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Christ said, "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." In response to those who didn't understand and asked "When did we do these things for you?" He said, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of these, you did for me." (the book of Matthew, 25:34-40) At the Journey Center, we believe that the love we experience and are nourished by is meant to be shared. Part of our vision is to invite others to join us in the community as we show compassion and work for justice wherever the Spirit leads us.


Be the Bridge to Racial Unity Small Group

Begins Thursday, September 14, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The group will continue to meet the second Thursday of each month (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
for nine months and conclude on May 10, 2018

Mindy Braun and Christopher Huber will facilitate a small group aiming to engage in a dialogue of racial justice and reconciliation. We desire to create space and conversation that is helpful in tearing down racial barriers that have divided people. While these conversations may make us uncomfortable, they cause us to live out God's love of truth, diversity, justice and reconciliation. We will be using a curriculum created by Be the Bridge. Click here to watch a beautiful explanation of what a group like this looks like and how it functions. More>

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Oasis: A Place of Rest and Nourishment for Activists – FREE Informational Meeting

Monday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Please join spiritual director, Joanna Quintrell, as she hosts this first gathering to explore the importance of regularly stepping out of the intense noise, anger and fear to slow down to look inside and find nourishment for our own hearts and minds. A growing number of compassionate people are sensing the call to find their voice, stand up for justice and work towards a safer and more loving world for everyone. Some of you have been activists for decades and others are just now “waking up” to the desire to take action and make a difference. More>

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Come Sit a While

"Come Sit a While"- if you are drawn to reach out to the elderly in our community, please consider joining Rosemarie at a local convalescent home. She has discovered that at least 20 residents there NEVER get even one visitor. All you need is about 20-30 minutes a week. It requires no special talents, just a willingness to be present with a precious elder and "sit a while". For more information, please contact Rosemarie at The Journey Center 707-339-1822 and she will be glad to help you get started in being a blessing.

NEW! 9 Beats: An Invitation to Experience the Living Way of Jesus through the 9–fold Path of the Beatitudes

Free introductory workshop
Monday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
The 9–week group
Mondays, October 10–December 5, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

9 Beats is new material written and being developed by Mark Scandrette, who is an author, teacher and activist. This group experience, led by Richard Lundblad, invites us to live into and be transformed by the Beatitudes through exploring experiments in truth that enable us to become more human, moving from belief systems and judgments to compassion. Richard explains… “Our time together is not a study. The goal is to integrate spiritual practices into our daily lives. It's a curious, playful approach to being human. Our exploring will be more like a Jesus dojo or an artist studio, not a classroom or a museum.” More>

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Kid Street School 3rd and 4th Graders Quilt Project

Five consecutive Thursdays
CANCELLED! March 12, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. at the Journey Center
CANCELLED! March 19 & 26; April 2 & 9, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. at Kid Street School

Join our Kid Street children’s quilting project even if you have never sewn a stitch in your life! Participants will learn the basic principles of quilting this project, how to teach the process to children, and how to volunteer in positive, helpful ways with kids who face extra challenges in life. More>

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In-Service Training for Work with Clients in our Most Vulnerable Local Populations--Living Bridges: Bringing people together for transformative community service

"I tell you the truth, whatsoever you do for one of the least of my brothers or sisters, so you do for me." Matthew 25:40

Saturday, March 21, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
We have many vulnerable neighbors in Sonoma County—adults, teens and children in our local homeless shelters; those in foster group homes, special schools and other care sites for very hurt children; clients of disability service centers, rehab and county services, daytime drop-in centers, and board and care homes for adults living with disabling mental health issues; at-risk, gang-affected, quarter-life, and immigrant youth; our fragile elderly, and individuals in our local juvenile hall and jail, among others.

Many of us involved in ongoing support with people in these populations experience both the profound satisfactions of this work, and also the sometimes enormous frustrations, especially in terms of poor participation by clients, including the over 50% drop-out rate most service centers experience. This training can help make client interactions more workable, leading to increased efficacy for both consumers and providers of vital services in a variety of settings. More>

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Orientation and Training for Volunteer Service with Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

“I tell you the truth, whatsoever you do for one of the least of my brothers or sisters, so you do for me.“ Matthew 25:40

Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
With whom did Jesus spend virtually all of His time while He was here? With those He was mentoring and also with the most vulnerable people in every community He visited. So many of us, whether we are secular folk or engaged in some form of spiritual practice, want to help in our community but may or may not be quite sure how to do so. Many of us have a lot of experience volunteering and are interested in expanding our skills and capacities for service. More>

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