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Word and Life

Winter-Spring, 2012

Richard Rohr, Falling Upward:

A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

(Jossey-Bass, 2011)

In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions. Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand "up." We grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right, and the disappointments of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys in the second half of life. -- An editorial review.


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All sessions will be on Thursdays from 10 AM to 12 noon at the Holy Cross Church Parish Hall, 1740 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA. The series fee, $50, includes the book and all handouts. Save $5 and pre-register by contacting BobDoering@wordandlife.us before the first meeting. Financial aid is available to encourage those on restricted budgets to attend; contact a member of the Steering Committee.

DATE TOPICS

Presenters

Jan. 19 Invitation to a further journey - Intro (vii-xxxvii)
Series introduction by Judith McDermott
Introduction of speaker
Listen to Kathryn Grant's remarks
Further remarks and discussion
Kathryn Grant
Jan. 26 Ch. 1 & 2 (pp. 1-24) - Two halves of life; wisdom reflections

Fr Richard speaks about Falling Upward


Richard Rohr videos

and discussion

Feb.  2 Ch. 3 (pp. 25-51) - The first half of life
Introduction of speaker
Listen to Dawn George's remarks
Further remarks and discussion
Dawn George
Feb.  9

Ch. 4 & 5 (pp.53-72) - The tragic sense of life; stumbling
Introduction of speaker
Listen to Ann Jaqua's remarks
Further remarks and discussion

Ann Jaqua
Feb. 16 Ch. 6 (pp. 73-86) - Necessary suffering Richard Rohr DVDs
Feb. 23 Ch. 7 & 8 (pp. 87-104) - Home and homelessness
Introduction of speaker
Listen to Fr. Jim Clarke's remarks
Further remarks and discussion
Jim Clarke
Mar. 1 Ch. 9 & 10 (pp. 105-125) - Second simplicity; a bright sadness
Introduction of speaker
Listen to Catherine Collis' remarks
Further remarks and discussion
Catherine Collis

Mar. 8

Ch. 11 (pp. 127-136) - The Shadowlands
Introduction of speaker
Listen to David Richo's remarks
Further remarks and discussion
David Richo
Mar. 15 Ch. 12 & 13 (pp. 137-160) - New problems; Falling Upward
Listen to Harriet Burke's remarks
Further remarks and discussion
Harriet Burke
Mar. 22 Coda (pp. 161-67) Listen to Keith Forster's remarks
Closing Liturgy
Keith Forster,
John Hydar

AUDIO RECORDINGS

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Word and Life

May 3 - 10 - 17 - 24, and June 7, 2012

The Power of Coincidence:

How Life Shows Us What We Need To Know

Five May Mornings With
David Richo, Ph.D.

Our discussion book will be The Power of Coincidence How Life Shows Us What We Need to Know, by David Richo (Shambhala Publications, 2007). It is a revised edition of his earlier book: Unexpected Miracles: The Gift of Synchronicity and How to Open It (Crossroad, 1998)

Meaningful coincidences and surprising connections occur all the time in our daily lives, yet we often fail to appreciate how they can guide us, warn us, and confirm us on our life's path. This book explores how meaningful coincidence operates in our daily lives, in our intimate relationships, and in our creative endeavors.

David Richo, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist who leads popular workshops at the Esalen Institute and around the country. He is the author of several books, including How to be an Adult, Catholic Means Universal, Mary Within, and The Sacred Heart of the World: Restoring Mystical Devotion to our Spiritual Lives. He lives in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, Ca.

DATE TOPIC
May 3 Introduction & Current Thought; book distribution
General announcements by Bob Doering
Introduction of David Richo
Listen to David Richo's talk
May 10 Ch. 1 - A Moment Becomes Momentum
Ch. 2 - How Synchronicity Touches Us and Our Relationships
Listen to David Richo's talk, pt. 1
Listen to David Richo's talk, pt. 2
May 17 Ch. 3 - Our Ego and Its Coincidences
Ch. 4 - Our Time and Place
Listen to David Richo's talk, pt. 1
Listen to David Richo's talk, pt. 2
May 24 Ch. 5 - Fate or Destiny?
Ch. 6 - Conditions and Crises
Listen to David Richo's talk, pt. 1
Listen to David Richo's talk, pt. 2
June 7 Ch. 7 - Synchronicity in Our Dreams
Ch. 8 - Synchronicity and Our Spirituality & Epilogue
Listen to David Richo's talk, pt. 1
Listen to David Richo's talk, pt. 2

WHEN: FIVE THURSDAYS, 10 a.m. to noon.
WHERE: HOLY CROSS PARISH HALL, 1740 Cliff Drive
FEE: $35 registration includes the five sessions and the book.
$23 registration for the five sessions without the book.



Previous calendars and presenters
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Winter-Spring 2006 Fall 2006
Winter-Spring 2007 Fall 2007
Winter-Spring 2008 Fall 2008
Winter-Spring 2009 Fall 2009
Winter-Spring 2010 Fall 2010
Winter-Spring 2011 Fall 2011
Winter-Spring 2012