These events may interest those who support the mission of The Sophia Center for Spirituality

Sunday, Jan. 28: Children of Abraham resumes its monthly Interfaith Conversations Series from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 183 Riverside Drive in Binghamton.

Sundays, Feb. 4 - March 11: Wholehearted Living After Loss - A six-session educational & experiential series on grief, loss & transition with Yvonne Lucia
Picture As human beings, none of us escapes the ravages of grief, loss, and transition in all of their myriad forms.  Whether we have experienced the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a broken relationship through betrayal or divorce, letting go of a beloved companion animal, geographical relocation, or any other life change, navigating our lives during such times poses profound challenges as well as opportunities for growth. In this experiential/educational six-session series we will learn ways that our creativity and resiliency have the potential to assist us as we move forward in our lives and learn to live wholeheartedly after loss.  We will work with gentle creative processes to support us in our journeys with grief.  Our small circle will be a safe space for sharing our stories of change, loss and transition, whether from death of a loved one, or any other major life change or transition.

  • Session 1: Exploring Our Beliefs About Grief - We will look at personal and societal ideas about what grief “should” look like, and will share our experiences of expectations around grief that we have placed on ourselves, or others have placed on us.
  • Session 2: The Ripples of Loss - Loss affects different spheres and aspects of our lives. We will spend time exploring these different layers and their ripple effect as we navigate through grief’s terrain.
  • Session 3:  Unanswerable Questions - Often after a loss we feel weighed down with a cache of unanswerable questions.  In this session we will shift the energy of these questions so that we can move forward with more freedom and lightness of being.
  • Session 4:  Bridging the Gaps - How do we bridge the gaps between who we were before our loss, and who we are now? How do we bridge the gaps between who/where we are now and where we want to be as we move forward with our lives?
  • Session 5: Re-membering - In this session we will discuss the concepts of “closure” vs. experiencing a continuing bond with what we have lost.  Creative exercises will allow us to gently explore these continuing bonds.
  • Session 6: Embracing Wholehearted Living After Loss - We will share what we have learned about loss and grief during this series , and will create a personal resiliency toolkit to support our continuing journeys.

Each session is approximately 90 minutes in length.
DATES: Sunday afternoons February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4 & 11, from 3 to 4:30 P.M.
LOCATION: 9 Mitchell Avenue, Binghamton
COST:  $180.00 for the series of 6 sessions, includes an optional individual session with Yvonne.
To register, please call or text Yvonne at 607-727-5332,  or respond by email,
NOTE: A brief introductory interview is required to participate in the Wholehearted Living After Loss Series.

Fourth Friday of the Month, January - April, 2018: After Work Arty Hour

Unwind at the end of your busy and stressful month by making something with your own hands!  Scientific research shows that creative arts can induce a relaxation response similar to activities such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and visual imagery. Each month a user-friendly project will be presented.  Yvonne Lucia, who has 30 years of experience leading art-making circles and workshops, will instruct, encourage, and inspire you. Everyone can create with Yvonne's supportive guidance.  All materials provided. No previous art experience is necessary.  This is a substance-free event.

WHEN:  6:30 to 8:30 PM on the Fourth Friday of the month in January, February, March & April 2018
DATES:  January 26,  February 23,  March 23,  April 27
WHERE: 9  Mitchell Avenue, Binghamton (Parking behind building)
COST:     $20.00 per person
PLEASE RSVP BY THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Call or text to 607-727-5332 or respond by email,