Book Discussion: Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living
Jan
10
to Jan 31

Book Discussion: Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

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An in depth discussion led by Susan Richane over three sessions: Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24 & 31 from 2 pm to 3:15 pm.

Meet in the Church Library
Registration required by January 7.

In Becoming Wise, Krista Tippet has created a master class in living for a fractured world. Fracture, she says, is not the whole story of our time. The enduring question of what it means to be human has become inextricable from the challenge of who we are to one another. She insists on the possibility of personal depth and common life for this century, nurtured by science and “spiritual technologies,” with civility and love as muscular public practice. And, accompanied by a cross-disciplinary dream team of a teaching faculty, she shows us how. (Penguin-Random House)

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Great Decisions
Jan
17
to Mar 7

Great Decisions

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Come join America’s largest discussion program on foreign affairs.  The eight week program model involves reading the Great Decisions briefing book, watching the DVD and meeting with a discussion group to discuss the topics for that evening.  

This program meets in the Shaw Room for eight Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm, starting January 17.  

A light supper will be available for $10.
The cost of the briefing book is $25.  Assistance is available to help with this cost.

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 This year’s topics are as follows:

o The waning of Pax Americana?
o Russia’s foreign policy
o China and America: the new geopolitical equation
o Media and foreign policy
o Turkey: a partner in crisis
o U.S. global engagement and the military
o South Africa’s fragile democracy
o Global health: progress and challenges

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Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy
Nov
12
12:30 PM12:30

Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy

Book discussion led by Kim McConnell

Registration appreciated, but not required.

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

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Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past: A Workshop for Change Agents
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past: A Workshop for Change Agents

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Led by Miki Kashtan, co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication and the Center for Efficient Collaboration.

Register online by October 24

If you feel inspired by this vision, this workshop, is an opportunity to start where you are -- in your life, your organizational contexts, your community work, or your spiritual community -- and gain tools to move further in that direction.

  • Are you looking to align your organization with its purpose and values?
  • Are you committed to working for change?
  • Have you often wondered why so many organizations are full of conflict?
  • Do you wish to grow your capacity to connect with people across differences?
  • Would you like to find a path for navigating power issues – your own and others’?

If you said “yes” to these questions, this training will offer food for the journey. Whether you are a change agent within an organization, a facilitator or teacher, or are exploring how you can make a positive difference, this experience will offer:

  • Convergent Facilitation tools for supporting decisions that work for everyone
  • Dialogue skills for connecting and resolving challenges with others, even long-standing ones
  • Perspectives and tools for understanding and engaging with your own and others’ power and privilege
  • An approach to building alternative institutions that anchor and embody your vision
  • A path towards leadership that does not compromise others’ participation and wisdom

A Note on Financial Contribution:
This is a workshop about changing the way we work together. This transformation must include our relation to resources including money. We’re planning to explore this as part of the workshop.

Requested Deposit:
Our preference is that you sign up with a deposit of $50 – to help cover up-front costs and to gauge how many people to expect – and then choose during the workshop how much you will give. If $50 is beyond what you are able to give, please sign up with at least $10.

Requested Donation:
If you would prefer a fixed number in advance, we invite you to give $275 at registration to support the sustainability of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and BayNVC (Miki’s workplace) and to make this training accessible.

If, on average, we receive $200 from each person at the end and have over 50 participants, this will support our sustainability. We invite you not to be bound by it and to stretch into giving much less or much more. Thank you for engaging in this important exploration of resources with us!

**Please note the following schedule for this 3 day workshop: Nov. 3 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm; Nov. 4 from 9:30am - 5:00pm; Nov. 5 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Learn more about Miki one her website as well.

Register online by October 24

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Book Discussion: Mornings in Jenin
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Book Discussion: Mornings in Jenin

A discussion, led by Melanie Duguid-May on the Palestinian conflict through the lens of the book Mornings in Jenin.

Registration appreciated, but not required.

"Set against one of the twentieth century's most intractable political conflicts, Mornings in Jenin is a deeply human novel - a novel of history, identity, friendship, love, terrorism, surrender, courage, and hope. Its power forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining conflicts of our lifetimes."

