It was very early in the morning, just as dawn was breaking. I was walking around Spring Lake, enjoying the cool air and the way the trees look at that time of day…silhouettes against the lightening sky. Lost in my own thoughts and prayers, I wasn’t paying much attention to the few other folks who were also out for their morning trek around the lake.
That is, until I spotted her! Every time I see this woman, my heart leaps and I get ready to smile. For years, she and I have walked different directions around the lake, so our paths end up crossing and I look forward to it every time.
I’ve never officially met this woman- I don’t know her name and she doesn’t know mine. We’ve never had a conversation. Why do I anticipate this brief encounter with such joy?
She is an older lady of Scandinavian descent. When I see her coming, I smile at her and I say “Good morning!” and she smiles at me and sings the words “Good morning!” back to me. That’s right, in her wonderful Scandinavian accent, she SINGS those two words to me. The sound is delightful and I always feel happy!
It struck me this week that I want to be a person who brings joy to other people’s hearts…and that this is our hope for the Journey Center, too! We want to be a place of love and welcome, offering resources that make a difference in your life, so that when you come into contact with us, your heart is encouraged.
As we near the end of September, it’s time once again to send you this list of the groups, workshops, prayer/meditation gatherings, concerts, retreats and other offerings that might just be that encouragement your heart is needing in the month ahead. Each one has a link to more details, and you can register to let us know you will be attending by calling us at 707-578-2121 or by signing up on our website at www.journeycenter.org . We so look forward to seeing you soon…
THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE SERIES:
Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop THIS Friday, September 30 (6:30-8:30 p.m.). Centering prayer is a contemporary form of Christ-centered contemplative prayer practice that invites us to rest in God and consent to the Holy Spirit’s action and presence within our lives. This workshop is for anyone who wishes to deepen their awareness of God and experience great intimacy and presence in silence. Facilitated by Ruah Bull. Registration required. For more information: http://www.journeycenter.org/posters/introCenteringPrayer_Fall2011.pdf
The Centering Prayer Retreat Day THIS Saturday, October 1, 10am – 3pm will offer silence, a variety of contemplative prayer practices such as prayer walk, lectio divina and journaling, as well as several centering prayer sits. Facilitated by Alexandra Montoya, spiritual director. View the Centering Prayer Retreat Day poster
Walking the Path Together: a spirituality support group- THIS Thursday, October 6, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Dick Meyer facilitates this group for those who want to share their experience of God with others. View the Walking the Path Together and Reading Group poster
Lectio/Video Divina- Contemplating Scripture in Word and Image: Thur, October 13, 7pm – 9pm. Learn about an ancient art technique known as lectio divina- a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures. Video divina utilizes film clips, scripture, prayer, reflection, and discussion in a contemplative way. Facilitated by Victoria MacDonald. View the Contemplating Scripture Poster
Meeting the Mystics – John of the Cross and the Mystic’s Dark Nights: Fri, October 14, 7pm – 9pm. John of the Cross was a 16th century mystic, poet, spiritual reformer and teacher of prayer. Come learn about his life from facilitator Jim Neafsey. View the October Meeting the Mystics poster
Spiritual Direction: An Invitation to Encounter the Holy (Workshop)- Mon, October 17, 7pm – 9pm. Grow in your awareness of the presence and movement of God in your life. What is this ancient practice called spiritual direction? How can it enhance and support your spiritual journey? Join us for this free workshop to find out. Facilitated by Linda Albert and Dick Meyer, Journey Center spiritual directors. View the
Spiritual Direction Workshop Poster
Christ-centered Reading Group: Thu, October 20, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. In this reading group, we will read and discuss books that express a variety of ways to think about, engage with, and encounter Christ today– within ourselves and in our communities. Facilitated by Andy Trapp. View the Walking the Path Together and Reading Group poster.
