scholars prior to that time. Together with other writings found at Nag Hammadi, it is believed to have been hidden in response to a Bishop’s order to destroy any documents not included in the canonical Bible. Many scholars believe that the Gospel of Thomas was written in the first century, at least as early as the canonical gospels.

    What to expect: we will spend time in contemplation of the sayings, using the tradition of lectio divina (reading, reflecting, listening for what the text may be saying to us personally or collectively). We will have discussion about what the texts might mean, but no attempt will be made to find one definitive, “correct,” meaning. Instead, we will listen in the Wisdom tradition for what the text may be saying to us in this moment in time.

    There is no registration required. Come as you can, to one session or to all five. A free-will offering will be accepted for benefit of VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments), a local organization committed to developing a sustainable and just community food system.

    For more information, call 607-644-0736 or email hrtcenter12@gmail.com


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

    Silent, contemplative meditation.


  • Friday/Saturday, March 6-7, 7:00 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m. - Standing at the Threshold ~ a 24-hour Contemplative Retreat led by Cheryl Lyon, CPC, Sophia House, 719 West Main St., Endicott, NY.

    In her book Open the Door, Joyce Rupp says the symbol and metaphor of the threshold “marks the division between who we are now and who we will become, between present awareness of the Holy One and how this relationship develops in the future….The gift of the threshold provides a way to cross over into a fuller life of spiritual depth and freedom.”

    While we are always on a threshold of becoming, we also face other thresholds, some of our own choosing, others thrust upon us by the circumstances of life or decisions of other people. Big or small, every threshold is a time of uncertainty and change, but also wonder and possibility.  At every threshold, God is with us, ever calling us forward into greater spiritual freedom and abundance of life. 

    In this retreat, we will seek to further welcome God across the thresholds of our inner lives and open the doors to our inner selves and to the Divine. We will consider the thresholds we have crossed and those yet to be crossed, and whether there are doors in our lives that need to be closed. Having been re-fueled by a time of reflection and quietude, we may find ourselves more willing to swing the doors of our hearts back open to the world. There will be ample time for solitude, and all group activities are optional. 

    Cheryl Lyon, CPC, is an experienced life coach, spiritual director, and retreat leader. Cheryl delights in providing multi-faceted experiences that give people an opportunity to connect with their deeper selves and with the larger All-That-Is that many name God.

    Donation:  $85 or whatever you can afford. See our 24-Hr Retreats page for additional information. 

    Register by February 28, via email to cheryl@wingedlifecoaching or calling/texting her at 607-316-8382


  • Tuesday, March 10, 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.


  • Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. - Confluence: A Flowing Together—TBA, interfaith prayer service, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 701 West Main St., Endicott, NY.

    Join us for the fourth of our monthly prayer services to help us choose the energy of “YES” in these troubled times. This month we meditate upon TBA.

    We at The Sophia Center plan to focus each month on a different concern by creating a service that one might call a “holy hour” that will call us to reflect on a core issue, share our willingness to meet the issue head on, and offer our prayer and silence for the eradication of its challenge and the restoration of hope.

    All are welcome.


  • Sunday,  March 22, 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.

SUMMER 2019
The Sophia Center for Spirituality
30 Main St., Binghamton, NY

Sophia House

719 West Main St., Endicott, NY

EVENTS

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

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