 

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Healing Foods: A Fresh Take on Comfort Food
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Healing Foods: A Fresh Take on Comfort Food

Join Diane King and Lea Kone for an informative and delicious evening as we explore what "comfort foods" mean to us and learn to take a fresh approach to cooking (and eating) with both health and comfort in mind.

This program includes hands on cooking as well as time for eating together as a group.

There is a $10 suggested donation per person to assist with food costs.

Meet in the Downtown Church Kitchen on the 2nd Floor.

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Making it Personal: A Listening Circle to Help Heal the Historical Imbalance between Women and Men
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Making it Personal: A Listening Circle to Help Heal the Historical Imbalance between Women and Men

EVENT IS CANCELLED

About this event:
Each of us has had our lives shaped by the systems created by the global imbalance between women and men that has existed for thousands of years.

It’s time to bring those who identify as men and women together to tell our stories in a safe, brave space of honest sharing and deep listening.  Because this issue has affected all of us, the healing that can come from the sharing of our stories on this issue can be profound. Although we will be explicitly focused around issues for men and women, all are welcome. 

Please consider joining us for this Listening Circle to begin to heal the divide that creates so much misunderstanding and suffering in our personal development, our relationships, our institutions, and our culture.   Let’s move together towards the biggest picture our hearts can hold for a beautiful future, one truly heard story at a time.

Be ready to listen and speak with courage, openness, honesty, and compassion for one another.  What is said in the circle stays in the circle.

Highly Suggested Reading: 
Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men, by William Keepin, PhD

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Walking the Camino de Santiago
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Walking the Camino de Santiago

For well over a thousand years, the Camino de Santiago has existed as a Christian pilgrimage for individuals seeking spiritual transformation, redemption or a new beginning.  

Each pilgrim has their own reason for walking, and their own story upon completion.  Join Lea Kone as she shares her images and experiences from walking the Portuguese route of the Camino de Santiago this past year.  She will share excerpts from her journal in describing how the powerful feelings of solitude, loneliness, courage and connection shaped not only her Camino experience, but her spiritual path beyond. 

Event to be held in the Shaw Room
No registration or fee required. 
Light refreshments will be provided.

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Listening as an Act of Love and Social Change
Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

Listening as an Act of Love and Social Change

Led by Kit Miller, Director of the Gandhi Institute

This experiential workshop will focus on strengthening empathy for self and others as well as exploring and refreshing your listening skills through the lens of Nonviolent Communication.  We will practice listening as a gift as well as listening during difficult conversations.  The time together will include small group work and play.

Program held in Celebration Hall (2nd Floor)
Food and Drink will be provided.

$10 Registration, Scholarships available. Register by July 8.

Register here or call 585-325-4004, ext 17.

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Evening Walk Along the Genesee Riverway Trail
Jun
29
6:30 PM18:30

Evening Walk Along the Genesee Riverway Trail

Led by Sally Allison

Come take a walk along the Turning Point Park section of the Genesee Riverway Trail. Afterward, we will head to Abbotts near Ontario Beach for ice cream.

Registration appreciated, but not required.

Register here or call 585-325-4004, ext 17.

Directions:

To get to Turning Point Park where there is a parking lot and easy access to the trail:

 - From Downtown Presbyterian Church go north on State St. which becomes Lake Avenue.
 - Take Lake Ave. north to Charlotte and turn right onto Boxart St.
 - Take the short bit of Boxart to the T where one turns right to continue onto Boxart St. (It will feel like a different road because it is a stop sign and a 90 degree right turn.)
 - Follow Boxart to the end and you will see the parking lot on the left. 

To get to the Abbott's at Ontario Beach Park, just go back out onto Lake and go north to Ontario Beach Park. Abbott's is on the left. 

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Creating Prayer Flags
May
28
11:00 AM11:00

Creating Prayer Flags

Led by Lea Kone and Mary Bookout
Event held at Camp Whitman in the Dining Hall

Tibetan prayer flags are used to promote peace compassion and wisdom as they blow in the wind. You are invited to bring something meaningful to you to incorporate into your flag which will be joined with others. Craft materials will be supplied. One string will be created for Downtown Presbyterian Church and one for Camp Whitman.

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