Contemplative Healing Prayer Gathering Fri, October 28, 6pm – 7pm. A time of reflection and healing prayer for physical, emotional, mental, relational and spiritual healing, as well as prayer for our community and our world. View the
Contemplative Gatherings poster
For details about our regular prayer/meditation groups offered throughout the week, click here: http://journeycenter.org/hapPrayerMedGatherings.php
“The Attorney is In”- THIS Monday, Oct 3, 30-minute appointments from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Meet with our favorite attorney, Roy Johnston, at the Journey Center for a no-cost 30-minute consultation on any legal issue or question. Registration is required and Roy asks that you make any donation to the Journey Center . View the
“Attorney Is In” Poster
COMPASSION, MERCY AND JUSTICE
Orientation and Training for Volunteer Service with Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors: Sat, October 22, 9am – 3pm. Want to help in our community but not sure how to do so? Join Kalia Mussetter, the founder of Living Bridges, a local non-profit consultancy that brings people together for transformative community service. Registration required. For more details, follow this link: http://journeycenter.org/hapCompassion.php
TAKE JACK Concert Sat, October 29, 7:30pm – 10:00pm. LOVE LIKE THIS…an evening of music and song with the wonderful vocal ensemble, TAKE JACK (a benefit concert for the Journey Center), Saturday, October 29, 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now- call us! TAKEJACKConcertPoster_Oct2011.pdf
Stop by the Journey Center to enjoy our current art gallery show: Images of Peace and Tranquility- beautiful photography by Nik Catalina. View the poster at http://journeycenter.org/posters/artOpeningPoster_NikCatalina.pdf
Going Deeper” with the Enneagram (Group): THIS Mon, October 3, 6:30pm – 9:00pm. This group is for those who know their Enneagram “numbers”- core style, preferred wing style, etc. We will enjoy teaching on a particular topic related to the Enneagram and participate in exercises that help us to experience transformation in our lives and relationships. Facilitated by Dickson and Joanna. View the Enneagram for Those Familiar Poster
The Enneagram: A Tool for Transformation (Free Introductory Workshop): THIS Wednesday, October 5 (6:30-9:00 p.m.). Join Joanna Quintrell, spiritual director at the Journey Center, for this free workshop designed to introduce you to the Enneagram, an ancient tool for personal and relational transformation. Registration required. For more details: http://www.journeycenter.org/posters/enneagramBeginners_Fall2011.pdf
The Enneagram Exploration Group: Wednesdays, October 12-November 9 (7-9 p.m.). Explore in depth the nine personality styles of the Enneagram and discover the unique person you were created to be. Facilitated by Joanna Quintrell. Registration required and any payment plan is possible. For all the details, follow this link: http://www.journeycenter.org/posters/enneagramBeginners_Fall2011.pdf
New!! Quarterly Enneagram Guest Teacher Workshop-Dance of Tendencies: Exploring Communication in Withdrawn, Compliant and Assertive Enneagram Types: Sat, October 15, 9:00am – 4:30pm. This workshop will explore communication style (Dr. Karen Horney’s research + Enneagram wisdom) and how it manifests in relationship through group participation, movement and mindfulness-based practices. Taught by Claire Barnum, board member for the International Enneagram Association, Bay Area chapter. Limited space available- please register. View the Enneagram for Those Familiar Poster
SHARING THE SACRED: JOURNEYING WITH OTHERS
It is High Holiday Season for our Jewish friends and we’ve been invited to two very special services. For all the details, follow this link… http://journeycenter.org/hapJourneying.php … to our website or call our coordinator, Shauna Jacobs at 707-869-3647. We will carpool to these events .
· October 8th: experience Yom Kippur (At-One-Ment), THE HIGH holiday of the Jewish High Holidays. Location: Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall (9:30 am – 1pm.). Sliding scale $36-$72, advanced registration required by Oct. 3 (registration forms are at the Journey Center)
·October 19th: we have been invited to attend a Simchat Torah (rejoicing of the Torah) service. This is a joyous service celebrating the receiving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. The Jubilee Klezmer Band will add to the festive nature of the evening. Location: B’Nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western Ave, Petaluma. Time: 6:30pm -?. Cost: probably around $10.
Blessings to you on your journey!
The Journey Center
1601 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404