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Monday Night Book Study: Session 48-10

Two BreakOut Room Sessions tonight brought our study of "On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old" to a close. Ken's wisdom was shared with us as an opener: "Live generously and faithfully with hope via your 'thin' places. Share the wisdom you have acquired in your life experiences." Wise words that complement our key theme quote from Parker Palmer: "We need to reframe aging as a passage of discovery and engagement. Not decline and inaction."

Wayne reviewed a key discovery from each of the chapters, the prelude and postlude. In BreakOut I we discussed the impact of Dr. Palmer's book on our lives and in BreakOut II we shared great reads and suggestions for Fall Monday Night Book Study. Sheryl closed with a short prayer. Our session this fall will begin on September 19, 2022. See you there!!

Monday Night Book Study: Session 48-09

As usual, there were many topics for consideration for the Break Out session which had an extra amount of time. Pause for Consider, to be released later today, will include a short video featuring Br. David Steindl-Rast speaking on the Benedictine Rule, itself a major theme of Dr. Palmer's Chapter Six. Wayne's themes for the evening drew upon the ideas of Erik Erikson and Palmer and participants willingly shared their special places in nature. Frans Heynen's opening which featured Carl Sagan's "One Blue Dot" video set the tone for a very good evening and the third of the three songs written specifically for our book by Newcomer and Palmer was shared as a closing.

Next week is our concluding evening. Ken will open and Sheryl will close. Book Suggestions for our next study will be discussed as will our format. See you there.

Monday Night Book Study: Session 48-08

We had such a great session last night -- lots of discussion with a plethora of things to discuss in our BreakOut Rooms. "Keep Reaching In: Staying Engaged with your Soul" was our focus and Wayne raised 14 points that he developed from his reading. 

Michael opened with his own composition, dedicated to his dear friend and Deb closed with the reading of a poem, written specifically for our study. Thank you to both of you for your dedication and contributions to the study. 

Next week we will be finishing our study based on the reading of Chapter Seven and the Postlude: Where We Go When We Die. Should be a good one. 

Monday Night Book Study: Session 48-07

Discussion last night was most invigorating. We were dealing with political issues from the perspective of Parker Palmer. His message was one of sanctuary -- finding solace and support in these troubled times. Ruth's opening featured Carrie Newcomer and Parker Palmer's song, "Sanctuary" and Karen's Closing shared with us the importance of radical love and grace in our relationships with each other. 

Next week, we will be reviewing Chapter VI: Keep Reaching In: Staying Engaged with Your Soul. Michael will be opening and Deb closing. If you wish to join us, contact Brenda, Wayne or Joan. 

Monday Night Book Study: Session 48-06

Chapter Four caused us to reflect on our vocations as we were guided through the finding and faithfulness to vocation of Dr. Parker Palmer. Tonight, Frans Heynen opened with two quotes from Chapter Four: "Age itself is no excuse to wade into the shadows. It's a reason to dive deep and take creative risks." As he explored the meaning of risk, taken on behalf of the common good, he guided us to this video: Wayne elaborated on 11 discoveries from Chapter IV while Brenda shared with us a video segment in which Palmer answered a question about the concept of God. Closing tonight was provided by Heather McGilvary that concluded with Palmer's Poem: "The Poem I Would Have Writ." 

Februry 14, 2022

Chapter Three offered all kinds of opportunity for reflection. Wayne selected 13 challenges upon which to focus and our videos dealt with Palmer's Spiritual Journey -- The Medium I swim in -- and courage and vulnerability as it applies to democracy. Sally opened and Carrie Newcomer's song "Sanctuary" was our closing last night. Again, breakout rooms had lots to discuss and the 20+ minutes went by quickly. Jock shared a sonnet, based on Chapter Three which he recited for us. You can find it in "Pause to Consider 48-05" on the MINISTRIES page Adult Spiritual Development Ministry. 

February 7, 2022: 

Chapter Two of Dr. Parker Palmer's most recent book, "On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old" was the focus of our fourth session of Monday Night Book Study on ZOOM.  Joan opened our session with thoughts, readings and prayer; Jock's poem which evolved from the reading was read; Wayne shared eleven challenges that arose for him in the chapter; Brenda shared segments from two videos, featuring Dr. Palmer and a third video featuring a flash mob dance filmed in an airport in South Africa (2011) concluded our evening. Twenty minutes during the evening were devoted to break out room discussions that dealt with a plethora of topics raised by Chapter II: Young and Old -- The Dance of the Generations. 

Next week's reading is Chapter III: Getting Real -- From Illusion to Reality. Plan to join us at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Add your name to our mailing list and we will see that you get your invitation. 

January 31, 2022: 

The weather has changed bringing us wintry temperatures and north winds, however we were able to join Monday Night Book Study from the warmth of our homes on 24 devices in 24 locations including Toronto, Kamloops and Calgary. The marvels of technology. Darlene opened the evening reviewing a meeting in 1994 with Desmond Tutu on a visit to England following the end of apartheid and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Council of South Africa. Healing began as confession and forgiveness took over. We closed with a video of Dr. Parker Palmer's lyrics and Carrie Newcomer singing "The Music Will Play On." The pdf from tonight's Session 48-03 is available on the MINISTRIES/ Adult Spiritual Development Ministries page. 

Next week's reading is Chapter Two-- Young and Old: The Dance of the Generations.

January 24, 2022: 

It is so delightful to have our friends from Kamloops and friend from Toronto join us on ZOOM as we study "On the Brink of Everything" by Dr. Parker Palmer. Last night's videos were current as is his book, published in 2018. When Dr. Palmer speaks about "needing to reframe aging as a passage of discovery and engagement. Not decline or inaction" we are made aware of his growing edges as he experiences his aging. 

Joan opened last night in prayer and the reading of a poem by Mary Oliver. Wayne stresses that Dr. Palmer's book is more poetic than factual, more reflective than objective. Closing last night was with Brenda and featured the song specifically written for the book by Carrie Newcomer. Next week focus will be Chapter One-- "The View from the Brink:What I Can See from Here..."
Check out the pdf from last night's session #2 on MINISTRIES/ Adult Spiritual Development page. Maybe we will see you next week. 


January 18, 2022:

How awesome to see everyone last night! We have a fairly long contact list and we had lots of people to share ideas with in Session #1. Ken opened and Joan closed. Check out the pdf attachment of last night's slides and today's reflection, "Pause to Consider." 

January 17, 2022: 

Plan to join us on Monday night for our first session of the study of Parker Palmer's most recent book. It's subtitles are Grace, Gravity and Getting Old. For many of us, Palmer's writing about teaching and spiritual development have long been trusted guides. Our study starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Hope to see you there. P.S. If you would like to be on our contact list, contact Brenda, Wayne or Joan and we will gladly add your name.