March 20, 2023
“Very few Christians were given permission or training, in riding all three wheels together, much less allowing experience to be the front wheel.” (Reflection #40) We have now completed our study of "Every Thing is Sacred." With our concluding evening we will be reflecting on our overall experience with Fr. Richard Rohr and Patrick Boland.
If you would like to follow our keynote for 50-07 or read the summary of our evening together, turn to Ministries/ACTSministry/ and click to read.
March 13, 2023
A quote from Reflection # 34,
“As long as you operate inside any scarcity model, there will never be enough God or grace to go around. Jesus came to undo our notions of scarcity and tip us over into a worldview of absolute abundance — or what he would call the “Reign of God.” (Reflection #34)
Our last evening of input will be March 20 with one session remaining during which we will be summarizing with each other. Reading for the week is from Reflection #35 onward.
March 6, 2023
A quote from our book, "When we have the courage to name our sins, we no longer need to project them onto others. In taking responsibility, we can move from shame-based denial toward something that can be healed and restored within ourselves." As we work our way through "Every Thing is Sacred" we are learning ways to deepen our faith and understandings. Only three nights left in this series. For next week, read Reflections 28 through 34 and spend some time pausing to consider our Monday Night study last night.
February 27, 2023
Suffering, getting to know yourself and love were the themes of Reflections 15 to 21. Discussion was incredible. Thank you all for your willingness to share.
February 20, 2023
Family day brought our book study family together with the third of eight sessions exploring the book "Every Thing is Sacred" by Fr. Richard Rohr. The conversation is invigorating and the learning sometimes very steep. The sharing makes it special.
February 13, 2023
Seventeen of us were gathered last night for Monday Night Book Study. If you are following online, we meet on Zoom Monday Night and on Tuesday, "Pause to Consider" is published online, summarizing discussions, etc. from the book study. Readings for next week: References 8 -14.
Every Thing is Sacred by Patrick Boland and Fr. Richard Rohr will be the book we study for the next seven nights. Please join us. Contact the office for the Zoom invitation
Monday Night Book Study:
November 28, 2022: We have finished our Fall Monday Night Book Study in fine fashion. We spent our time, commenting on the book, "Humankind: A Hopeful History" and its impact on our thinking. Secondly, we spent time dreaming about what might be our focus for Session #50 beginning on January 23, 2023. Hope to see you then.
November 21, 2022: The book is complete with only the Epilog to go. Again, we gathered, viewed, discussed, questioned as we attacked Chapters 17, 18 and 19, concluding with the peace truce story of Christmas Eve 1914. We were left with "A Hopeful History" as promised by Bregman when we started our study.
Next week will be our final session. Reading is the Epilog, to which we have referred to weekly as we made our way through the book. Bregman's Rules to Live by have guided us along since September. Maybe next week we will add a guiding rule or two. N,
November 14, 2022: Chapter 15 brought out all kinds of thinking and sharing last night. Mike, from Toronto, opened Session 49-08 and Deb closed. Contribution last night from Jim, from Kamloops, was very informative as he talked about the "Tragedy of the Commons." The Pause for Consideration for 49-08 sets a record for length; it includes the text from opening, closing and Tragedy of the Commons.
We have two sessions left as the reading of the book draws to a close. Read Chapters 16, 17 and 18.
November 7, 2022: So tonight we were blessed to be on ZOOM rather than facing the sub-zero temperatures outside. There were 18 of us online to consider Intrinsic Motivation and Homo Ludens (Humans, who play). Ken opened with a timely session on "Misinformation and Disinformation. Thank you, Ken. Next week, read Chapter 15 (This is what Democracy Looks Like) and the prologue for Part Five: Turn the Other Cheek.
October 31, 2022: In spite of ringing door bells and Hallowe'en Trick Or Treaters at the door, we managed to enjoy our session 49-06 together tonight. We even had a couple of participants dressed for the occasion. Our Focus tonight was on the question "Why Good People turn Bad" and our theories added to Bregman's gave rise to great discussion. Our Rule #6 was Love your own as others love their own. Bregman was asking us to remember that in all we do, we love those we claim to know as do others love those they know and care for.
Next week, Read the intro to Part 4 as well as Chapters 13 and 14. See you then.
October 24, 2022: "Try to understand the other, even when you don't know where they are coming from." A great night. Thanks to Margie for her opener and Karen, for the closing.
October 3, 2022 49-03:
Another great evening thanks to your particapation. Take a read of the Pause to Consider for a recap and, of course, review the pdf of the Session as provided.
No gathering on October 10 -- Thanksgiving Monday. See you on the 17th. Read Chapter 6, Part Two Intro and Chapter 7.
September 26, 2022 Session #2
Discussion tonight was awesome. I was able to note some contributions which you will find in Pause to Conside 49-02. Readings for next week are Chapters 3,4 and 5. See you there.
September 17, 2022:
We have begun our study of Humankind: A Hopeful History. There will be 9 more sessions. We continue to meet on zoom with 21 devices online for Session #1. File attachments for the presentation and the Pause to Consider which tries to capture the events of the session, are attached below. Enjoy!
Plan to join us on Monday nights as we explore a new book. Our study starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.
If you would like to purchase the book and join, please contact Brenda, Wayne or Joan and we will gladly add your name.