Join with others for six sessions to:
Kelly’s home - near I-25 and Yale
Each session will begin with a meditation that helps us drop into our hearts and open to the flow of the divine.
As our foundation, we will use the book Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics by Mirabai Starr. It is a book about feminine mystics, women who embodied that intimate relationship with the Beloved in every aspect of their lives across the spectrum of the world's great religions and the Indigenous wisdom ways.
Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. She is a guest writer for Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation
Spirituality and Practice offers this summary of the book:
In twelve chapters, Starr opens our hearts and minds to an amazing and eclectic array of wise women from all religious and spiritual traditions including Kuan Yin, Tara, Sophia, Mother Mary, Mirabai, Saint Teresa of Avila, Kali, Durga, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Gaia, Hildegard of Bingen, Rabia Basrit, Gangali, Mary Magdalene, and a whole host of others.
What can we (both women and men) learn from these wise women? By cultivating the contemplative life, we can tap into the private and public benefits of turning inward. While so many of us are exhausted and work-driven, we can harvest the restorative peace of keeping the Sabbath Holy. We can make the most of the spiritual practices of yearning and sexual embodiment. We can find true fulfilment in mothering as a path of awakening. We are called to take care of the Earth and savor the creativity of the arts. We can commit to forgiveness as an art of mercy. We can take seriously the ultimate spiritual practice of dying. After reflections on each lesson, Starr offers simple writing exercises and spiritual practices for deepening your understanding.
Additional and optional practices, resources and readings will be provided along the way.
Please email Kelly to register. She will email you back with payment details and location directions/links. Her email is: email@example.com
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When we lose connection to nature we no longer experience the amazing life system that supports us. Further, we forget that we are nature - one with all. This workshop helps you develop practices to connect, honor and reciprocate with the natural world.
Originally scheduled for Saturday April 11, 2020 - POSTPONED due to COVID-19, and will be rescheduled. Stay tuned!
Kelly’s home and then outdoors
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The workshop begins with honoring and offering gratitude to nature's elements and the land on which we/you reside. We quiet the mind, come into alignment with our center and expand our awareness so that we can sense and experience what the natural realm wants to teach us.
In the morning, you will learn practices that include:
After lunch, we will travel together to Cherry Creek State Park to practice what we have learned. If the weather is not amenable, we will walk to nearby Eisenhower Park for a shorter practice session and return to the house for indoor practices.
Bring a journal!
Price is $90; however, Kelly will gratefully receive whatever you can offer.
Price includes lunch and admittance to the State Park
Maximum 10 participants
To register, email Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org
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What I Believe: Compare Eight Major World Religions and (Re)Construct Your Meaning Making System
A six-session class taught by Rev. Kelly Dignan
Wednesdays: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Mountain Standard Time. Online using Zoom. All in our new year of 2020!
Price: $120 per person
This class is for you if you want to construct or reconstruct a personal theology (or meaning making system) and learn about the world's religions. Both help us get grounded, especially when we're living in what feels like ungrounded times. Each session begins with a time of meditation to help us get centered in our hearts and remember that while spiritual work involves the head, it eventually comes back to the heart.
Our primary text is God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World by religion scholar Stephen Prothero. He argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. He offers a survey of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Taoism and Atheism and helps the reader become more religiously literate. You’ll be asked to buy the book or get it from the library. Kelly will provide chapter summaries.
The first four sessions will focus on the book and the major world religions. Kelly will offer insights into their mystical branches and include a section on indigenous spirituality. The sessions will consist of discussion, not lecture, and there will be questions to help us explore each religion more deeply. You will consider your own theology throughout the course using the western construct of a systematic theology (found below). The last two sessions will be devoted entirely to constructing your theology.
Traditionally, theology has to do with the study of God or divine things, but there is another definition as well: The study of the meanings, values, and convictions from which we live. We are all theologians. We can develop our own theologies (meaning-making systems), and we do it best with others in community. Plus, our theologies change over time, so having a group to ponder with is a beautiful thing. We will have a “covenant” in place to create a safe and brave space for conversation because it’s likely none of us will end up with exactly the same theology. If you are in the midst of a spiritual and theological shift, you may experience some heartache, so Kelly will offer spiritual support, and the group will hold you in love.
Please email Kelly to register, pay and receive the detailed course outline. email@example.com
"Kelly created an incredible “What I Believe” course. She’s steeped in faith knowledge and carefully guides each of us to clarify our own beliefs as well as deepen our daily practices. I highly recommend this course." Kim
"This is a fabulous class. You will love it!" Diane
Elements of a Systematic Theology
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